Ever wondered how much walking it takes to burn off a slice of chocolate mud cake? Or how walking can help protect the environment?
Physical Activity Australia’s annual Walktober challenge answers those questions and aims to help everyone understand the benefits of walking – for both health and the environment.
Each year workplaces, schools and community groups are challenged to out-walk each other in a bit of friendly walking rivalry!
Walk to Work day can be used as part of your challenge kilometres.What difference does it make?
For every 26,000 kms reached, equal to once around Australia, that equates in kilojoules to more than 2,880 slices of mud cake and for the environment, 7,410kg of carbon emissions saved.
“Walktober is a fun initiative designed to get us incentivised to walk for fun, our health, as transport and to help the environment. Walking is also a perfect way to have a bit of much sought after ME (Movement and Exercise) time as well,” Physical Activity Australia CEO Fiona Bailey says.
“Walkers can record their walks at www.walktoberchallenge.com.au to see how far they've walked, the kilojoules they've burned and the greenhouse gases they've saved. It's really simple, all you need to do is walk – anytime, anywhere, for 15 minutes or more.”
Ms Bailey says Walktober is open to everyone.
"You can take part as an individual or get your workmates, schoolmates, friends or family together as a team."
She says if you’re looking for someone to walk with - join the free online community ActivityBuddies at www.activitybuddies.com.au.
National Walk to Work Day is Friday 8th November.