Let’s Walk to Work on Friday!
Did you know there was an international holiday dedicated to encouraging people to walk to work? That’s right, International Walk to Work Day is the first Friday in April. Walking to work is so good on so many levels: physically, mentally, environmentally, you name it! To celebrate this movement, I’ve partnered with FitFlop to encourage everyone to ditch the keys and walk to work this Friday! Whether it’s actually to and from work, or even just a quick sojourn at lunch or on break, I invite you to join me and thousands of others in getting your walk on.
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What’s Your Excuse?
You guys, I’m gonna lay out some #realtalk here. My house is about a 15 minute walk from the school where I teach. Despite this, I’ve only walked to work probably two or three times in the 11 years I’ve taught there. And all of those times were because one of our cars was in the shop. I have so many good excuses! But the reality is, they’re just excuses.
|Load: Teachers haul a lot of stuff to and from school; I couldn’t walk all the way carrying multiple bags.||Most of the stuff I carry to and from school I don’t even look at in the evening. Why did I bring it home in the first place?|
|What if…? What if I have to leave school quickly (sick child, family emergency, etc.)?||There have been exactly 2 times in my entire teaching career where I had to leave quickly.|
|Weather: I don’t want to get wet or cold walking to school.||Umbrella, boots, coats, hats, gloves.|
|Shoes: The shoes I teach in aren’t good for trekking around outside. They’re comfortable for classroom walking, but not faster outdoor walking.||Okay, this is legit: If I have to bring extra shoes, that adds to the load I have to carry. STOP RIGHT THERE: Fitflop has shown me that shoes are no longer an excuse!|
Walking to Work: The Math
This English teacher did a little functional math and realized some pretty big things about my 0.6 mile, 10-15 minute walk. First, walking to school and back burns about 120 calories. Doesn’t sound like much, but walking to school one day a week for an entire semester would torch about 3 pounds (6 if I did it all year long!). Six pounds just for walking to school once a week and making no other changes? Sign me up.
The Zen and Science of Walking
Whenever I walk outside more, it brings a sense of calm and mindfulness. You notice the birds’ song, the buds starting to form on the trees, and the smell of rain coming. I love my town, and I love the feeling of walking “my” streets. It’s such a great way to get my head straight before another crazy day of teaching. And that’s not just a theory: science says so, too.
According to research from Stanford University, walking boosts creative output by an average of 60%. Furthermore, walking just 20 minutes a day can reduce the risk of premature death by almost 1/3. These are just a few of the reasons why FitFlop supports International Walk to Work Day.
Shoes Made for Walkin’
For me, the right shoe is difference between being able to move around and focus on what I’m doing vs. not being able to think about anything but my aching feet. That’s where FitFlop comes in. I’m sure you noticed the cute FitFlop Rally sneaks I’m wearing. At first glance, they’re a clean, classic white sneaker: but if you look closer, you’ll see the red snake print details on the backs — so on-trend.
ALL of FitFlop’s shoes are so comfortable you can wear them from home to the office and back again. They’re perfect for people who have to be on their feet all day long (hellllo, teacher friends). I love not having to choose between style and comfort.
Upstairs and down, across the building to the copy machine and then back to the mailboxes in the staff workroom, down the hall to the computer lab, and everything in between, these lightweight shoes feel like I’m walking on a cloud all day long.
Join the Movement!
Will you join me in talking a walk on Friday? I’ll definitely be taking part in the Walk to Work Day movement, and I plan to make it happen more often than once a year. Share your experience with the hashtag #walktoworktoday .
Cute Shoes for Happy Feet
Here are a few of my favorite FitFlop styles. There are tons more cute options at FitFlop.com, and I can’t recommend this brand highly enough. Many thanks to FitFlop for partnering with me on this post.