CARE Challenges Australians To Become More Active

According to the latest research, only seven per cent of Australians walk more than the recommended distance that is required to maintain well being and general health. The results of the research was revealed as part of CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes Challenge. The results show the average Australian takes 4,000 steps or walks 3.2 kilometres per day.

People need to take 10,000 steps

The National Heart Foundation of Australia and the World Health Organisation are different health authorities that both recommend we take 10,000 steps a day or walk 7.62 kilometres in order to reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve general health. Those of Generation Y were found to be the most active walkers, covering the longest distance at 3.5 kilometres. In contrast baby boomers walk just 2.9 kilometres per day. The results also show that women are twice as likely to walk less than one kilometre each day compared to men. The least active Australians were shown to come from South Australia and Queensland.

“This new research shows that too many Australians aren’t walking enough, but for far too many women and girls overseas, it’s the opposite; the daily task of walking to collect water, food or firewood is a burden that means many miss out on going to school or having the chance to earn an income to lift themselves out of poverty,” said CARE Australia CEO Dr Newton-Howes.

Care issues a challenge

The Walk In Her Shoes campaign has issued the challenge to Australians to walk up either, 25,50 or 100 kilometres over a period of a week whilst also raising cash to provide food and water sources closer to communities. Deborah Knight, who hosts Weekend Today and is also the ambassador for Walk In Her Shoes says that participating in the challenge was something the people could easily integrate into their daily routine.

“Swap your coffee shop catch up for a walk around the park with friends, or opt for a walking meeting with work colleagues. Whatever your approach, knowing that you’ve joined forces with thousands of Australians for such a great cause makes every step meaningful.”

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