Walk to work today!

 In Unimenta Blog

Today is Walk to Work Day! Walking to work, who does that anymore? All the rushing around we feel we have to do and hitting the snooze button 5 times before crawling out of bed and barely getting there on time in the car or train commute… who has time to WALK to work?

Well Walk to Work Day is a chance to change up your routine, add a little more time to it, and see how a slower start to your day can lead to a more efficient day.

Maybe you can’t walk the whole way to work but why not  walk for at least part of your commute to work? Aim for a minimum 15-minute walk each way. If you take public transport, try walking to a further stop before you get on, or getting off a stop early and walking the rest of the distance to work. If your commute is too long, make it a “walk at lunch day.” Invite your co-workers to join with you in walking to work or walking at lunch.

Why is walking so good for us?

  1. It improves your mood. You know how sometimes it takes a glass of wine or a square (or three) of dark chocolate to blunt the edge of a rough day? Going for a walk is a zero-calorie strategy with the same benefits. Research shows that regular walking is calming and helps regulate moods. When you walk with someone like a co-worker, friend or neighbour you feel more connected too. Walking also exposes you to natural sunlight, an immediate mood booster.
  2. It makes you more creative. Whether you’re feeling stuck at work or you’ve been searching for a solution to a tricky problem, research shows it’s a good idea to get moving: According to a 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition, going for a walk can spark creativity.
  3. It helps you feel fitter.  Becoming more toned and even losing a little weight is a happy benefit for those who start walking regularly. Regular walking helps improve your body’s response to insulin and walking every day is one of the most effective ways to burn extra calories and increase your metabolism.

So start today by walking for all or some of your commute – then start making walking part of your everyday whether it’s a morning walk, a lunchtime break or a walking work meeting.