Walking is the ideal form of exercise. It’s free and requires no special equipment – except maybe an umbrella on occasions! Even walking at a moderate pace of 3 miles per hour can contribute to achieving recommended levels of daily physical activity.
As well as being cost and carbon neutral, walking promotes mental health and well-being. Evidence shows that exercise reduces the risk of depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s. It improves psychological well-being, mood and sleep quality and reduces anxiety and tiredness.
Why not incorporate walking into your daily commute?
Could you walk all, or part, of your work journey? Why not get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the route into work? Or park the car further away and get some exercise on a part of your journey.
If you need help to plan your walking journey use this handy tool.
Let us know if you love your walking journey and we will feature you on this website to encourage your colleagues to do the same!
For appropriate length distances, walking is also the ideal method of travel for work journeys, e.g. attending meetings at other Council sites such as at The Leisure Centre, Prince Consort Road, Local Environmental Services, the Old Town Hall and the Dryden Centre – which are all between 10 and 30 minutes’ walk away. Meetings at Newcastle Civic Centre can be easily accessed via a walking journey.
A walking study
A recent study in Bristol looked at increasing walking via the work journey.
- Eligible employees were those living within 2 miles of their workplace and capable of walking.
- There were 103 participants; 70 were categorised as walkers and 33 as car users.
- Participants were largely desk-based
- Physical activity levels were 44% higher in participants who walked their work journey than those travelling by car. GPS showed that the journey to and from work was responsible for the majority of the difference in weekday physical activity between those who walked and those travelling by car
Audrey, S., Procter, S., Cooper, A. 2014 The contribution of walking to work to adult physical activity levels: a cross sectional study, International Journal of Behaviour Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11: 37.
Facilities to help walkers
There are shower and changing facilities in the Civic Centre. Please provide feedback if you feel that more could be put in place to encourage walking journeys.
Go Smarter To Work
A range of fully funded initiatives are available to all Gateshead Council employees via the Go Smarter to Work Programme. For more information click here