Walk into a healthier life Australians are standing still in the fight against physical inactivity despite risk factors being heavily publicised.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that 70% of the Australian adult population are exercising at a sedentary to low level. It is suggested that to improve indicators of health such as blood pressure, blood cholesterol and body weight moderate intensity activities should be undertaken that total to a minimum of 30 minutes on most days of the week.
A 2005-06 survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has shown that walking was the most popular form of exercise with 23% of Australians participating. Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to include physical activity into your daily routine so it’s no surprise that it is the most popular form of exercise.
There is little technique and equipment needed and it is suited for all age groups and abilities. It can be conducted at any stage throughout the day and at your own pace. The health benefits of walking include lowering of blood pressure, reduced risk of heart attack and type 2 diabetes, increased flexibility, improved balance, stronger bones and muscle strength.
Sports Central in partnership with the Heart Foundation offer numerous free walking groups around Ballarat and surrounds. If you would like any information on walking groups in your area please contact Kelly Nelson, Heart Foundation Walking Area Coordinator on 0405800187 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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