April 6th Is National Walk To Work Day
Friday, April 6th is National Walk to Work Day and I’m all for it. I’ve said and written about it before - I LOVE TO WALK. Walking clears my head, helps my heart and my blood sugars, and it makes me happy! Here’s the thing, most of us don’t have the luxury of walking to work but that doesn't mean we can’t walk when we get there.
Walk at work
I say that if you can’t walk to work, walk at work. Use your breaks or lunch and do a few laps. Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes, put your headphones on and walk.
You don’t have to walk fast and your don’t have to walk far, but 15 minutes of walking will make you feel good. And there’s a very good chance that it will help improve your blood sugar.
I also believe that we should take “National Woal Day” a step further (see what I did there), and carve out some 15 minutes a day that week, to walk while we’re at work. The same rules apply: Use your break to walk. Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes, put on your earbuds and play music that you love and that will keep you moving at a good pace and start walking.
Benefits of walking
15 minutes away from the computer and the phone, 15 minutes where you can move, clear your head, and breathe deep. 15 minutes where you can stretch your legs and swing your arms. 15 minutes where you can get away from the stress of the work day and focus on moving forward, both literally and figuratively. If you think you can do 20 minutes, go for it! If you think 15 minutes is too much to start with, that’s cool, set your timer for 10 minutes and be proud that you’re moving!
If you take a "walk break" for 5 days in a row at work, you’ve accomplished so much! I say go for it!
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