Walk To Work Week takes place next week and as part of our bid to encourage as many of you as possible to make a change to your travel arrangements and walk to work, we’ve put together some of the health benefits you can expect to feel in reward for your efforts.

 

Perhaps you feel you live too far away from your place of work to make the whole journey on foot? If you get the bus, could you get off a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way? Or maybe, park your car a little further away, or if you get a lift, ask the driver to drop you at a different location for a change?

 

Whatever your circumstances, there’s something we can all do to get in a few extra paces next week. It just takes a bit of planning, willpower and imagination!

 

So let’s take a look at some of the best health benefits of walking:

 

Healthy Heart

 

Walking, and brisk walking in particular, strengthens your heart. If you walk regularly, you can also enjoy the added benefit of reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

Healthy Weight

 

Like all forms of exercise, walking contributes towards maintaining a healthy weight. It burns calories, as well as toning your legs, bum, tummy and arms for an all-round, effective workout.

 

Stronger Immune System

 

Research has found that walking can boost your immune system and reduce your chances of developing disease, including certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes and asthma. It’s also a great way to make sure you’re getting your daily dose of Vitamin D as walkers tend to spend more time outside.

 

Healthy Mind

 

As well as benefitting your body, walking is also extremely good for the mind. The fresh air helps clear your head, organise your thoughts and reinvigorate your mind, boosting your energy levels and improving your concentration levels. So it may help improve your productivity at work too – all the more reason to get involved next week! Some research has also found that walking reduces your risk of developing dementia too.

 

Happiness

 

The healthy mind benefits manifest themselves in how we feel about ourselves, making us feel more satisfied and happier. The endorphins released during walking counteract any feelings of stress and anxiety and in some cases can be as effective as anti-depressants. Walking can also be an extremely sociable activity, with many groups and rambling associations established across the country.

 

So with so many reasons to take part in Walk to Work Week next week, what are you waiting for? Give it a go, and let us know how you get on by tweeting us or sending us a message on our Facebook page.