Walk­ing to good health

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HATE be­ing stuck at the desk?

South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice com­mu­nity nutri­tion­ist Ro­han Bal­lon said Walk at Work Week from Oc­to­ber 15–19 was a great op­por­tu­nity for all South West res­i­dents to take the steps to a health­ier life.

“Walk at Work Week is de­signed for ev­ery­one to cel­e­brate and en­cour­age walk­ing in and around the work­place,” he said.

“If your work in­volves a lot of sit­ting, take a few min­utes out each hour or so just to get up and walk around in the work­place.

“You will feel re-en­er­gised,” Mr Bal­lon said.

“If you don’t live far from work, try walk­ing rather than tak­ing the car.

“If you are too far to walk, what about park­ing the car a lit­tle fur­ther away than nor­mal and walk­ing for 10 min­utes or so to get that last short dis­tance to work.

“Or what about get­ting a group of your work col­leagues to­gether and go­ing for a short walk at lunchtime?”

Mr Bal­lon said walk­ing was suit­able for peo­ple of all ages and fit­ness lev­els and could be done just about any­where.

It was also free. “Walk­ing helps you to re­duce stress, be more alert, have a health­ier body and build strong re­la­tion­ships,” Mr Bal­lon said.

“You also feel stronger and more en­er­getic.”

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