Grand Pacific Health is encouraging people to take advantage of their Free Pedometer Loan Scheme to see if they’re on track for 10,000 steps a day.
The Pedometers are available from Snowy Monaro Regional Library, which includes sites at Cooma and Bombala as well as the mobile Library.
The Snowy Mountains Neighbourhood Centre in Jindabyne also has pedometers available for borrowing.
Grand Pacific Health, Health Promotions Officer Kate Greenwood, says walking can give you more energy and help improve your sleep patterns:
“It can help to reduce stress and sadness while improving concentration and self-esteem.”
“It can also help lower your risk of health conditions such as heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes.”
“No, it’s not a new wonder-drug; it’s no-cost, no-fuss walking,” Kate added.
Health professionals recommend taking at least 10,000 steps every day to reap the benefits.
“Despite our busy lifestyles, we’re often not as active as we may think, with less than one in five Australians reaching 10,000 steps a day,” said Kate
“Not only does wearing a pedometer increase awareness of the number of steps we are taking each day, but it is a great motivation to find more ways to be active,” added Kate.
Strategies to meet the 10,000 steps a day target include:
• Park further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way
• Catch up with a friend for a walk and talk rather than coffee and cake
• Print work documents to a printer on the other side of the office
• Encourage colleagues to participate in ‘walking meetings’
• Make your dog’s day and go for a walk
For more information please contact Kate Greenwood on 02 64 534 400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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