Take on the Lunchtime Walk Challenge
(20 November 2020)
If your commute has changed to just travelling from your bedroom to your kitchen table on a morning, you might be missing out on those valuable minutes of exercise which used to really add up. Even though most of us are staying home for work or studies, it’s still important to get outside and get some fresh air which also has the bonus of some much-needed natural light. Why not make a Living Street’s pledge to get out for a short walk each day or try one of their 20 tips #Try20 if you need some ideas.
We’ve teamed up with Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. They aim to make walking the natural choice for every day local journeys and inspire people to live more active and healthier lives.
Recent stats and increasing pressures on our healthcare suggest we should take this seriously:
- 39% of the adult population in the UK is physically inactive (with less than 30 minutes of activity a day!);
- Adults spend 16 times longer watching TV than being physically active;
- 61% of all adults (65% of men and 56% of women) and 30% of children are overweight or obese.
Although we might not all be physically working together, we can all still walk together, following social distance rules. So why not challenge yourself and/or your team to a Lunchtime Walk where ever you may be!
If you can’t leave the house, why not walk up and down the stairs, or around the house whilst listening to a podcast or some music?
‘Let nature guide you’ and try to find some green on your walk, whether that’s at a park, on tree-lined streets, or at your local nature spot. Listen out for the different types of bird song, and if you have little ones, why not count how many different things you see? If you need some ideas why not spin the wheel www.livingstreets.org.uk/workplaces and see which tip to try today. And remember to make a pledge livingstreets.org.uk/pledge.
For more information on active travel visit our Travel webpages at durham.ac.uk/greenspace/travel.