Due to ‘modern life’, as a nation I feel we are now a lot less active than we used to be. I remember that playing with my friends meant riding my bike round the block or going to the school field at the end of our road for a game of rounders, football or run outs! Now playing with friends’ means sitting in front of a television or playing a video game and with so much convenience food and fast food available we don’t move about as much or eat as well. This is backed up by official government stats. I was astonished to learn that ‘In England 61.3% of adults and 30% of children aged between 2 and 15 are overweight or obese and are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancers’. Source: Gov.uk
Walking is a great way to keep active and the benefits are endless!
Did you know…? ‘Walking for just half an hour each morning can transform your fitness levels, reduce stress and vastly improve your concentration levels, giving you a clearer head and adding to better health.’ Source: Living Streets.org.uk
National Walking Month is a campaign to encourage walking and promote pedestrian safety on the streets of the UK. It was launched by the charity Living Streets and includes events such as ‘Walk to Work Week’ from 13-17th May, and ‘Walk to School Week’ from 20-24th May. Through these events, they hope to show children and adults how easy, enjoyable and rewarding walking is and how it can lead to real changes in people’s habits and lifestyles.
Here at Banana Moon we are encouraging the staff where possible to leave their cars at home and walk to work or to have a wander on their lunch break. Not only will it help us stay fit it and save us money it will reduce the carbon footprint on our planet. By doing this on a daily basis we could save ourselves on average £400 per year in petrol and reduce our emissions by approx. 86kg per annum. Get those legs moving guys!
I myself will be partaking in ‘Walk to School’ Week. I love the walk to and from school with my boys, sadly I don’t do this as often as I like anymore! I am ashamed to say that I am a mum who’s children are part of the trend where walking to school is on the decline. I will be making an extra special effort to leave my car at home and put on my walking shoes during this campaign. The walk to school is not just about keeping us fit, it is also when I get to spend some quality time with them and find out so much about their lives, help them build independence, teach them road safety skills and build their social skills.
Banana Moon has some fantastic safety products and outerwear garments that can be personalised to keep you safe while out on our roads this May. Whether you are just individuals, school clubs or part of a walking club we have bags, jackets and coats that will do the job to make you visible and stand out.
I urge you to get your best foot forward this May and get on your walking boots and as Nancy Sinatra sang in the last line of ‘These boots are made for walking’ …. Are you ready boots? Start walkin’!