Walk2Work Day: 11th March 2020
Walk2Work Day is New Zealand’s day to celebrate walking. You can walk almost anywhere, at any time, in any weather for free. If it’s that bit too far just walk to catch a bus or ferry for your health, and the health of our planet.
A walk is part of every bus and ferry ride. Research reported in the British Medical Journal showed that walking and catching the bus, train or ferry keeps you fitter than using a car.
You are also invited to treat yourself and take your favourite walk on this day, or join others at your local council event.
Check your local council website for more information on Walk2Work Day events near you.
The benefits of making a walk part of your commute
It’s easy and starts with one step – walk 1000 metres, about 1300 steps or 12 minutes and you will:
- Gain energy, lift your mood and improve balance and coordination;
- Tone your legs, bum and tum and use up 74 calories (for a 70kg person);
- Save $3.62 of health benefits, save 0.72 cents of car costs, and avoid 0.2kgs of carbon emissions;
- Reduce your disease risk and improve heart health; and
- Be able to socialise with friends and community on the way.
Walk more by:
- leaving the car at home and walk, bus or train;
- walking to the local shops or walk the kids to school;
- using the stairs; or
- aiming for 30 minutes a day – or 10,000 steps if you’re using a pedometer.
Source: Living Streets Aotearoa website.Published on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020, under Events