Walk Your Way to Health This National Walk to Work Day
Walking is one of the most underrated ever. Walking works your arms, legs, core, and even your butt! However, most people associate walking with doing chores, and people don’t like doing chores as much as possible. This makes them miss out on such a great opportunity to get a decent exercise without feeling like you’re exercising.
The Benefits of Walking
Walking can help with…
1. Weight loss
Everyone wants to manage their weight better, and walking is really effective when it comes to burning extra calories. Not only will you work up a sweat, you will also save the money you would have used for public transportation or gas, plus you actually got somewhere important. Not one, not two, but three goals with just walking.
2. Stronger body
It’s not surprising to have a hard time climbing stairs or walking a mile or two, and that’s because people are more or less sedentary nowadays. People don’t even stand up and go outside as much anymore, especially with the number of things you can just have delivered at your doorstep. Walking can help your body feel stronger when you do walk out which can translate to stronger leg muscles, bones, and joints.
3. Reduced stress
When we’re stressed, the first thing we all want to do is walk out in the open and breathe fresh air. Now, imagine doing that exact relaxing thing the moment you step outside your house on the way to work? Sounds like a good idea, right?
If you ever want to get back to walking, there’s no better day to do that than National Walk to Work Day. If you want to participate, here are some of the best ways to do it!
Keep it simple by walking to work
Perhaps the single most effective way to participate in the event is by simply doing what the event calls for: Walking to work. Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean walking the same distance that a car would take an hour to get to. If you can do that, by all means, but we’re all practical here and a lot of us don’t want to wake up two hours earlier just to get to work on time.
You can walk to work by simply getting off a train or bus station early then walking towards the office. You can also walk your way towards the stop you normally would use a cab or bus to get to, even if it’s in the middle of your commute. The idea is to get walking as part of your daily routine.
Another way is by taking the stairs over the escalator or elevator, especially if the place you’re going to is just one or two floors higher or lower.
Walk with a friend or more
Walking by yourself can be self-fulfilling and relaxing, but humans didn’t evolve by being solitary. Take advantage of your social media connections and ask if anyone wants to walk with you on National Walk to Work Day. It’s better if you’re both going the same way, but it’s also okay if you’ll part ways at a stop or if you just do it virtually.
Not only will you both get exercise, you will also have a stronger relationship and have a special day to remember when you and your friend/s walked to work together.
Spice things up by getting up earlier and having breakfast together.
You can also walk home from work
Hey, if you can’t walk to work because of time constraints, it’s still perfectly acceptable to participate when you walk from work. It’s essentially the same thing, except you’re doing it when you go home.
Walking may seem boring and a chore, but it’s a secret long-time fitness enthusiasts do every day. This National Walk to Work Day is the best day to try walking for yourself. Who knows? You might find walking to be something you end up enjoying.