Burdekin residents who are walking to keep fit are being urged to keep safe and be aware of their surroundings.
Burdekin Be Active Advisory Committee chairman Tony Vaccaro said it was encouraging to see so many residents walking for exercise, but it was also important for them to be safe.
“Walkers need to take a bit of extra care during the crushing and be aware of their surroundings,” he said.
“We urge people to use a footpath if it is available, or if walking on the road, ensure you are facing oncoming traffic and cross the road at pedestrian crossings or where you are able to see any traffic.
“Dressing to be seen is another important factor in being safe. During the day wear brightly coloured clothing and at night wear light reflective or white clothing.”
Mr Vaccaro said it was also important for walkers to warm up and stretch before starting and to wear comfortable shoes.
“If you are going for a walk during the day be sure to wear a broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and to drink plenty of water,” he said.
“If you prefer to walk at night, stick to well-lit areas, find a walking buddy or take your dog with you.
“Burdekin Be Active also advises walkers to walk in a group or if that’s not possible to display confident body language and carry a mobile phone.”
Mr Vaccaro said walking was an easy exercise in which most people could participate, but also was one of the best to maintain your health.
If residents are interested in joining a walking group, the BMW Walkers Heart Foundation Walking Group meets every Wednesday and Friday at 5.15pm (opposite Woolworths, Queen Street). Contact the Burdekin Neighbourhood Centre on 07 4783 4243 or Volunteer Walk Organiser Carol Schofield on 07 4783 1432 for further details.
The Burdekin Shire Council also has walking maps showing routes of varying distances in Ayr, Home Hill, Giru and Clare which are available from the Council Chambers at 145 Young Street in Ayr, both Burdekin Library facilities, Visitor Information Centres and online at http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/council/maps-of-the-shire/