Put on your walking shoes and get ready for National Walking Day (April 3, 2013) and National Walk to Work Day (April 5, 2013)! The American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated the first Wednesday and Friday of each April as National Walking Day and National Walk to Work Day, respectively. On these days, everyone is encouraged to walk for at least 30 minutes, so as to raise awareness for the importance of physical activity towards a healthier life.

Not only does walking take you to places, but it helps you to manage your weight, boost your immune system and lower the risk of heart diseases. It also improves your mental well-being and ease depression! Did I mention that walking reduces carbon emission and saves you car expenses?

Here are a few suggestions on how to walk more:

  • Walk to/from work.
  • Get on/off a public transit stop that is further from your usual stop.
  • Hold a walking meeting instead of conference room gatherings.
  • Walk with your dog or other pets. (Goose or pigs, anyone?)

We can all agree that walking should become a routine activity, but it can be challenging due to keep ourselves accountable. If you need some extra motivation, pledge to take the Better Off Ped Challenge by LA Magazine, and Walkable 2013 by Orthaheel. Have a great time walking!