Walk Day scheduled for Feb. 1
Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 06:00 am
Getting outside in winter to get fresh air can be a challenge for many. However, cold weather and busy schedules are no obstacle for this year’s organizers of Winter Walk Day for the Bow Valley.
A walk will be held in Banff, and another in Canmore on Wednesday, Feb. 1 to promote physical and mental health by inspiring people do go outdoors and enjoy the benefits of walking.
The walks, varying in length and difficulty, are meant to be inclusive of all ability levels and goals. Participants are encouraged to walk, jog or run, for as long as they want, just as long as they get outside and get some sunshine.
In Canmore, walkers will meet in the town hall atrium, and in Banff, walkers will meet in the town hall council chambers. The walks will begin at 12:15 p.m., but participants are expected to meet at the locations at noon to register before beginning. Walkers can walk as much or as little as they want; free water and warm beverages will be offered after, along with an opportunity to socialize with other participants.
SHAPE (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) is an Albertan non-profit organization and the larger organizing body that has initiated the walks province-wide. This year is the Bow Valley’s first year for a winter walk day, but organizers hope to make it an annual event taking place the first Wednesday of every February.
“The whole idea of this is to break that hibernation cycle that we sometimes tend to fall into, kind of that mid-winter slump. We want to get people out and moving,” said Kiley Torti, active living and health promotion consultant with Bow Valley Primary Care Network.
Minutes spent walking will be submitted to calculate the provincial average. The winter walk is a health initiative that is seen as collaborative and not competitive. The provincial event is not connected to any other organization.
People are strongly encouraged to take part during their lunch breaks or dedicate half an hour to walk. Family, couples, friend groups and singles are welcomed to partake in the walk.
For more information about the walk, call 403-675-3000.