DEDICATION: Lyn Lewis competing in a walking race at the World Masters Games in 2001.
DEDICATION: Lyn Lewis competing in a walking race at the World Masters Games in 2001. Contributed

Keep walking to improved health

RECENTLY Jared Tallent, Australian race walker, succeeded in gaining more Olympic medals than any other track and field athlete representing Australia. This is impressive considering male race walking events comprise 20km or 50km.

Walking has been a dominant activity for human beings for thousands of years, connected with existence. Palaeolithic enthusiasts of nowadays should walk everywhere to get a feel of how Stone Age people once subsisted.

Nowadays we can choose our mode of transport; a very long time ago there was no choice.

Undoubtedly, walking is considered in traditional naturopathic practice to be the sovereign activity.

Regardless of whatever muscular activity you are doing, walking should be included for best quality of life. Not only do you become an environmentalist by reducing carbon emissions, you also will reduce risk of obesity from walking.

Additionally, walking possibly will reduce onset of chronic diseases. Without hesitation, I would argue that all levels of government should invest heavily into extensive walkways throughout CQ.

I can think of no better way to enjoy nature walking than on bush tracks in our national parks. Walking in the 5km park run at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a perfect Saturday morning activity.

Capricorn Coast walking track project development recently suggested will become another great walking opportunity.

Walking, otherwise termed pedestrianism, came to the fore in sport by the endurance performance of the famous Scotsman, Robert Allardice, who in 1809 walked one mile (1.6 km) every hour for 1000 hours.

Queensland's own Ron Grant bettered this distance in 1989, 2.5km every hour for 1000 hours. Ron bettered that feat in 1992, 3km every hour for 1000 hours.

There are a few styles to pedestrianism, strolling, brisk walking, aerobic walking and race walking.

The value of walking activity is that it has low impact. Not considering your walking pace, best to have your head and neck erect.

Brisk walking will support heart health, if you walk about 10 minutes per kilometre, your circulation will benefit.

Aerobic walking includes arms moving backwards and forwards vigorously, eight minutes per kilometre.

Race walking basically flexes the hips with a strong heal toe action; the fastest walking style. Lynette Lewis is Queensland's only Centurion Walker, 100 mile, 160km on an athletic track within 24 hours, achieved in 2002.