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National Walk to Work Day

3 September, 2021

Sponsored by the Australian government and supported by all state and territory governments in this country, National Walk to Work Day involves, as the name suggests, walking to and from work but, of course, could also involve walking away from and back to your home (if you work at home) as well as any other walking activity!

As eloquently put by John Butcher – Founder Walk21:

Walking is the first thing an infant wants to do and the last thing an old person wants to give up. Walking is the exercise that does not need a gym. It is the prescription without medicine, the weight control without diet, and the cosmetic that can’t be found in a chemist. It is the tranquilliser without a pill, the therapy without a psychoanalyst, and the holiday that does not cost a penny. What’s more, it does not pollute, consumes few natural resources and is highly efficient. Walking is convenient, it needs no special equipment, is self-regulating and inherently safe. Walking is as natural as breathing.

Health benefits of this weight-bearing exercise include:

  • increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness;
  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke;
  • improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes;
  • stronger bones and improved balance;
  • increased muscle strength and endurance; and
  • reduced body fat.