National Walk to Work Day
Date When Celebrated: First Friday in April
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson declared the first National Walk to Work Day as April 2, 2004. With obesity and sedentary lifestyles growing at an alarming rate, National Walk to Work Day was initiated to draw attention to the need to get out and exercise, and to get in shape.
On this day, Americans are encouraged to walk to work. If you can't walk to work, take a walk during lunch time, or another time of the day. The goal is to walk 30 minutes a day. Health officials are hoping this will encourage people to add a 30 minute walk to their daily lives. Health officials, medical agencies, and medical organizations around the country state that a 30 minute walk will significantly improve you health. The benefits are many, including lower weight, less chance of heart disease, less risk of diabetes, and much more. This translates to a longer and healthier life.
Unmentioned in other articles, is the emotional and mental benefits of walking. Walking is relaxing and peaceful. If you walk in a park, or along a waterfront, it can be captivating. Need a quick picker upper? Take a walk today.
Note: Walking is free of charge. And, as of this writing, there is no tax on walking, either.
So, if you can't walk to work today, walk 30 minutes at a convenient time. Then, make it a apart of your daily life.
Here is another similar holiday of interest: Bike to Work Day
Australia also had a Walk to Work Day. It's the first Friday in October.
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