Armed with a clipboard and a big smile, I visited every desk in our building. I cajoled and enticed. I bribed with a chili lunch. Later, I reminded, pleaded and, yes, I even used guilt until I heard the words, “OK, Sue, I will walk with you on February 5th for Winter Walk Day.”
All across Alberta, people will be getting out on Winter Walk Day including, I’m proud to say, 34 United Way employees.
Even a broken ankle couldn’t stop us!
I work with a dynamic, committed, compassionate group of very busy people. And I really wanted to carve out some time for them to practice a little self-care. Something as simple as a walk can make a huge difference to our mental and physical health. Research shows there is a link between daylight exposure and serotonin levels in the brain. Walking exercises your heart, lowers your blood pressure, and relieves the aches and pains from computer work.
Yes, it was -18C and it took a bit of effort to dress warmly. But the sun was shining, the air was crisp, the trees were beautiful and it was fun to get out and be reminded why kids have so much fun in winter.