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Why We Celebrate Walk To Work Day

05 April 2019
Zara Woodcock
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We’re celebrating Walk to Work day on April 5. Why? For the health of ourselves and our planet, of course. Nowadays, everyone rushes to get to work, squeezing into trains and buses just to get to work. However, there are many other ways to get to work that doesn’t involve the tiresome process of squeezing under somebody’s armpit on public transport.

Getting involved in this national day can help put you on the right track to a healthier (and probably, sweatier) you.  This annual event encourages you to be mindful of your carbon footprint, which is the main reason for this day.

What Is Walk To Work Day?

Walk to Work Day isn’t just based on physical health, but focuses on the health of the planet as a whole. Prevention Magazine pushed for this holiday in 2004 and it was quickly picked up in the USA’s Department of Health and Human Services. Over the years, the popularity of this event grew, and we believe it should be just as popular in the United Kingdom.

Walking to work provides obvious health benefits to the otherwise sedentary person sitting in an office chair for 8 hours a day. Walking helps you wake up as well as giving you time to clear your head before walking into a long day at the office. There’s more to life than work and sleep, so this extra time will give you the chance to put in the exercise and time to yourself you might not usually get.

How Should I Celebrate?

As the name of the day hints at, walk to work. Put those car keys down, put away your oyster card and simply walk to work. Of course, this is easier said than done. If you live more than an hour or two’s walk away, then this day might not be for you. However, anything less than that will be the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and appreciate your surroundings. It’s a simple day, with endless physical and planetary health benefits. So why not join in?

 

Interested In Helping The Earth?

It takes small but meaningful steps to reduce carbon footprint, reduce waste, and look after the planet. If you’re still interested in helping, have a read of our other articles concerning the environment: