Friday 14 November 2014 is National Walk to Work Day (in Australia). The day is an annual event run by Diabetes Australia to help employers and employees build regular walking into their daily routine.
The objectives of the day are:
- To raise funds for Diabetes Australia
- To promote regular walking as a healthy activity and reduce the incidence of diabetes (better physical, mental & social health)
- To reduce the reliance on the private motor vehicle (reduce car-dependency)
- To promote and improve the use of public transport (less traffic)
- To improve air quality by reducing unnecessary vehicle emissions (reduce global warming)
As I've talked about before, getting active is a huge struggle for most people. Adding some activity into your day doesn't have to mean getting to the gym - it can just mean choosing more physically active ways to get around, and mixing up the day with more activity breaks.
The way you get to and from work each day can have a big impact on your overall activity for the day. The local train station I go to has a really long walk from the carpark, up a ginormous ramp to get to the concourse and then on to the platform. Although I curse the ramp when I'm running for a train, just this journey probably adds 1,250 steps to my day. Add that to the walk to and from the train station near my work, and I can count on about 3,000 steps per day just in my commute.
How do you get to work each day? Are you going to add some extra walking in on Friday? Go on, you can do it!