Walk to Work Week 2013

10.05.13

Walk to Work Week 2013

 Employees from our Trust are swapping cars, buses and trains for a pair of walking shoes this Walk to Work Week.

Walk to Work Week (13-17 May) is an opportunity for employees across the UK to make walking part of their commute. Along with Walk to School Week (20-24 May), Walk to Work Week forms a part of National Walking Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the benefits of walking.

Participants can log their walks on the Living Streets website, www.livingstreets.org.uk, and see calories burnt, CO2 saved and compete against colleagues.

Last year the UK public collectively logged 128,271 miles – that’s 146.76 times between Land’s End and John O’Groats, with workplaces logging 70,000 miles during Walk to Work Week alone!

Walking for just half an hour each day can transform your fitness levels, reduce stress, and vastly improve your concentration levels for the day ahead. Physically active employees are also less likely to suffer from major health problems, less likely to take sickness leave and less likely to have an accident at work. 

But we’re not all enjoying the benefits. National Travel Survey results published in December 2012 showed a 24% decline in the number of walking trips per person since the mid-90s. Physical inactivity now rivals smoking as a leading risk factor for global mortality.

Living Streets, supported by our Trust, aims to change this by encouraging people to incorporate walking into their daily routine and supporting them with tips, advice and motivation. 

Chief Executive Dr Frank Harsent said: "Incorporating walking into our daily journeys brings great benefits for individuals. Walking all or part of your commute is an excellent way to get some activity into your day, doing wonders for both your mental and physical health. Even if its not practical to walk the whole way, even just by getting off the bus a couple of stops earlier, we can all walk more in our daily lives and reap the benefits.” 

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more information: http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/national-walking-month-may-2013