April 3 is Walk to Work Day

walkingWhether or not it’s casual Friday at your office tomorrow, put on your comfortable shoes and hit the bricks. Walk to Work Day is recognized the first Friday of April, an initiative started by Prevention in 2004 to get people moving. They advise a 15 minute walk both ways, 30 minutes round-trip. If you commute, then walk to the next furthest bus or subway stop. If you’re not able to walk to work, grab a group of co-workers and walk somewhere healthy for lunch.

Walking at least 30 minutes a day can greatly reduce your risk of obesity-related diseases like cancer, stroke and diabetes. A “very brisk” walk, about four mph, for 30 minutes will burn about 150 calories.

Mark your calendars for April 29, National Walk to Lunch Day, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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