Improving your health doesn’t have to be complicated or challenging. By making some simple steps to improve your health, you can increase your general well being massively. Getting involved in National Walk to Work Day that’s set to take place on April 5th this year could help put you on the right track to a better you.
When it comes to health and well-being, walking is a sure fire way to get fit and drop some weight. Even just doing 30 minutes of walking or simple exercises every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, boost muscle power and improve your endurance. A small amount of activity every day can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike other forms of exercise, walking doesn’t come with a costly monthly fee or require any special equipment or training.
Children are constantly playing and can get so much exercise from playing with their favourite Block Tech sets or other cheap toys. Whereas, us adults need to make sure we are constantly moving and staying active. Have a look at our latest blog providing you with all the information on walking and National Walk To Work Day.
Yes, National Walk to Work Day takes place every year, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider walking to work every other day. Physical activity doesn’t have to be vigorous or carried out for long periods to improve your overall health. One of the great benefits of walking is that it doesn't require any special equipment and can be done at any time of the day. You are in full control of this low impact exercise, so you can perform it at any pace that works best for you.
You can get out and walk to work without worrying about the risks of high impact sports. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time. This is where Walk to Work Week comes in great.
Health Benefits of Walking to Work
You carry your own body weight when you walk. This is known as weight-bearing exercise. Some of the benefits include:
- Increased cardiovascular and heart and lung fitness
- Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
- Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness
- Improves stamina
- Reduction in body fat.
Bring Physical Activity into Your Life by Walking to Work
Sometimes there will be challenges involved with walking to work. Maybe you live too far away, or the weather isn’t great where you live. However, there are other options when it comes to Walk to Work Day on 5th April. Some suggestions to build walking into your daily routine include:
- Take the stairs instead of the lift for some of the way
- Get off public transport one stop earlier and walk to work or home
- Walk to the local shops instead of driving
- Walk the dog or your neighbour’s or friends dog if you don’t have your own.
Make Walking Part of Your Work Routine
Try to make walking a routine and build it into your day-to-day life when it comes to walking to work. Even if you can’t manage a walk to or from work on 5th April, you could even go for a walk at lunchtime. Remember that you use the same amount of energy, no matter what time of day you walk, so do what is most convenient for you at a time that suits you. Having someone join you on activities helps in making it more enjoyable and less like a chore, so why not ask a friend or family member to accompany you on some of the walks.
If you’re walking to or from work, you should plan accordingly. Take care if you plan on doing any of the following on your walk to work this 5th April 2019:
- Walking up or down steep hills
- Walking with hand weights
- Increasing your walking speed gradually by including some quick walking
- Increasing the distance you walk quickly before returning to a moderate walking pace
- Walking for longer periods than you’re used to.
Always remember that it’s so important to warm up and cool down before and after walking to ensure your safety. Making walking a pleasure to do is also something that’s important. If you do decide to walk more often, you want to enjoy it. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Wearing the Right Walking Shoes
The shoes that you wear to work daily are no doubt not going to be the shoes you work in. Unless you are a sports coach or have a job where wearing trainers are the norm, you’ll want to take a bag with a change of shoes. Trainers are the most appropriate and comfortable shoe for walking to work. If you decide to walk on more treacherous ground, it may be time to invest in walking shoes or boots.
Whether you decide to just walk to work on 5th April 2019 as part of Walk to Work Day or you want to introduce walking as a more regular activity in your life, it’s a great thing to do and should help you to improve your overall health and well-being.
Thank you for reading, let us know in the comments down below how many steps you aim to take on Walk to Work Day. Some of us a going for over 10,000 in the PoundToy office...