National Walking Month/Walk to School Month is a month-long awareness event held in May every year when schools across the world join forces promoting walking to school.
It is an event organised by the British Heart Foundation, which aims to encourage fun events and activities to be run to raise awareness about walking to school.
How to Take Part in National Walking Month
Walk to School or Work - National Walking Month is a great way to leave your car at home, get outside and get fit by walking to and from school. If school or work is too far, try walking part of the way instead.
Take the Stairs - Instead of taking the lift or elevator, take the stairs.
Go Exploring - Explore your local area, or enjoy a day out in the countryside, beach or park. Hiking is a great way to explore while getting plenty of exercise. You could set out with a specific purpose in mind, for example, you might like to count how many bird species you see when you are out walking, or take note of the landscape around to see if you can see what seasonal changes are happening in your local area.
Take a Lunchtime Stroll - Take a little stroll around the school playground after lunch. This can help you be more productive for the rest of the day.
Walk Your Pet - If you don’t have a pet, walk with someone who has one or ask if you can walk their pet for them.
Benefits of Walking
Walking is an excellent exercise and walking regularly can keep us fit and healthy.
It is also good for the environment. It is the most environmentally friendly way to travel. It can improve air quality as less traffic means less pollution is created. It can also cut down on congestion since more people will give up their cars and start walking instead.
Walking can also make you feel more positive and ready to start the day.
In fact, taking a brisk daily walk is an easy way to improve your health. Just 20 minutes of walking a day can reduce the risk of a number of health conditions. This includes certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.