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April Is National Walk to Work Month

National Walk to Work day was during the first week of April… when most of the Eastern Seaboard saw rain, snow, and record low temperatures. Since spring appears to be on a delay this year, let’s extend this celebration for the rest of the month—and enjoy the health benefits that walking brings.

National Walk to Work Month

It should be no surprise that walking gets its own national holiday. Walking has many proven benefits, including these, according to the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Improved circulation
  • Better bone density
  • Extended life expectancy
  • Improved mood
  • Weight loss
  • Stronger muscles
  • Better sleep
  • Joint support
  • Better lung function
  • Improved memory retention and lowered risk of Alzheimer’s

You may not be able to actually walk to work, whether because of distance, safety, or  the amount you have to carry. However, for National Walk to Work Day, Week, or Month, you can walk at work. Aim for 30 minutes a day; that may seem like too long a break to take, but how about six breaks of five minutes each? This has the added benefit of improving your concentration and staving off the back pain that results from excessive sitting.  Add an alarm to your smartphone or computer to remind you to walk, or set your fitness tracker to vibrate a reminder.

If you have to hold a meeting with only one or two co-workers, why not have it while walking around the building a few times? Or build time into your lunch break to walk before and after eating; it will improve your digestion as well as your after-lunch productivity. To make sure you are set up to walk at work, leave a pair of good walking shoes at your desk, so you’re always ready to get some steps.

The goal of National Walk to Work Day is to encourage people to make walking a habit: not just for one day, but every day. Let this April be the month you start a lifetime of walking.

 

Celebrate National Walking Day on April 2, 2014

The American Heart Association has declared April 2 to be National Walking Day, with the goal of encouraging everyone to take 30 minutes and get up and walk.  The event intends national walking dayto both raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to encourage participants to start walking as a healthy habit.

Research has shown that walking 30 minutes per day can help:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke,
  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels,
  • Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity,
  • Enhance mental well-being, and
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.

Walking is also a great fitness activity because it has a low dropout rate.  Because it’s easy to get started, it’s easier to stick with it and incorporate walking as a healthy habit.

To get your community or company up and moving, the American Heart Association provides tools to help you plan a rally or event at your workplace.  On April 2, consider encouraging employees to walk for 30 minutes.  Another idea is to invite employees to wear sneakers to work on National Walking Day.  Alternatively, try holding at least one walking meeting, which can help you tackle a work problem and work on improving your health at the very same time.