Walk to work this Friday and help diabetes awareness.

Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century but walk to work this week and you too can help.

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Walk to work this Friday and help yourself as well as Diabetes Australia.

According to Diabetes Australia, 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes making it the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system in 2015.

Walking is a positive form of exercise as part of a regular health and fitness regime that has proven health benefits and weight loss if maintained as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The 13th November is National Walk to Work day as part of Diabetes Week Australia. Bondi Beauty spoke with personal trainer Laura Moore to find out about the benefits of walking to work:

  1. Physical benefits – Walking has fabulous physical effects on our body if utilised as an exercise regime. It is a great way to assist body fat reduction, increases cardiovascular fitness, increases muscle strength and endurance and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  2. Social aspect – Walking is a great exercise to do with a friend or colleagues, it can be performed pretty much anywhere and is a healthier alternative to sitting around during a lunch break.
  3. Easy Exercise – Walking to work is a great solution for those that are time poor. By increasing your commute by 20-30mins you are adding a workout to your daily routine without setting aside an hour for the gym or a swim.
  4. Preventing diabetes – exercise controls glucose by helping muscles to absorb the blood sugar so it doesn’t build up in the bloodstream. It also helps reduce fat, particularly around the abdomen, which if in excess can cause inflammation in the cells and make them more resistant to insulin.
  5. It generally makes us happier – Scientific research shows that exercise helps us deal with stress, elevates mood, increases cognitive function and replenishes our energy levels. We are constantly being bombarded with information and input so we consistently find ourselves over stimulated and in a state of overwhelm, which causes the body to release hormones and chemicals to help bring it back to a state of balance. Walking gives the brain time to ‘switch off’ and calm down, while experiencing the benefits of physical activity at the same time.

Now in its 18th year Walk to Work Day raises funds for Diabetes Australia, with proceeds used to tackle what is quickly becoming an Australian Health epidemic.

To participate in Diabetes Australia, Walk to Work Day register yourself or your workplace at http://www.walk.com.au/wtw/how-to-participate.asp.

Lucy Bortolazzo

Lucy is a journalism graduate who feels most at home when wandering the streets of foreign cities. She has a passion for design, travel and everything food, and uses the excuse “I’m curious” to explain just about everything.

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