Walking is one of the simplest, cheapest, and most popular forms of physical activity for many adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. Why not make it even easier for your wellness program participants to go for a walk by creating a walking trail around or near your facility!
Providing a company walking trail has many benefits, such as:
- It’s an inexpensive and much-appreciated addition to a wellness program – a lot of goodwill points with employees for not much effort needed from the wellness committee.
- It’s a benefit people can use when it’s convenient for them. Wellness program participants can take a walk on the trail before or after work, during a break, or over their lunch.
- It helps to build camaraderie. Employees can gather a group of co-workers for a team-building walk-and-talk.
- It may increase productivity and morale. Not only will participants improve their physical condition through regular walks, participants may also develop a more positive attitude.
Creating a walking trail program isn’t difficult. Here’s what to do:
- Use Google Maps to map out a distance around or near your facility. If you can, make the route a one-mile loop or a mile out and back – a distance that most people could walk in 15 to 20 minutes.
- If you can create a trail entirely on your company’s campus without having to use public sidewalks, consider posting signs every ¼ mile.
- Hold a kick-off event to lead people along the trail for the first time. Be sure to invite upper management. Seeing the company’s leaders participate may encourage more employees to join in.
- Create a map that employees can download and print. Send it to employees in an e-mail and post it on your wellness program’s Website if you have one. You can also put together a poster with a Quick-Response (QR) Code that links to the map. Employees can scan the QR code with a smartphone before heading out for a walk.
Check out the walking trail and photos of the kick-off events that one of Hope Health’s clients, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, created on its campus:
Click HCK Walking Trail to open the word document.