Our top tips to build more walking into your daily routine

Our top tips will help you get out of the office and stretch your legs.

Walk part of your journey

Whether you’re heading to work, college, the shops or to see friends, why not walk part of the way?  Walk to the train station, get off the bus a couple of stops earlier or park a bit further away from your destination.  Remember it only takes about 20 minutes to walk one mile.

Enjoy a social walk

Whether it’s getting to know your colleagues, making new friends or catching up with loved ones, walking is a great way to socialise.  You don’t have to climb a mountain, exploring your local area can be just as rewarding.

Set up a lunchtime exclusion zone

Discover new things by taking a 15 minute walk from the office in different directions at lunchtimes.

Take your meetings outside

Hold walking meetings with your colleagues or a client.  A change of scene can inspire creativity and the chances are you’ll all return to the office happier, healthier and more productive.

Borrow a dog

Does your neighbour, friend or someone in your family have a dog? Most dogs wouldn’t say no to an extra walk each day or week, so why not offer to take them out. You’ll get all the health benefits of having a dog without the commitment.

Make a pledge and stick to it 

Whether it’s to walk more, swap some of your train / bus / car time for foot time or to save some cash by shaking up your commute.  Whatever the reason, while you’re feeling motivated set yourself a target and then shout it from the rooftops.  If your family, friends and colleagues all know what you’re doing and why, they can help motivate you if and when you need it.

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