Reaping the benefits of Walk to Work Day

Taking place on Friday 13 November, Walk to Work Day turns 18 this year.

Run by Diabetes Australia, this annual event asks employers and employees to replace part – or all – of their work commute with walking. The aim is to raise funds for the not-for-profit organisation while promoting the benefits of walking as part of your daily routine.

There are plenty of positives to take from getting involved. Here are five to help inspire you.

1. Get outside

The weather is warm, and it’s the end of the week. Walking to work, while helping raise money and awareness for a worthy cause, is a feel-good way to see in the weekend.

2. It’s good for your health

Walking regularly is beneficial to your general fitness and mental wellbeing. It can help you reduce stress, better manage your weight, lower your blood pressure and reduce the incidence of diabetes.

3. There are plenty of options

You can opt to walk the full route, park your car a little farther from the office, get off public transport a stop early or go for a lunchtime stroll. A change to your everyday commute – and perhaps the associated rush-hour state of mind – can provide a fresh perspective and help you see your surrounds in a new light.

4. Make it social

Why not gather some colleagues and form a team? Speak with your manager or HR to see whether Walk to Work Day is an initiative your workplace would consider hosting as a fundraising event. Employers can also show their support by hosting a healthy breakfast for staff partaking on the day.

5. It’s environmentally friendly

Imagine the collective benefit of reducing vehicle emissions from everyone taking part in Walk to Work Day.

Registrations are already open for Walk to Work Day. So start counting those kilometres and see how much you can contribute – not only to the cause, but also to your wellbeing.

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