Many of us live within walking distance of our offices, but don't walk to work regularly. By walking once a week instead of driving or taking public transportation, you can lower your commuting costs, avoid the use of non-renewable resources for fuel, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
There are physical and emotional bonuses to walking, too. It's great to be a part of the transportation solution, and reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s also a fun stress buster, a strength builder, and generally feels great to be outside observing the seasons and changes in the landscape.
Modify your schedule to allow extra time for the walk. If your morning routine is just too hectic to add walking on top of everything else, try walking home from work.
Some towns and cities are much more pedestrian-friendly than others. Plan a route that is safe and pleasant with plenty of sidewalks.
Dress for success. Wear comfortable shoes. And stock up on water- and wind-resistant gear to be prepared for rain and other less than ideal weather.
Ask office mates to join in. If you live near a colleague, morning meetings can be done while walking together to work.
If your walk takes more than thirty minutes, consider driving or taking public transportation part of the way. The goal is to get 60 minutes of walking vs. transporting time into the day. Bonus: you won't have to go to the gym.
Work your way up to more than one day a week.