As a credit union, we are always looking for ways to help our members improve their financial well-being. One simple and often overlooked way to do so is by encouraging them to participate in walking month. This annual event, which takes place in May, is a great opportunity to improve both your physical health and your finances.

Walking is one of the most accessible and low-impact forms of exercise out there. It requires no special equipment, can be done virtually anywhere, and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Regular walking has been linked to a wide range of health benefits, including lower blood pressure, improved heart health, and reduced risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and certain cancers. By improving your physical health, you can potentially save money on healthcare costs and enjoy a better quality of life overall.

But the benefits of walking don’t stop there. Walking can also have a positive impact on your finances. Here are just a few ways that participating in walking month could help you save money:

  1. Reduced transportation costs: Walking instead of driving or taking public transportation can save you money on gas, parking fees, and fares. Plus, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint in the process!
  2. Improved mental health: Walking is a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress. By doing so, you may be less likely to engage in retail therapy or other impulse purchases that can drain your bank account.
  3. Increased productivity: Regular exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function and productivity. By taking a walk during your lunch break or before work, you may be able to get more done in less time, potentially leading to higher earnings or career advancement opportunities.
  4. Improved sleep: Getting enough rest is crucial for your physical and mental health, but it can also impact your finances. Poor sleep has been linked to lower job performance and increased healthcare costs. Walking can help you get better quality sleep, potentially saving you money in the long run.

As a credit union, we believe in the importance of holistic financial wellness. Walking month is just one small way that you can improve your physical and financial health simultaneously. So put on your walking shoes and take advantage of this opportunity to improve your well-being.