Walking to work, who does that any more? We know with all the rushing around you have to do and hitting the snooze button 5 times before crawling out of bed and barely getting there on time in the car… 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 life overall. In this age of growing awareness about how being sedentary affects our health, walking to work can make a huge difference in our lives, and our lifespans.
History of Walk To Work Day
Of course, the heart of Walk to Work Day isn’t just based on our physical and emotional health but actually concerns itself with the health of the planet as a whole.
Prevention magazine promoted this holiday in 2004 and it was quickly picked up by the US Department of Health and Human Services. It was a strong mutual push for this holiday in the years to follow and continues to be celebrated and supported unofficially my people everywhere.
Walking to work provides amazing health benefits to the otherwise sedentary person. The extra time necessary to walk to work helps wake you up and spend time clearing your head and greeting the day in something less than a rush.
In a world where we so often forget that there’s more to life than working and sleeping, this extra time can help us take time to appreciate the things we usually miss. Whether it’s just the feel of the wind on our skin, the sun overhead, the rain falling down, the sound of birds or just the activity and life of the city around us, Walk to Work Day helps to reconnect us with our environment in some very important ways.
How to Celebrate Walk to Work Day
Set the car keys down, set the alarm early, pack yourself a breakfast you can eat on the go, and plot your route. Those are the first steps to your Walk to Work Day experience.
After that, you might want to grab a second set of shoes to throw in your bag so you aren’t trying to walk in heels or dress shoes, both of those are just going to lead to a day of woe for you with blisters the size of pancakes.
If it’s particularly warm out, you might even pack your work clothes into your bag and give yourself a little extra time to change when you get there. Walk to Work Day helps you reduce carbon emissions, add some healthy movement to your day, and generally appreciate the world around you more. So get out there and get to steppin’!