Media release: Workers Urged to Get Walking

Media release time: Fri 08 Nov 2013, 12:00a.m.

Local chiropractors are urging Tasmanian residents to join in the National Walk to Work day this Friday November 8

WALKING to work is a great opportunity to improve our postural fitness and help us get more active, says Dr Ashley Dent.

“With research showing the average Australian office worker spending 14 hours a day sitting down, every chance to get up and get moving such as Friday’s “Walk to Work Day” must be grabbed with both hands,” Dr Dent said. “Walking to work is not only great for your health but can let you take time for yourself and slow down your busy day.”

The Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) has a website www.juststartwalking.com.au and has made available a mobile phone app designed to prompt people around Australia to, quite simply, just start walking. The app measures and maps your walks, so you can keep track of your progress. So far, it has logged more than 200984 kms walked by community users and it is available at the App store and the Android marketplace.

Chiropractors’ Association of Australia chief executive Andrew McNamara says a survey by market research company UMR showed that 90 per cent of Australians believe a significant cause of obesity is sitting and a lack of exercise, so we have to act on it.

Two hundred and eighty thousand Australians each year face forced early retirement due to back and arthritic pain. The CAA believes a good healthy diet, regular movement and exercise, professional advice and support will improve the postural fitness of Australians.

“Improving your postural fitness may very well see you stay out of the pool of forced early retirees,” Mr McNamara said. “Walking to work is a great way to improve your postural fitness. “We congratulate the Pedestrian Council of Australia for reminding us of an excellent way to break the bad habit of too much sitting.”

Mr McNamara says sitting is the new bad health habit gripping the nation and that sitting has been called “the new smoking” for a very good reason.

For more information visit the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia’s website: www.chiropractors.asn.au

For further media query or to interview Andrew McNamara please contact the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia Media Adviser Kimberly Lennard: phone 0429 999 160 or email media@caa.asn.au