What are you doing for #NationalWalkingMonth?

Living Streets launched it's #NationalWalkingMonth campaign at the beginning of the month which encourages the UK to get out and walk for at least 20 minutes every day - ideally on your commute or on your way to school. They sum up their mission like this:

 

"We want to create a walking nation where people of all generations enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings. And we want all our streets to be fit for walking."

 

With the government having just launched a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy due to campaigning on the issue we should see a change in policy and funding towards making London, amongst other cities, 'walking cities', where footpaths and roads are safe to walk along and acknowledging walking as a valid form of transport.

 One of our Go Jauntly team members has a particuallrly nice commute...

One of our Go Jauntly team members has a particuallrly nice commute...

We worked with TFL on our launch to include some station to station walks which often become very congested underground or could be walked in a similar time frame. We added our own Go Jauntly touch to the walks, stopping by the best coffee shops or pleasant parks to make the walk that little bit more exciting. Check out Walk Shoreditch to Liverpool St, Walk Charing Cross to Westminster, Walk Kentish Town to Camden Town, Walk Covent Garden to Temple and Walk Great Portland Street to Oxford St in the app.

 

What else can you do for #NationalWalkingMonth then? Here are some suggestions...

  1. Rate your walk, Try 20 or join a local campaign with Living Streets.

  2. None of our TFL walks intercept your commute? Make your own and share it with the Go Jauntly community! Jump off a stop early (or walk to a slightly further station).

  3. Take the scenic route home - walking is obviously good for you and will improve your mood, but passing by or spending some time in nature is even better so, as many a study has shown us (see below). Why not walk home via a park for a daily dose of nature.

  4. Include a walk in your weekend plans, there's plenty of jaunts for an adventure if you're not rushing to work or school.

  5. If you’re arranging a meeting or need to chat to someone at work why not walk n’ talk instead of sitting in one place?

 

What’re you waiting for? Download Go Jauntly here.

 

Studies:

http://www.health.com/mind-body/health-benefits-of-nature

https://www.the-pool.com/work/work-smarter/2017/18/kat-lister-on-the-therapeutic-powers-of-a-slow-commuting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20160420-how-nature-is-good-for-our-health-and-happiness