What better way to embrace Spring than with Walktober?
What is Walktober?
Walktober is an annual health awareness and fundraising event
that challenges people to move every day in October.
How to make Walktober work for you?
Walking can be done at any pace and at any age. It re-energises
you, gets your body moving, your blood pumping, and makes you
happier to be alive.
We all have different levels of fitness and different walking
histories but don't let that stop you from embracing this
Check out the suggestions below to help you get on board with
Walktober because there is no doubt you will reap benefits if
you give it a go.
What's in it for you?
When you walk, your muscles are being exercised, this draws
glucose out of the bloodstream for fuel, helping manage the levels
of glucose in your blood.
This effect continues not just during exercise, but for 24 to 72
For this reason, it is recommended people with diabetes exercise
at least five days per week, if not every day.
This ensures that the muscles draw glucose from the bloodstream
If walking is not something you enjoy, change Walktober into
something that suits your needs.
You could replace the walking with cycling, swimming, dancing or
chair based resistance exercises.
Last year Charlie* challenged himself not with walking but with
a hydrotherapy class - check out the results of his pre and post
exercise blood glucose levels in the table.
*A little bit about Charlie… Charlie is a 72 year old
male living with type 2 diabetes and taking medication. He joined a
hydrotherapy exercise class and was doing 60 minute hydrotherapy
exercises twice a week. At the time he was also having to manage
lower back pain and arthritis in both knees.
If you need more support for some ideas contact us and
speak with an Exercise Physiologist on 1300 136 588.