Walk to and from business meetings during the week to stay motivated and increase productivity.
Some 40 per cent of Western Australian adults are not active enough for good health. Walking is free, easy and it’s good for your health:
- Reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis
- Burning calories and helping manage your weight
- Improving muscle tone
- Reducing blood pressure and cholesterol
- Energizing – a great way to wake up in the morning, and relax after work.
For many people the workday involves driving to and from the workplace and prolonged sitting at a desk. This inactivity increases our risk of chronic disease and weight gain. At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day is recommended for good health. Walking to work, the bus or train stop or to work meetings are great ways to find thirty.
Look for opportunities to make walking part of your workday.
To and from work:
- If you live close to work (approx. five kilometres or less), walking to work is a great way to start and end the day
- Walk to catch the bus or train. If you can’t walk all the way to work, combine walking and public transport.
- Walk to and from business meetings. This helps break up the day and has you arriving at the meeting alert and invigorated. Add public transport for longer trips.
- Try a walking meeting. If you don’t need to use a computer or take minutes during a meeting, why not have a meeting or brainstorming session walking around the block or a quiet park?
- Take the stairs instead of the lifts where possible.