Some of the great thinkers of our time were avid walkers from Aristotle and Freud through Charles Dickens to Steve Jobs. They would have laced up for National Walking Month!
We’re sitting,on average, for 9.3 hours per day - far more than the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping. There are consequences. Physical inactivity leads to higher risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes. “Sitting has become the smoking of our generation” (Nilofer Merchant – Ted Talk)
Walking is free,flexible and fun, and proven to have a huge impact on your wellbeing. Why not pledge to incorporate 20 minutes' walking in your everyday routine? #Try20.
Here are 10 different tips to help you.
Walk and Talk. Invite friends or family for fresh air, care and share
Try a walking meeting. Boost your energy & productivity
Walk to or from work. Get off a stop earlier or park further away if you have to
Take the long way round. Plan ahead and see things you wouldn’t normally
Shop Local. Walk to the local shops to get healthy ingredients for supper
Treat Yourself. With a walk, it's the least you deserve. Walking is not only good for our bodies, it's great for our mood.
Have a walking adventure.Children or grand kids can make you see walking differently. Let the little ones take you for a walk this weekend
Lunch Alfresco, not Aldesko! Invite friends or colleagues on a picnic lunch that you walk to.
Two birds, one stone.Incorporate chores into lunchtime walk and support your local shops whilst feeling energised.
Power Walk. A great way to stay healthy, boosting fitness and energy levels. You'll get further in your 20 minutes too!