Now in its 15th year, National Walk to Work Day, on Friday 4 October 2013, is an annual event which helps employers and employees to build regular walking into their daily routine.
Did you know that people who exercise regularly are generally healthier and may experience less stress? It can also help to relieve feelings of depression or anxiety. A regular walking habit can also improve your heart health, help you build stronger muscles and lower your risk of some long-term health conditions. And it could even help improve our environment by reducing car dependency.
So we are asking all workers to put their Feet First and take part in National Walk to Work Day on Friday 4 October 2013.
- If you can't walk all the way, use public transport and get off the bus, train, tram or ferry a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way to work.
- If you need to drive, try to leave the car at least a kilometre from your destination and walk the rest of the way.
- Take a half-hour walk at lunchtime.
- Where possible use the stairs rather than escalators or the lift.
- If you sit a lot at work, remember get up and walk around at least once every hour. Go and grab a piece of fruit or a drink of water, or get up to talk to a colleague instead of sending an email.
To support and participate in National Walk to Work Day, every worker in Australia is encouraged to 'register individually.'
CEOs and HR Managers are also encouraged to Register their organisations as a Walking Workplace at walk.com.au. They can help to promote the event locally by contacting our PR consultants in their state or territory (see walk.com.au for details). Management can also Host a Healthy Breakfast for those employees who take part.
Once registered online as a Walking Workplace, organisations will receive WTWD e-newsletters with motivational tips for management and staff on how to Make Walking Work For You.