Get Going Tomorrow - Walk2Work Day

15 March 2011

Wellingtonians are urged to adopt a new fitness habit by walking to work tomorrow.

To get in the mood, people can head to Frank Kitts Park from 7.00am where there'll be stretch exercises with Mish Fitness, free breakfast, coffee and spot prizes.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will be leading the action.

"Walking regularly becomes a habit - one that will see huge benefits," she says. "You'll be fitter and stronger - and that adds up to better overall health and lifestyle.

"Fit and active people halve their risk of cardiovascular disease, not to mention the benefits of lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

"Walking to work is a great way to start and end the day - especially for those who are desk-bound. And best of all, it's free, ecologically sound and sustainable!"

Mayor Wade-Brown suggests the best way to get started is to start small - maybe walk to the bus stop or train station rather than drive, or hop off a stop earlier.

The average person walks a kilometre in 12 minutes - and most places in the central business district are a kilometre or less away.

In total, 1.1 billion trips are walked every year in New Zealand, and in Wellington a quarter of all journeys are made on foot.

Walk2Work Day, 7.00am - 9.00am, Wednesday 16 March