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Walk to Work Day – 11 March

Walk2Work Day 11 March 2015 “Walking and public transport”

Wednesday 11 March 2015 is our national day for walking and this year we will focus on the close links between public transport and walking.

Research reported in the British Medical Journal showed that people using public transport had lower body mass indices than those that travel by private transport – more support for the positive health benefits of active and public transport.

You can walk almost anywhere, at any time, in any weather for free. And if it’s that bit too far catch a bus or train for your health, and the health of our planet.

It’s easy and starts with one step – walk 1000 metres, about 1300 steps or 12 minutes and you will

Gain energy; tone your legs, bum and tum; use up 74 calories (for a 70kg person); lift your mood; improve balance and coordination
Save $3.62 of health benefits, save 0.72 cents of car costs, and avoid 0.2kgs of carbon emissions
Reduce disease risk and improve heart health
Be able to socialise with friends and community on the way

Walk more by

  • leaving the car at home and Walk, Bus or Train
  • walk to the local shops or walk the kids to school
  • use the stairs
  • aim for 30 minutes a day – or 10,000 steps if you’re using a pedometer

Walk2Work Day is New Zealand’s national day to celebrate walking. Living Streets Aotearoa started this annual day in 2009 to promote walking, its health benefits, and its priority position in the sustainable transport hierarchy.

For more information on Walk2Work visit our website at http://www.livingstreets.org.nz/walk2work