I’m a big walker. And my “big walker” I’m not referring to my rather modest waist size, but rather to the idea that I am a huge fan of walking. During the summer I take full advantage of living in the Canadian Rockies by hiking along some of the most spectacular hiking trails you’ll encounter anywhere on the planet.
So that might explain why I’m such a fanatic about encouraging people to walk more. And not just in their off-work hours, but at work as well.
There’s a reason, I think, that the characters in the TV show The West Wing always walked around the office so much while they talked. Those walkie-talkies can help you burn off some steam, lower your stress levels, boost your energy levels, spark creative thinking and force some chance encounters with colleagues which in turn can improve overall workplace communication, trust and morale in your office.
And of course there’s that old health and fitness issue. There’s been a spate of research as of late warning people to get up off their duffs. These studies suggest that we were not built to sit for long periods, and that sitting for long stretches may actually shorten our lifespans!
Of course, another opportunity to feel better is to walk to and from work. The first Friday of every April is official “Walk to Work Day,” which encourages people to, well, walk to work. (And probably home again too.)
Imagine the mental and physical health benefits of walking to work every day. Considering that many studies suggest that the office commute is one of the most stressful parts of people’s days, and that a long commute has been linked to lower levels of overall happiness, being able to walk to and from work could lead to huge overall improvements in your life. Not to mention the life of the planet.
For a great list of why we should all make a concerted effort to walk more, check out the article at: http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com/blog/2012/15-facts-you-should-share-on-national-walk-to-work-day/
Happy trails everyone.
Michael Kerr, www.mikekerr.com
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