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Thursday, 3 May 2012

Go green and take part in the Great British Walking Challenge




Here at Myakka when we aren’t packing furniture, chatting to our customers or designing new furniture we like to stay fit and healthy by walking as much as possible. But walking is a great way of getting around. The charity Living Streets has research to show that if we all swapped 5 short car journeys under 2km in to walks we could reduce our personal carbon footprint by 86kg per year.

To encourage us all to do a little more walking and a little less driving Living Streets hold the Great British Walking Challenge which takes place this month in May as part of the charities National Walking Month. The aim is to get people walking across the country and see how many times we can collectively walk form Land’s End to John O’Groats .

To help and encourage us on our way, Living Streets have lots of tools to calculate how far you have walked, how much CO2 you have saved and record the steps you have taken.  The Great British Walking Week is open to everyone regardless of fitness levels and age. Every walk counts, whether it is to pop down to your local shop, a quick walk to school or work in the morning, of just a leisurely stroll around your neighbourhood.

Why not get a group of friends together and go for a long walk in the country, or how about getting off the bus a stop  early so you can walk and prepare yourself for the day, one of the easiest way to increase your walking is taking a lunch hour stroll, a great way to clear your mind before the afternoon and you get a break from your computer screen! Don’t forget to register you steps online, just click here to let Living Streets know how far you have walked and make your steps count towards the challenge.

This year Living Streets are asking us to go on Twitter and Facebook and share our walking images and sounds. If using Twitter then simply use the hashtag #gbwalk. There is also a challenge on Pinterest to try and get as many Mums as possible to share unique images from their walking with the hastag #mumswalk. So why not share some of things that you love about walking. Whether it is an unusal shaped tree and pretty coloured sky, share your images on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

The best pins will be added to the Living Streets Pinterest board and their favourite images will be used  for a real life walking photography exhibition planned for June.

To sign up for the challenge this month click here

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