May is National Walking Month, and we’d like to invite anyone who wants to make the most of the month to join our National Walking Month tribe. We’ll be keeping things fresh throughout the month with fun challenges and ideas for upping your step count.
To help get things off to a flying start we’ve put together some tips to help you make the most of May and get all the benefits that walking can bring.
Don’t go it alone
Alright, sometimes a walk can help you get away from the buzz and chatter of the office and give you time with your thoughts. But even if you walk alone, let your friends and co-workers know you’re making the effort. They’ll help motivate you over the longer term, and maybe you’ll influence them into some good habits as well.
Keep it real(istic)
You don’t have to to rack up 10,000 steps a day to start to get the benefits of walking. Just 20 minutes of walking a day is enough for you to meet the NHS’s recommendation of a 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. Get off the bus a stop early, or explore a new part of town to buy your sandwiches at lunchtime. Living Streets has lots more great tips to #TRY20.
Walk and talk
Not all meetings have to be sitting around a table. Walking meetings are a great way to break from routine and can boost your creativity as well. Great thinkers from Aristotle to Steve Jobs were fans of doing some legwork along with the day job.
With Racefully’s Walk&Talk feature you can even use conference calls as an opportunity to get up from the desk and take a stroll. Conference up to 7 other people into your call, and you can all see each other’s step counts mounting up during your conversation.
The great thing about walking meetings is it combines activity with work, so you don’t even have to find extra time to get those steps in.