Top ten walking tips for busy people:
Walking regularly is the simplest and most practical way of increasing your daily exercise. Now is a great time to put your feet first and step into spring and build walking into your daily routine.
- Walk some or if you can, walk all the way to work.
- Get off the bus, train, or tram a few stops earlier.
- Leave the car at least 1km away from work and walk the rest of the way.
- Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier to fit in a walk to work.
- Organise a walk at lunchtime with colleagues.
- Walk all or part of the way to meetings rather than driving or catching taxis
- Schedule a "walking meeting” (a Walking Workshop) instead of sitting down. Walk and talk and you’ll get double the benefit.
- Ensure you get up from your desk at least once an hour and walk around the office.
- Wherever possible, use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
- Host a healthy breakfast to reward those who participate.
Did you know:
- One Australian develops type 2 diabetes every 8 minutes.
- 12 Australians develop diabetes every hour.
- 280 Australians develop diabetes every day.
- Regular walking can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and help manage diabetes for people already living with the chronic condition.
- Two million Australians are currently at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Diabetes shares risk factors with cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.
- Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in up to 58% of cases in the high risk population, through lifestyle modification such as; healthy eating and regular physical activity.
- You can take the test to see your risk of developing type 2 diabetes at diabetesaustralia.com.au/risk-calculator