Walk because you never know who you’re going to meet on the way

May 2nd, 2015 by Living Streets

Walking along the St Peter Port seafront during World Aid Walk 2014 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Walking along the St Peter Port seafront during World Aid Walk 2014 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Many Bailiwick of Guernsey residents will be walking to raise funds for several very worthwhile charities in World Aid Walk on 4 May 2015.

This is a wonderful beginning to National Walking Month in May, which is promoted by Living Streets and encourages us to walk to work and walk to school to improve our health.

Living Streets in the UK and Living Streets Guernsey champion pedestrians and campaign for safe, attractive streets where people want to walk.

It is probably stating the obvious that walking is the cheapest, simplest and one of the most effective forms of exercise but it is often overlooked.

The benefit of walking is that it can be incorporated so easily into our daily lives.

(click image to open Walk to Work week flyer)

(click image to open Walk to Work week flyer)

It can be such a social activity because you never know which friend you might meet along the way and they may share a part of your journey to increase the enjoyment.

Walking offers the pleasure of the great outdoors.

In Guernsey we are blessed with a coastline that provides the sound of the sea.

On rural walks and in leafy suburbs there’s the pleasure of bird song to accompany us and the opportunity to observe wildlife such as a beautiful butterfly.

Walking for just 20 minutes a day can transform fitness levels, improve health and reduce stress and anxiety.

It’s also good for the economy.

Investing in a well-maintained public realm and creating an attractive walking environment has been shown to boost footfall on the high street by up to 40%.

Shops, cafés and restaurants increase their income adjacent to well-planned pedestrianised areas.

Workplaces and individual employees can register for Walk to Work Week, from 11th to 15th May 2015, log their walks, compete with colleagues, and see how many calories they’ve walked off.

Walk to School Week from 18th to 22nd May 2015 encourages families to try the school run on foot and see how much less stressful and healthier it can be.

Living Streets’ Chief Executive Joe Irvin said “walking just 20 minutes a day can make all the difference to how a person feels both physically and emotionally.”

Walking to work provides health benefits

Walking to work provides physical and mental health benefits

 

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