Even if it’s for only part of the journey, walking to work can have a big impact on your health. Health experts worldwide agree that adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day for good health. Getting active in the morning is a great way to start your day, and a nice way to wind down after work. It will also help you sleep better at night.
Here's a few ideas to inspire you to start walking a bit more as part of your daily activities.
Getting to Work
A great way to start the day - If you live close to work, walking to work is a great way to find 30 minutes of daily exercise and a nice way to start and end the day.
Walk to catch the bus or train - If you can’t walk all the way to work, try walking to the bus stop or the train station. You can even get off one or two stops early and walk the rest of the way. Every bit counts.
Walking at work
Walk to and from business meetings - This helps break up the day and has you arriving at the meeting alert and invigorated. If you don't need a computer, maybe ask your co-workers if they'd like to take a ‘walking meeting’ with you around the block or to a quiet park or café. This is not only a good way to get to know your work mates better; it’s also an opportunity to introduce them to some alternative ways to get around.
Take the stairs - Next time you can, use your legs instead of the lift or escalator, as this is a great way to fit extra exercise into your busy day. Remember, every step counts towards a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Be a Champion
Are you already a keen walker? Consider signing up your workplace to Your Move today, and make a difference by encouraging more people to walk to and from work!