The Department for Transport shockingly revealed that walking trips have decreased 19% between 2005 and 2015. They also disclosed that two fifths of adults walk for travel at least once a week. Walking is a simple and free way to become more active and healthier. If the distance between your home and workplace isn’t too far, then why not walk to work.
Provides daily exercise
The NHS recommends that adults aged 19-64 should try to do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week. Walking briskly can help to build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. If you aren’t an overly active person walking is a great way to get started.
Improves your wellbeing
A study from the University of East Anglia and Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) found that walking or cycling to work is better for people’s mental health than driving. It highlighted that active commuters are better able to concentrate and are under less stress than if they were to have travelled by car.
Opens your eyes
Walking will give you the opportunity to notice your surroundings more and admire the beauty around you. We can get caught up in everyday life and forget to stop to notice the little things, walking to and from work can make you appreciate everything that little bit more.
Decreases risk of chronic conditions
Walking to work can lower the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. It can also help with joint pain and The American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommends walking to improve arthritis pain, fatigue, function and quality of life.
Maintains a healthy weight
Walking can help you to stay in shape as it increases the metabolism by burning extra calories and preventing muscle loss. You may feel worn out the first couple of times you walk to/from work, but that will soon fade and you won’t even notice it.
Incorpore offers a discounted gym network that not only benefits the employee but also human resources and rewards teams by giving them the opportunity to engage more with their staff and build better relationships. Offering discounted gym memberships and wellbeing services can boost productivity and help reduce staff absenteeism as regular exercise reduces proneness to illnesses. Thus, saving your business money in reduced productivity and missed opportunities. Incorpore offer two gym solution products: GymFlex and My Gym Discounts.
Along with a discounted gym network, Incorpore also offer discounts on health, sport and fitness products through My Active Discounts. Our newest product which is coming soon is Your Wellness Hub, a dedicated site offering discounted goods and services to support your wellbeing strategy. Your Wellness Hub offers flexible, bespoke & tailorable wellbeing solutions to support healthy behavioural changes within your workplace including health calendars, wellbeing workshops, health assessments, team events and health products such as sit and stand desks.