June 19 is Sauntering Day, an annual holiday that reminds people to pause, take a stock of their busy schedules, and slow down for a bit. And because the day has the word sauntering in it, it also encourages everyone to take a leisurely walk.
The unofficial holiday is the brainchild of W.T. Rabe, who created it at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan in the late 1970s. Rabe invented Sauntering Day as a response to the rising popularity of jogging, and to inspire people to slow down the pace of their lives and unwind.
How to Celebrate?
- Take your lunchtime or leave a little early from work to take a stroll in a park close to you.
- Saunter down to your local coffee shop with a book in hand and spend some time people watching while drinking coffee.
- Don’t want to saunter? – This holiday is all about getting away from the daily grind and finding a way to relax. Whether you chill at home with a glass of wine and a movie marathon on the TV or take a stroll around your neighborhood, remember to enjoy yourself!
Did You Know…
That for average walkers, walking 1 mile or 1.6 kilometers can burn up to 100 calories?