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Walking your way to being car free

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Unfortunately living in this beautiful spaced out country, it might be difficult to be completely car free, however becoming less dependent on your car will benefit the environment and your health.  Walking is a great form of exercise and unlike cycling there is no outlay, it can save you money.

By choosing to walk on short trips you save on fuel and help reduce the greenhouse gases, air and noise pollution in your suburb.  Instead of driving the kids to school why not walk or cycle with them? Encouraging them to exercise regularly is good for their body and mind.

Don’t just take our advice listen to what the doctors have to say:

What about long trips?

If the trip you’re going on is too long to walk all the way, combine walking and driving or cycling, drive part of the way and park and walk the rest.  Fitbits are great to help you get moving and track your steps every day.

You should be doing around 10,000 steps per day however being stuck behind a desk all day will really limit the number of steps you can do.  By walking to work or part of the way it will help you to reach your goal.

For longer journeys you can walk to the train station or bus stop and utilise public transport, this will help reduce your carbon foot print, save you on parking and reduce your costs of running a car.

What else can walking do?

how walking can improve your health and brain function

Walking for just 15minutes per day can:

  • Improve your mood and help you concentrate it’s also a good way to wind down from work. 
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of a heart attack
  • Reduces back pain
  • Increases arm strength
  • Tightens abdominal muscles
  • Aid in Weight loss
  • Lower the risk of leg clots
  • Keep knee joints healthy

What do you say Australia, let’s get moving, keep in mind that you need to balance your walking with a healthy life style to keep yourself in tip top condition.  We can walk ourselves to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

 

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