Every year the American Heart Association does this great thing for everyone. They devote an entire day to raising awareness about the health benefits of using your feet. More specifically, using your feet to walk!
We at Keen are joining the parade with two giveaways to get people walking (see below for details)!
This year, National Walking Day is next Wednesday, April 3.
With this in mind, we here at Keen are putting our best feet forward and doing our part to get people walking with two different, week-long giveaways!
For years, Wilderness Press has promoted pedestrianism with the publication of its best-selling Walking series, a must for any inquisitive urban adventurer and walking enthusiast. And next week, you’ll have two ways to land a free copy of any book from this series!
HERE’S HOW TO WIN:
“Show Us Your Walk!”
Scenes around Covington, KY.
We want to see the scenery from your walks throughout the week! Using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, post a photo boasting the great things you get to see while strolling through your neighborhood or neck of the woods. Your photos should tag Wilderness Press (FB: Wilderness Press, Twitter/Instagram: @Wilderness1967), and also include the hashtag #walking.
For every photo you post, you are entered into a drawing to win a copy of the Walking guide of your choice! Feel free to post tons of pictures every day, but there is a limit to one entry per person, per day (maximum 5 entries for contest).
“How Many Steps?”
Y’know the game where you guess how many M&M’s are in the jar? This is like that… only crossed with a pedometer. Pat — the newest addition to Keen’s marketing team — has volunteered to wear a pedometer everyday next week. Pat commutes by foot to work (and basically everywhere else) each day.
How you win? Be the one who guesses closest to how many steps Pat takes from Monday morning, April 1 until Friday April 5, at 5 PM. He will only wear the pedometer when he’s out in public and at work (i.e. not around the house), and, for helpful guessing hints, we will report how many steps Pat’s taken periodically on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram (be sure to follow us to stay up-to-date on Pat’s progress!).
Some info on National Walking Day:
Here’s a quick overview of the AHA’s and National Walking Day’s mission:
On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give your family, friends and co-workers a friendly push toward a healthier life.
It’s hard to believe that something so (literally) pedestrian as walking needs a day of national recognition! The benefits of walking to the global environment and your body’s internal climate have been extensively studied and reported. Over and over again.
What remains surprising, in light of this, are some of the stats on how much — or really, how little – we actually get up and use our feet. The most shocking of these comes from a 2005 study published in Preventing Chronic Disease, which found that close to half (41%) of the trips we make each day stretch 1 mile or less, while only 10% of our daily errands are made on foot.
So get #walking next week for a chance to win!!!