Taking the step toward better health

2 October 2019|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Taking the step toward better health|

GLENORCHY Health and Fitness staff will get their step counter up this October by supporting the Pedestrian Council of Australia’s community event, the 2019 Diabetes Australia Walk to Work Day.

On Friday 4 October, employees at Glenorchy Health and Fitness will walk to work to encourage people to use their legs instead of a car.

“We want people to get out, be a little more active, enjoy the sunshine and become more aware of getting active and exercising in a way that is quite easy and doable,” Glenorchy Health and Fitness manager Andrea Franke said.

With one Australian diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every eight minutes, the event aims to encourage employees and employers to build regular walking into their daily routines.

“We see so many great results in a reversal of type 2 diabetes and people just improving their own wellbeing and fitness, even just through moderate exercise,” Ms Franke said.

“Walking is something everyone can do more of – it’s one of the best exercises the average person can do, it doesn’t cost anything, and it has a great health benefit.”

Ms Franke said although type 2 diabetes was a slow and progressive disease, it was reversable to some extent if caught early enough.

“People don’t realise just how much they are going to suffer in old age if they don’t start to make changes to their lifestyle when younger or middle aged,” she said.

“Diabetes Australia do a fantastic job in raising awareness and the fact it is a preventable disease really helps people change their long-term health program.”

Ms Franke encouraged members to be more active and park a bit further away from the centre to walk in and enjoy the sunshine and become more active.

“I hope to see Glenorchy as a community become more active, feel more empowered, and actually take control of their health and wellbeing,” Ms Franke said.

“It’s an easy area to walk around in and you can do your shopping – it’s the kind of exercise where no one is limited.”

Caption: Back from left, Glenorchy Health and Fitness patrons Kylie Ellis, James Mackey, Gerado Lacapra and staff member EJ Smith, with Lacey, Lydia and Jet Cox, and manager Andrea Franke.

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