National Walk to Work Day

Make Walking Part of Your Commute

NYC Street Crossing with Look Sign
NYC Street Crossing with Look Sign. © Spencer Platt / Getty Images News

About Walk to Work Day:

National Walk to Work Day was held on a Friday in April in the USA, beginning in 2004. The day was promoted by Prevention magazine and endorsed by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the American Podiatric Medical Association. National coordination for the event was no longer current as of 2015, but it is honored unofficially.

How to Participate in Walk to Work Day

You are encouraged to walk for all or part of your commute to work. Aim for a minimum 15 minute walk each way. If you take public transportation, try walking to a further stop before boarding, or getting off a stop early and walking the rest of the distance to work. If your commute is too long, make it a Walk to Lunch Day. Invite your co-workers to join with you for Walk to Work Day, or join you in a Walk to Lunch.

The Goal - Add Healthy Steps to Your Day

Walking for 30-60 minutes a day greatly reduces your risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. By finding a way to make walking part of each day, you are giving yourself proven health benefits far beyond any promised by herbs, vitamins, or prescription drugs.

Walking: The Miracle Cure
Walking for 30 minutes a day as part of your work commute or lunch puts you into the "Moderate Physical Activity" category and greatly lowers your health risks.
Moderate Exercise Lowers Risks

How to Start Walking

If you are a stranger to walking, learn how to take your first steps with How to Walk for the Absolute Beginner.

Learn how to start walking, from zero to walking comfortably for 30 minutes at a time.

Dressing for Walking to Work

Your walking shoes should be comfortable for walking for 15-30 minutes at a stretch. If your work shoes don't work for walking, wear athletic shoes and carry along your work shoes to change into. For April, dress for the weather with a jacket (water-resistant, with hood in rainy climates). Carry your necessary papers, purse, etc. in a small backpack.

Use a Pedometer and Stop Weight Gain:

A pedometer or activity tracker can motivate you to log more steps each day. Experts say if we all added 2000 more steps to our day, we wouldn't gain another pound.

Plan Your Walking Route:

To have the best walk to work, plan out your route in advance. You can use one of the online walking route planner tools. Explore cell phone apps that can guide you as you go.

No Good Place to Walk? Get Involved!:

If there is no safe place for you to walk in your neighborhood or at work, hitting the treadmill is one answer. Getting involved to demand a walkable community is the long term solution. Pedestrian advocates work with local towns and cities to promote good sidewalks, walking and biking paths, pleasant parks, and healthier communities.

Pedestrian Activism Organizations

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