What is National Walking Day?
National Walking Day is every year on the first Wednesday in April. National Walking Day is exactly as it sounds – a day to celebrate the easiest way to be the healthiest version of you. Walking for thirty to sixty minutes per day may sound like it isn’t much, but studies have shown that it can drastically improve your health and even help prevent ailments such as type II diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
History of National Walking Day
National Walking Day timeline
Manpo-kei becomes okay
In 1965 Y. Hatano created a pedometer based on the concept of 10,000 steps a day (what manpo-kei roughly translates to). It wasn't until 20 years later in 1985 when the research was finally accepted as being scientifically sound that 10,000 steps a day is the rough approximation for which humans experience health benefits from walking.
One your mark. Get set. Walk.
Racewalking is introduced as an Olympic sport following pedestrianism's popularity where a "fair heel and toe rule" is established meaning a heel must be on the ground before a toe can leave, resulting in the half-walk half-jog gait now commonly associated with the sport.
- 18th century
Bet on Pedestrianism
Pedestrianism enters the modern lexicon as a popular sport for betting who can walk the longest, fastest, and still keep the proper gait.
- 1.5 million years ago
Fossilized footprints tell a story
According to fossilized footprints, it's likely that humans were walking similar to how we do today about 1.5 million years ago. No wonder we like it so much!
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National Walking Day Activities
Well, this is a no-brainer. Walking is, obviously, the most popular activity on National Walking Day. Just make sure you put one foot in front of the other.
Get out there and get competitive. Racewalking is great aerobic exercise and can help you zoom around your town at lightning speeds.
Or, if you prefer, take a light jog instead. Sometimes walking is just too slow for your speedsters and this next step up is nice and relaxed, but efficient.
Why We Love National Walking Day
It gets us outside
Getting outside is an important element to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Walking is a great way to get out doors!
It improves our health
Walking 10,000 steps per day is an effective way to improve your own health.
It's easy to do
No weights necessary. No running. No special skills or talents. Just get out there and walk!