Walk to Work Day, Friday 28 September, is an opportunity for Australians to develop healthy habits and start exercising regularly.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Australia’s health 2012 report* found that 62 per cent of adults do not do enough exercise to benefit their health (at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days per week).
‘Walking regularly is fantastic for your health; it’s an easy way to get the activity you need and avoid obesity and a range of conditions including high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and arthritis,’ APA President Melissa Locke said.
The report found that more than 60 per cent of Australian adults spent 3-6 hours a day sitting during leisure time.
‘Walk to Work Day is the perfect time to challenge yourself, and start developing the healthy habit of regular activity. Walking is a free, easy and sociable method of exercise that you can do almost anytime, anywhere.’
If you can’t walk all the way to work on Walk to Work day, you can:
• get off public transport a few stops earlier
• drive to work but park at least one kilometer away and walk the rest of the way
• take the stairs wherever possible
• go for a walk in your lunch break
• track your incidental exercise on a pedometer and aim to reach a certain distance over the day.
If you work from home, you can walk you children to school to get the whole family moving.
Musculoskeletal problems can prevent individuals from engaging in regular activity. If you are concerned that you can’t achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate walking, a physiotherapist can create an individual program designed to meet your needs and improve your health.
For more information, or to speak to a Physiotherapist, contact us on (02) 4647 3373.
Taken from the APA Media Release - http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/APAWCM/The_APA/Media_Releases_Folder/News_September/Challenge_yourself_on_Walk_to_Work_Day.aspx