Walk to work after a weekend hike to feel good

Avoid getting hit by Monday blues

By Frits Ahlefeldt, Hiking.org

Drawing of a huge wave, spelling monday
Monday can be a hard hitting wave. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt, CreativeCommons By-NC-ND license

It can be a challenge to come back to work on Monday after a long weekend hike, but there is a way to make the change from outdoors to indoor time easier: walk to work

It is well known that walking can help when feeling down, stressed or depressed and people are advised to go for a weekend hike to help against all the things in the office that can make life seem hard and boring… the trouble is you most likely have to go back to that same office Monday morning to sit down in the same chair and do the same work – and that can be a post-weekend traumatic experience after days in wind and sun outdoors.

Benefits of walking to work

But there are a very simple thing you can do to make both the weekend hikes and the work week much better – walk to work.  As little as a 15-20 minutes walk will clear your head, readjust and help you keep in good shape throughout the week. Benefits are both better health, concentration, better sleep, less stress and when the weekend come, you and your body will be in much better shape and more ready to head out on the trails again.

There is a few new websites and projects helping people to walk to work. I have listed some beneath that have specialized in helping people make the change to walk to work.

Google maps navigation or similar can also be used if you change from car driving to walking in the menu – and it can even be combined with info for talking public transportation in many countries.

There are even more benefits, you don’t have to wait in line on the road – and spend time looking for a place to park.

Link to Walk to work websites: 

Walk to work day (Special event) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_to_Work_Day

App project for walking to work Walkit.com

Story about walking to work in Business insider

Example of promoting walking (New Zealand – national level) http://www.livingstreets.org.nz/

Making towns good for walking project: (England) http://www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk/

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