Monday, 26 September 2016 09:37

Step it up - Walktober is coming

Residents walking in Blacktown city centre. Residents walking in Blacktown city centre.

Spring has arrived and there’s never been a better time to get walking during the month of October.

October is Australia’s walking month. With Western Sydney being recognised as a diabetes and obesity hot-spot, our councils are working hard to promote active transport and exercise. Walking is a great and low-cost way to improve one’s health. It is low risk exercise with a range of health benefits, including: reduction of heart disease risk, management of weight and blood pressure and prevention and control of diabetes.

As an acknowledgement to the importance of walking, not only for health benefits but also for environmental, economic and social reasons, nine Western Sydney councils signed the Walk21 International Charter for Walking in October 2015.

Why not explore some of the great walking trails in your local area? Many councils feature maps on their websites, for example:

Cumberland CouncilParramatta City Council and Blacktown City Council.

Other walking initiatives in October:

Walk to Work day
When: 7th October 2016
What: Diabetes Australia’s Walk to Work Day is an annual event which helps employers and employees to build regular walking into their daily routine. The day aims to promote regular walking as a healthy activity, reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes and reduce car-dependency.

Walktober Challenge
When: month of October
What: Set yourself a target for your walking this October or create a team challenge with your colleagues, family or friends. It can be an amount of time a day or a weekly distance challenge – your choice. 

Wellness Walk
When: Sunday 16th October 2016
What: Bridge Walk for Mental Health. 5km walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge OR 2km mini walk through the botanical gardens

Last modified on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:03