A resident takes a stroll around Bibra Park
By Joey Heng
Walk Over October is happening again!
It is an annual event which encourages people to walk, cycle or take the public transport instead of driving.
The theme this year is ‘Explore’ and participants are invited to take advantage of the spring weather in October and accept a walking challenge with family and friends with the aim of getting exercise and staying healthy.
The organisers say walking opens our eyes to many things and places we have yet to discover in our neighborhood … something we cannot achieve staying behind the wheel every day.
They say it’s an opportunity to chance upon great romantic cafes or even hidden places and treasures while walking to your intended destination.
“There are so many benefits of walking and every time after a stroll around the area, I feel more refreshed and energetic,” said Walk Over October participant Valerie Zoca.
“I usually walk two or three times a week but because of Walk Over October, I try to do it five times a week.
“And it is true I discover some hidden cafes and shops while doing so! Not to mention meeting new people from around my neighborhood.”
There are ways children can get involved in Walk Over October too and this includes participating in Walk to School Day which is coming up on the October 24.
There are free walks in different suburbs which are detailed on individual city websites.
“There are many reasons to promoting these free walks,” says Jodie Larke, Health Promotion Officer in Bunbury in the National Health Foundation.
“Some of which are that people save money rather than driving a car and also, socializing more with their colleagues and community.”
Organisers say Walk Over October is a great way to start getting outside more and spending quality time with family and friends.
Participants can still sign up and take on the walking challenge by visiting http://healthyactivebydesign.com.au/walkoveroctober