Living Streets Walk to Work Week from 13 to 17 May 2013

March 20th, 2013 by Living Streets

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British charity Living Streets is urging employees to get a ticket to stride for their daily commute this May.

Walk to Work Week from 13 to 17 May 2013 is an opportunity for employees across Britain to make walking part of their commute.

Along with Walk to School Week from 20 to 24 May 2013, Walk to Work Week forms a part of National Walking Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the benefits of walking.

Participants can log their walks on the Living Streets website and see calories burnt, CO2 saved, and compete against colleagues.

In 2012, British workplaces collectively logged 70,000 of the 128,271 miles recorded during national walking month.

Walking for just half an hour each day can transform your fitness levels, reduce stress, and vastly improve your concentration levels for the day ahead.

Deputy Peter Harwood, Guernsey's Chief Minister, walks to walk as often as he can (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Peter Harwood, Guernsey’s Chief Minister walks to walk as often as he can (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Physically active employees are also less likely to suffer from major health problems, less likely to take sickness leave and less likely to have an accident at work.

But we’re not all enjoying the benefits. National Travel Survey results published in December 2012 showed a 24% decline in the number of walking trips per person since the mid-90s.

Physical inactivity now rivals smoking as a leading risk factor for global mortality.

We want to turn this around in May 2013, and encourage people to walk more by tracking their walking miles to school, as part of the commute to work, or even taking the dog for a walk round the park.

Discover where walking can take you this Walk to Work Week and log your walks. Registration opens from 1 April 2013.

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets said “this May, we want to get the whole of Britain buying a ticket to stride.”

“As part of National Walking Month we’ll be asking employees and school children to give walking a go for at least a week,” he said.

“It can be as simple as walking all or part of the journey to school, stepping out of the office for a lunchtime walk, or getting off the bus a few stops earlier on your way home from the office.”

“You don’t need costly gym sessions, or marathon running attempts to get fit and active.”

“Walking is a free and easy way to work more exercise into your daily routine, and logging your walks on the Living Streets website this National Walking Month is a great way to get started. ”

 

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