Happy National Walking Day – 6 April 2022 😎🚶🏽♀️🚶♀️🚶♂️🌲
National Walking Day is celebrated in the United States and Canada annually on the first Wednesday in April. Regardless of which country you live in we can all celebrate the event and do it with friends or solo, anytime and basically anywhere.
Why go for a Walk?
It improves your health, mood and it helps prevent ailments such as type II diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Did You Know?
Archaeologists maintain that even when humans were nomadic tribes, they would often walk great distances to stalk their prey. Walking is essentially, what humans are physically best at. We are the slowest runners, the worst swimmers and we can’t even fly but walking is very much part of what we are.
Pedestrianism was a 19th-century form of competitive walking, often professional and funded by wagering, from which the modern sport of racewalking developed. Racewalking is an Olympic athletics (track and field) event with distances of 20 kilometres for both men and women and 50 kilometres for men only.
Whether it’s John Muir’s spiritual journeys through the woods; Catholic pilgrimages to Fatima (Portugal), Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca or just a casual stroll through your local park, walking has always held a close, dear place in the hearts of humans. It’s no wonder that there are so many health benefits associated with it and also the reason the ‘National Move More Month’ and ‘National Walking Day’ were created to promote this fantastic and surprisingly easy pastime.
Whether a short brisk stroll around the block you live in, a walk in the park, a walk on the beach to the must-do ‘Camino de Santiago‘ you will certainly enjoy your walk. The famous Camino de Santiago encompasses several routes starting in Spain, France and Portugal and was declared the first Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.
The Camino de Santiago attracts more than 200,000 walkers each year (and growing every year) and you have to do it (a short walk or the entire route on foot, by bicycle or on horseback) of the El Camino at least once in your lifetime. Add it to your bucket list folks! The French Way and the routes in Spain have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Major improvements have recently been done to the Portuguese side of the Camino de Santiago.
How Was the National WalKing Day Created?
The American Heart Association launched National Walking Day in 2007 as part of its efforts to promote healthy living.
NATIONAL WALKING DAY TRADITIONS
Go for a walk!
Take thirty minutes to an hour to get the blood pumping and the legs moving!
Do a racewalk or go for a run
They’re a great form of aerobic exercise.
Join a walking/ running club or join a walking/ running event near you
They’re a great way to get out, get the work done, and also meet fun people at the same time.
Featured photo by Pille Kirsi