The majority of us work a job that requires long hours of sitting, or we live in a community where to get anywhere we have a long drive. This leads to lots of sitting everyday, all day. Excessive sitting has been linked to a number of illnesses in recent years, including heart disease. The best solution to this issue is to do more walking.
To that end, Wednesday April 1 is National Walking Day, a movement (pun intended) aimed at making sure everyone gets out of their chairs and takes a 30 minute walk. How can you make sure that you take time out of your day to get a walk in? Here are some tips:
- Wear your sneakers to work on Wednesday. This way you’ll already be ready for a stroll.
- Invite a friend. Tell them to be ready for Wednesday to take a walk with you. Having a partner to keep you accountable will help you reach your goal.
- Walk while on the phone. If you have a conference call or other long phone call you need to make, take it on your cell phone and walk during the conversation.
- Break your walk up. If you can’t carve out an entire 30 minutes, take 3 sets of 10 minutes walks at different points of the day.
In addition to the physical benefits, there are a lot of mental benefits to walking, such as reducing stress and anxiety. So mark your calendars now to go for a walk on April 1.