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Walk your 30 this October

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5 October 2018

 

Did you know that rates of preventable chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease are two to three times higher in Sydney’s west?

There are a whole range of reasons for this, but one key factor is that we aren’t moving enough on a daily basis.

This month is Walktober, the perfect opportunity for everyone to try and squeeze more activity into their routine.

The goal is to move more for at least 30 minutes each day; whether this be through team sports, walking the dog, taking the kids to the park or a leisurely afternoon stroll.

Local councils play a key role in supporting community health, by providing walkable communities, local parks, sports facilities and breaking down barriers to participation.

No matter what your age, interests or abilities, councils are working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be more active in their day to day lives.

In fact, there are thousands of parks and sports fields to explore across Western Sydney, many with barbecue facilities, walkways, cycle paths, play equipment and dog-off-leash areas.

If you haven’t been active in a while, Walktober is the perfect time to get out and explore what’s available in your local area – your body will thank you for it.

If you really struggle to fit in those extra steps, it’s best to start with some small changes:

  • Get outside for a walk during your lunch break.
  • Take the stairs rather than the lift.
  • Park your car on the furthest side of the car park.
  • Get off the bus a stop early.
  • Meet friends for a walk rather than a coffee.

Even small steps will add up over the course of the day and can make a big difference to your health.

Alternatively, signing up for a walking challenge can be a great way to keep you motivated. Western Sydney Local Health District is running a free Walk Your 30 challenge for Western Sydney residents during the month of October. Register online at: http://bit.ly/WalkYour30.

Just 30 minutes of physical activity per day will have you feeling fitter, healthier and happier. It will also reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning and step up this Walktober.

For more information on facilities in your area visit your local council website.

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