Walk to Work Week from 14 to 18 May encourages a healthier lifestyle

May 9th, 2012 by Living Streets

Michelle Duquemin walks over six miles every work day from her home to work in St Peter Port. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

This May, people across the British Isles will be leaving their cars at home and taking to their feet for national Walk to Work Week from 14 to 18 May 2012.

British charity Living Streets works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets where people want to walk. With funding from the UK’s Big Lottery Fund, we work to highlight the role that walking can play in bringing some much needed activity into our daily lives.

The latest figures show that a quarter of UK adults are now classified as obese, and that a growing number of us jump in the car for over a fifth of journeys shorter than one mile.

Walking to work is the easiest way to reintroduce some crucial healthy activity into your work-day.

Journeys made for Walk to Work week will all count towards a national total for the week, and count towards totals for the Great British Walking Challenge.

Employees will be encouraged not only to incorporate walking into their daily routine, but also to log their walking miles, and even take part in friendly competition in the workplace or among friends. Walk to Work Week aims to encourage and support a healthier lifestyle for commuters.

In addition to the known health benefits, regular exercise such is known to boost performance at work and counter lethargy, stress and depression. Walk to Work Week shows that a small amount of exercise can produce great benefits, be enjoyable, and can easily become part of even the busiest schedule.

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Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets said “being active doesn’t have to mean costly gym sessions, or marathon running attempts – there is a free and easy way to work more exercise into your daily routine, and it is often overlooked – give yourself a daily dose of walking.

“The benefits of walking more are huge and not only for your health, but to give time to plan for the day ahead, or to unwind after it. It can be as simple as stepping outside for a lunchtime walk, or getting off the bus a few stops earlier on your way into the office. That time spent walking, whether on your own or with colleagues, is a chance to take a step back from your inbox, breaking up your day and improving your productivity once you return.

“We are urging everyone to give it a go during Walk to Work Week this year and tot up miles for the Great British Walking Challenge. We think you’ll be amazed at what a difference a short blast of fresh air can do for you, not just to improve your physical health, but for your mental well-being as well.”

(click on logo to go to Living Streets website for more information)

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