Even if your commute is an active one, a full day of sitting is not your friend. However, in just a half-hour midday break you can claim a third of the recommended 10,000 steps per day. Plan a walk each day at a time that suits your work schedule and you’ve got an easy, free ‘silver bullet’ that is beneficial for stress relief and overall emotional well-being.
Good for body & mind
Decide how to work it into your daily schedule and choose a route that will give your body and mind some respite. If you work at a computer, give your eyes a break by expanding your focal range at a park or open space. If you work in a busy or clustered area, consider seeking some quiet time and space on your own. If you work alone in a cubicle, bring a friend or two along for your walk.
Make your mid-work walk break an unmissable part of each day!
If there isn’t already a regular walking group near you, consider leading a Weekly WALK: all you need is a bit of get-up-and-go.
Lead your own WeeklyWALK
- DECIDE to get out of your chair and walk on a regular basis.
- MOTIVATE - create a poster (LINK to: WeeklyWALK poster template April 2016) inviting, encouraging (…coercing?) colleagues and friends to give it a try and join in at any time.
- GATHER - choose a convenient time and a logical meeting place.
- SMILE - welcome new participants who might need little more than a friendly smile.
- ASK for someone to act as The HEEL. (In groups of five or more, have someone keep pace with the most leisurely walkers so that no one gets left behind.)
- SEEK a safe and comfortable route; use crosswalks and obey traffic signals to ensure everyone’s safety.
- ALLOW a variety of walking speeds; newbies need not strain to keep up with powerwalkers.
- REPEAT weekly, or daily.
Be consistent. Even if none of the others in your group show up on a particular day, go and enjoy that walk. You will demonstrate the reliability of your walking group.
Invite others. Download the poster here: https://bcgreencare.ca/resource/weeklywalk-poster
SHARE your stories, photos, successes, frustrations #WednesdayWALK #WeeklyWALK
Have a question? Add a comment below or connect directly with Arthur Orsini, Active Transportation Facilitator email@example.com