If you need a few tips to help get you back on track Physical Activity Australia has loads of information about everything to do with walking. Visit www.physicalactivityaustralia.org.au
Tips to overcome barriers
Finding the time and interest to build physical activity into your daily life can sometimes be difficult. We can all come up with lots of excuses to avoid exercise. We’ve looked at some of the common barriers people raise, and offer some tips on how to move past them.
You may find that walking with a buddy is the easiest way to get you started and keep you going. To find a walking buddy in your area who would like to walk at a time and day that suits you, go to activitybuddies.com.au.
Walking with children
There is overwhelming evidence that when children walk or cycle to school, they are better off physically and in their social and emotional wellbeing. However, since the early 1970s, there has been a dramatic decline in walking to school and a reduction in walking generally.
Today, more than 60% of primary school students are driven to school even though 44% of these trips are less than 2 km. Current research shows that 25% of children aged 5 – 17 are overweight or obese. It is important to encourage children to walk from a young age to put them on track for better health now and later. How can we change this trend, tell us your ideas on our facebook page.
Walking for good health
Walking can improve health and fitness. Walking can help you lose body fat and maintain a healthy weight, improve your fitness and reduce your risk of developing life limiting conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. To get the health benefits, try to walk for at least 30 minutes as briskly as you can most days of the week.
Links to other walking websites
Want to walk—but not sure where? Check out Walktober's list of events for walking activities in your neighbourhood.