Healthy workers step up activity

STEP UP: The Noosa News team bring their walking shoes to work.
STEP UP: The Noosa News team bring their walking shoes to work. Alan Lander

THIS week the Noosa News team has racked up more than 150,000 steps while participating in Queensland's inaugural Walk at Work Week.

"For some of us it's been a bit of a challenge to increase our activity levels while at work but we've all made a conscious effort to get up from our desks and go for a quick walk at regular intervals during the day,” Noosa News editor Michele Sternberg said.

"The one-week challenge has been an eye-opener and has hopefully set us up for a regular walking routine.

"It has certainly made us all more aware of how little exercise a desk job provides.”

Walk at Work Week is an initiative of Queensland Walks in conjunction with two Queensland Government-funded physical activity programs, Heart Foundation Walking (Queensland) and 10,000 Steps.

"A typical work day requiring extended sitting can be detrimental to employees' physical and mental health,” Walk at Work Week co-organiser Anetta Van Itallie said.

"Workplaces and staff alike can reap benefits such as increased focus, productivity, reduced absenteeism and improved mood if walking at work is supported and embraced.

"10,000 steps a day is the recommended target for a healthy adult but many sedentary jobs mean workers need to make a conscious effort to even come close to that.”

Topics:  exercise healthy noosa noosa news staff walk

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

QLD ELECTION: Palaszczuk confident of majority win

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with supporters at a barbecue at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks, the day after the 2017 Queensland election. Brisbane, Sunday, November 26, 2017.

LIVE BLOG: Antony Green has called the Queensland election for Labor

QLD VOTES LIVE: Will this man be the state's first Greens MP?

Michael Bergman and supporters in Maiwar. Picture: Brendan O'Malley

Polling puts Labor marginally ahead of the Liberal National Party

QLD VOTES: Where to find your closest ballot box on Saturday

Let us help you find the closest voting booth.

Find out where your best spot is to cast a vote here

Local Partners