Information about walking
Walking is a great way to be active, it’s a low impact exercise on the body, inexpensive to do and most enjoyable.
All you need is a good pair of shoes, comfortable clothing and desire to get your body moving.
Walking is the most popular type of physical activity amongst Western Australian adults with 52% walking for recreation and 21% walking for transport.
Local streets and footpaths were also identified as a frequently used facilities for physical activity (Physical Activity Levels of Western Australian Adults, 2009).
The National Physical Activity Guidelines for adults suggest at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, like walking, on most, preferably all days.
- The benefits of walking include:
- controlled and lowered weight;
- stronger bones (reduced risk of osteoporosis);
- feeling happy and relaxed;
- reduced cholesterol;
- decreased blood pressure;
- reduced chances of a heart attack;
- better recovery from a heart attack;
- reduced chances of a stroke;
- decreased risk of diabetes.
For an overview on walking in Western Australia, we would recommend the Walking Guide Book on the Department of Transport website. The Walking Guide includes fast facts on walking, tips on how to get started, reports and policies; Western Australia's best walking trails and other useful information. The Department of Transport website is a useful resource as it has comprehensive information about walking such as Walk Over October, where to walk in our state, walking programs and contact information.
The National Heart Foundation website provides information about joining or starting a Heart Foundation Walking group. Every walking group is different, they vary in the number of members, and levels of difficulty and meet at a variety of days and times of the week. Everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace.
How to kit
- Department for Communities website
- Department of Environment and Conservation website
- Department of Health - Find 30 website
- Department of Transport website
- Heart Foundation website
- Main Roads WA website
- WA Police website
- Walk leader training manual
- Western Australian Local Government Association website