National Walk to School Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday of October, and what better time to enjoy the cooler weather and give walking a go? Participants of the holiday choose to get around by foot, combining fun and physical activity!
National Walk to School Day was first held in the UK in the early 90s and then in North America in 1997. The organization “Active and safe routes to school” was formed and began to hold events in schools to promote walking as an alternative to transport. Since then, the idea has continued to gain traction, and Virginia holds the world record for the most events held – 386!
Despite running being considered the best exercise for keeping fit, walking should not be underestimated. It is just as effective as a slower equivalent of running and is the most natural, simple and affordable health tool.
Here are 7 facts that will convince you to walk more:
- Reduces the risk of diabetes.
- Maintains muscle tone.
- Improves the condition of ligaments and joints.
- Helps to reduce anxiety and depression.
- Blood is saturated with oxygen, reducing the risk of blood clots and cardiovascular diseases.
- Improves digestive processes.
- Preserves youth, freshness and beauty.
How to take part
Why not give it a go? You can take part in this event on the first Wednesday of October, or go for a walk as often as you can. There are many interesting sights to see along the way, so why not take photos and share them with others? Invite your friends and acquaintances to join in, and participate in events in your city. You can even help out local organizations by promoting their events.
When is International Walk to School Day celebrated in 2023?
International Walk to School Day is observed on the first Wednesday in October each year.