National Walking Month and here at Myakka we love to get out and about on our own two feet. From Monday 11th May to Friday 15th May is Walk to Work Week where we are all encouraged to walk to work.
This is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and give walking to work a try. It may take a little longer but you will feel fitter, more refreshed and it will help improve your bank balance! Why not register your work place and log your walk. You can even set up teams to see who clocks up the most steps, as well as measuring your own progress in terms of calories burnt, distance walked and the amount of CO2 you have saved by walking and not taking the car. It only takes a few minutes and a little bit of competition is good for us all!
But don’t just walk to work, why not take a walk down to your local shop instead of taking the car, or how about walking to see relatives and friends? Walking has so many benefits – it makes you fitter, is great for your heart and helps burns calories, it saves you money in fuel or bus fare and it is a great way to clear your mind ready for work in the morning and after work on the way home. You may also discover that it is the best way to discover new things about your area.
Living Streets campaigns to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists which in turn makes our environment a safer, cleaner and more social place. They are running a number of campaigns including ‘Show your love for 20mph’ encouraging councils to make residential and shopping areas a 20mph limit; a campaign to stop pavement parking which causes pedestrians to walk on the road and a campaign to remove ice from pavements as well as roads, to make it safer for pedestrians during the winter months. Their website is full of hints and ideas on steps we can take to improve our streets, as well and tips on how to campaign for safer streets in your area.
Take a look at Living Streets website to log your walk, register your work place for Walk to Work Week or to find out more about Living Streets and how to help their campaigns.