Hinckley people urged to walk to work

Published Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Hinckley businesses are being encouraged to step up to the Active Travel Hinckley Walk to Work Pedometer Challenge.

Active Travel Hinckley are encouraging employees from Hinckley businesses to swap their usual commute for a cheaper and healthier option this Walk to Work Week by travelling all or some of their journey to work on foot.

Walk to Work Week (walktoworkweek.org.uk) (11-15 May) is an opportunity for employees across the UK to make walking part of their commute. Along with Walk to School Week (18-22 May), Walk to Work Week forms a part of National Walking Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the health benefits of walking.

This May, the Active Travel Hinckley Team are giving local businesses the opportunity to enter the ‘ATH Walk to Work Week Pedometer Challenge’. Local businesses are encouraged to enter teams of five walkers, who will each be given a pedometer to track the amount of steps they take during their day at work, including any active travel journeys to and from work. The challenge will run from 8.30am on Monday 11 May to 5pm on Friday 15 May, with a fantastic prize to be won by the business team who complete the highest number of steps over the 5 day period!

Walking for just half an hour each day can transform your fitness levels, reduce stress, and vastly improve your concentration levels for the day ahead. With stress being the biggest cause of work place absence, a walk to and from work or a lunchtime stroll can make all the difference to employee wellbeing. Physically active employees are also less likely to suffer from major health problems, less likely to take sickness leave and less likely to have an accident at work. 

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of Living Streets said:

Walk to Work Week 2015 is about demonstrating how easy it is to incorporate more steps into your working day. Living Streets wants employees and employers across the UK to discover the benefits of walking and how much better it can make us all feel.

Whether it’s walking all or part of the journey to work, stepping out of the office for a lunchtime walk, or getting off the bus a few stops earlier on your way home, walking is a free and easy way to work more exercise into your daily routine.

To find out how you can get involved, please contact The Active Travel Hinckley Team on 01455 255950.

Last updated: 05/05/2015 14:58