Monday 19 September, 2005
With petrol prices on the rise and the health of the nation on a downhill slide, the 2005 Walk to Work Day on Friday 7 October has more significance to
Walking to work will save you dollars at the bowser. And according to the latest research as little as 30 minutes of walking each day can break the cycle of depression and anxiety.
In its eighth year, Walk to Work Day is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia (PCA). It is sponsored by the Australian Government and supported by each State and Territory Government.
PCA Chairman, Mr Harold Scruby, believes there has never been a better time to leave the car at home.
“Petrol prices are rising; pollution levels are getting worse; and Australians are fast losing their
“Walking is easy, free and a great way to achieve better health and well-being,” he said.
Walk to Work Day supporting partner, beyondblue, recommends regular physical activity to combat depression.
According to beyondblue, research shows that regular physical activity leads to a 17-28% reduced risk of developing depression in men. Regular aerobic and strength training can lead to a 50% reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety especially for women and older people.
Regular walking can lift your mood, aid uninterrupted sleep, increase energy, decrease fatigue and lead to an improved sense of wellbeing.
“Walking to work – active transport - is a simple way to increase your level of physical activity each day, without making major changes to your life,” Mr Scuby said.
“The benefits will be obvious after just a few weeks; not only to how you feel but you’ll have extra cash in your pocket. So make a start and Walk to Work on Friday 7 October.”
Walk to Work Day is supported by the Heart Foundation, Diabetes