Last week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members and employees walked together to promote a healthier, more active lifestyle in celebration of Blue Cross’ Walk@Lunch Day.
Studies have shown that the long-term and short-term benefits of a brisk 20-30 minute walk are nearly endless. Walking can improve personal wellness, prevent short-term and long-term complications, and lower costs of healthcare for employers and employees over time.
Participants walked a 1.4 mile route through the heart of downtown Grand Rapids and along the scenic Grand River. Blue Cross walkers enjoyed getting a midday break to breathe in the fresh air and catch up outside of the office.
Here are a few tips for getting started with walking at lunch time:
- Grab a walking buddy and set aside 20-30 minutes at lunchtime to out of your seat together.
- Map out a route around the block or just inside around the office.
- If you are not used to walking, start at a slower pace with a shorter route and work your way to your goal.
- Walk with a partner, observe traffic signs, wear sunscreen and sun glasses, and stay hydrated before, during, and after the walk.
Check out the photos below for a look at some of the day’s events in Grand Rapids.
Photo credit: Steven Depolo (main), Katrina Danko/MIBluesPerspectives (Gallery)
Are you a lunchtime walker? Let us know your favorite places to walk around Grand Rapids by leaving a comment below.
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