Best foot forward for walk to work
IF you think walking from your car to the office is a long trip, try walking a day in Dave Draney's shoes.
The Bundaberg man walks the 12km round trip from his North Bundaberg home to his job as a librarian at CQ University every day.
In training for an 11-day trek along the Tasmanian Overland track, Mr Draney is just one Bundaberg person who will take part in National Walk to Work Day tomorrow.
“I've participated in the Walk to Work Day about three times,” Mr Draney said.
“I've been in training for my Tasmania trip for a few months, so Friday will be another training day for me.”
Scorching sun and torrential downpours never dampen Mr Draney's walking plans, including this week's wet weather.
“I still walked in the rain,” he said.
“People at work think I'm crazy and offer to give me a lift, but I walk instead. When I'm in Tasmania I won't be able to just call someone and ask them to pick me up.”
The 11-day trek through the Overland and side tracks will be Mr Draney's 50th birthday treat.
“I have always wanted to do it, so I decided now was the time,” he said.
“You only turn 50 once.”
The keen walker said people did not need to go to the same extremes he did to participate in Walk to Work Day.
“It's good to get involved to keep fit,” Mr Draney said.
“I have definitely noticed improvements since I started walking. There aren't as many aches and pains.”
Mr Draney said despite his stamina and fitness improvements, he still believed Tasmania would be a challenge.
“I hope it is, anyway,” he said.
“They reckon it can be a bit wild down there, but I'm prepared.”
People across the country are being asked to step up to the challenge this year, with the launch of Walk to Work Day's latest campaign, Walking Works.
The campaign is designed to encourage organisations to support their employees and build walking into their daily routine.
If work is too far, people are encouraged to park farther away or get off the train or bus earlier.
Walk to work
Walking is a free, easy way to improve health and manage your weight
Put your best foot forward and register for the 2010 National Walk to Work Day at www.walk.com.au for more information