Why not start to walk to work?


Small changes every day can have a significant impact on your overall health. Taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking the car a little further, taking calls while standing and moving, going for a 10 minute walk on your lunch break or even walking to work.  All these little extra moves are full of benefits for those who spend hours sitting down.

Regular walking can help strengthen muscles and bones, improve mental health and prevent a lot of medical conditions, including heart disease, depression, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. And if you're looking to lose weight, your goal could be just steps away: According to a study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, adults who walked or biked to work were shown to have lower body fat than those who drove.

If you live within a reasonable distance of your work, consider this a perfect opportunity to give the car a break, conserve some fuel and enjoy some fresh air by hoofing it to the office.

For those who are new to exercise, walking is a perfect way to ease into regular physical activity. You don't need to possess any special skills, a gym membership or any equipment - other than the right shoes, of course.

 

Tips to start to walk way

 

If the distance from home to work isn't walkable, you can still reap the benefits of being on foot. Here are some quick tips:

 

- Instead of driving, look for public transport options within walking range. Just the act of walking to and boarding a bus will ramp up your daily steps. If you already take public transport, disembark a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way.

- Get in your 30 minutes by walking during your lunch break, or grab a few co-workers and invite them to walk to a nearby park for a picnic lunch.

- When driving to work, park in the farthest spot in the parking lot (or a different lot altogether) to extend the walk into the office.

- During phone calls, step away from your desk and walk while talking on a headset. Studies show that too much sitting has a negative impact on your health, so any opportunity to stand up—and get moving—will boost overall wellness.

- Consider investing in a fitness tracker. These convenient, wristwatch-style devices monitor your steps and calories burned, which can be a huge motivator to step up your walking.

- Create a workplace walking challenge. Encourage a company-wide commitment by inviting your co-workers to participate. You can set simple daily goals and have participants log their minutes, with superior steppers earning an incentive like an extra day off, free lunch or new exercise gear. 


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