Tomorrow, employers and employees across Australia will put their best foot forward to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Walk to Work Day and to start walking for a healthier workplace.
With one Aussie diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every 8 minutes, walking is one of the best ways people can actively reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
CEO and Chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, Harold Scuby, joins Mike on the phone to give us more information about the day.
Scruby advised that the recommended about of walking is 4 – 5 days a week. So if you can’t do it every day, don’t stress! Just make sure that when you walk its about 30 minutes, brisk pace “not casually, stopping to let your dog sniff every 10 metres and preferably get a little sweat going.”
Regular walking helps reduce weight which in turn decreases the risk of developing diseases like Type 2 diabetes. It can also result in decreasing your blood pressure and cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Other benefits include improved mental function and improved muscle tone and strength to improve mobility.
If you can’t walk to work try:
- • If you can’t walk all the way, use public transport and get off the bus, train, tram or ferry a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way to work
- • If you do need to drive, try to leave the car a kilometre or two from your destination and walk the rest of the way
- • Take a half-hour walk at lunchtime
- • Where possible use the stairs rather than escalators or lift
- • If you sit at a desk, be sure to get up and walk around at least once every hour. Get up and talk to your colleagues instead of sending them emails
- • Rather than holding meetings around a table, host a “walking meeting”
- • Introduce a step challenge on the day with your colleagues
So how far will you work tomorrow for Walk to Work Day?
If you would like to support raise awareness and contribute to the prevention of type 2 diabetes, donate $20 along with your walk here!