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Walking

An act or instance of going on foot especially for exercise or pleasure.

Queensland Walking Strategy

An easy choice for everyone, every day

Every Queenslander should have the opportunity to walk and use quality walking infrastructure as part of their daily routine, so they can experience the lifelong health benefits of increased physical activity.

When we talk about walking we also mean jogging, running, and moving with the help of a mobility device such as a wheelchair, mobility cane or a walking frame. We’re talking about walking in public places and spaces (such as parks, paths and streets).

Queensland Government

The Queensland Government has developed Queensland’s first walking strategy. The strategy recognises the critical role that walking plays as part of a single integrated transport system accessible to everyone and as part of a healthy, active lifestyle for all Queenslanders.

In addition, the Action Plan for Walking 2019–2021 lists the practical actions needed right now to grow walking, and will be updated every 2 years.

Click HERE for larger version of infographic. Source: Queensland Walking Strategy

Walking Resources

Queensland Walking Strategy

An easy choice for everyone, every day

Every Queenslander should have the opportunity to walk and use quality walking infrastructure as part of their daily routine, so they can experience the lifelong health benefits of increased physical activity.

Source: Queensland Government

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Walking in Queensland

Benefits of walking

Walking is part of every journey we make. It is important that people are encouraged to walk more often. As a regular activity, walking:

  • improves health and fitness for individuals in the community
  • benefits the environment by reducing air pollution and traffic congestion
  • provides children with an informal learning environment for their physical, practical, emotional and social development
  • improves local neighbourhoods when goods and services are purchased locally
  • provides people with the social benefit of interacting with others in their community
  • increases a sense of safety with more people out and about
  • is the least costly and most sustainable form of transport.

Source: Queensland Government

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Great Walks of Queensland

Great Walks of Queensland

Some of Queensland’s best natural areas are now yours to explore as Great Walks of Queensland.

Glorious beaches, spectacular geological formations, crystal clear lagoons, ancient rainforests and rich indigenous culture are just some of the treasures you can discover.

The Great Walks of Queensland are a world-class system of walking tracks through Queensland’s protected area estate, including four magnificent World Heritage Areas.

Great Walks of Queensland offers a range of experiences, from short, easy strolls to half and full-day walks and extended overnight adventures, giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy the magnificence of Queensland’s parks and forests.

Ten Great Walks are now open for you to enjoy.

Source: Queensland Government

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Top ten ways walking can improve your work day

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Walking and cycling to work

Walking and cycling to work

Walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive

In Australia, more than 9 million people commute to work every weekday. The distance they travel and how they get there – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can influence their well-being and performance at work.

Walking isn’t just good for you

Walking isn’t just good for you

Walking isn’t just good for you – it’s good for the economy
It’s a truism that walking — as with most forms of exercise — is good for you.

John Howard credited his longevity as PM, in part, to daily walks; Albert Einstein walked to sharpen his mind; writer Henry David Thoreau needed four hours a day to preserve his “health and spirits”.

But walking isn’t just good for your physical and mental health; it’s also good for the economy.

Walking great for your mental fitness

Walking great for your mental fitness

10 reasons why walking is great for your mental fitness

30-year-old Jake Tyler was in a bad place. Plagued by anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts, he calls it the “darkest state of mind” he’d ever been in and feared he would never recover. But then something twigged: “I’d started working on my physical fitness, and whenever I’d spend time outdoors I realised the positive impact that being immersed in nature was giving me. Which got me thinking: if something as simple as taking a walk and encountering the natural beauty of this country can make me feel so much better, why don’t more people do this? So I decided to do something about it.”

Why Walking Is So Good

Why Walking Is So Good

Why Walking Is So Good for Parents, Toddlers, and the Cities Where They Live

Planning and managing cities has become one of humanity’s defining challenges, yet it is hard to know how to plan for what a city needs now and in the future at the same time. What can we measure to determine if a city is functioning well for its residents today and is likely to live up to its full potential in the long run?

One answer: The daily life of a toddler.


 

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