Paralympian and Australia's fastest skier Michael Milton co-hosted an
Earlybird Walk at Floriade this morning-one week away from Bupa Walk to
Work Day, on Friday 28 September.
The annual Bupa Walk to Work Day event encourages employees and employers
to build regular walking into their daily routines.
Michael completed the two-kilometre circuit around Commonwealth Park to
highlight the benefits of walking and to urge Canberrans to register.
"Walk to Work Day is a great way to promote physical activity as a part of
the balance in our everyday lives. The best thing about walking is the air,
the sunshine, the balance between the physical movement and the mental time
to think," he says.
"I have learnt from two bouts with cancer that you can't take your own
health for granted. So many people do not include anything physical in the
balance of their lives and I believe that it is a very important part of
leading a happy and productive one."
Most of the walking Milton has done in the past involves training for major
events like the Kokoda Trail or the Great Ocean Walk. While he does enjoy
walking he says sometimes it's nice to just have a casual relaxing walk.
The Heart Foundation's Bill Caddey has coordinated the Earlybird Walks at
Floriade for three years and is happy to support Bupa Walk to Work Day.
He's urging all Canberrans to join in.
" Walking in group provides a range of mental,
physical and social benefits and can help reduce your risk heart disease -
the number one killer of Canberrans."