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Lowering your risk of stroke: The 10 walks 10 weeks challenge

By Jo Cordell Cooper*

SO here we are in spring, the days are getting longer and warmer – it’s time to get outdoors and out and about.

As I am keenly interested in reducing the risk of stroke in the community, I thought the timing was right to throw out a little challenge to the people of Hobart.

The challenge is free to enter and the obligation is achievable.

I am asking people to complete 10 walks in 10 weeks.

The “rules” are as follows:

Do 10 walks over the next 10 weeks (over and above what you would normally do).

Walk for one hour minimum – try a new trail, walk a beach, join a walking group, walk someone else’s dog, get creative.

Stroke Awareness Week was in September and the two highest risk factors are high blood pressure and lack of physical exercise – and one of the strategies for reducing high blood pressure is increasing exercise.

Are you with me? Let’s get walking.

How will I know you are taking part?

First, find and like ‘HIKE Ready’ on Facebook and then share photos of where you are with the hashtag #10walks10weeks.

At the end of 10 weeks, I’ll do a random draw of all those who took part and I’ll design a personalised hiking training plan valued at $120 (useful if you got a big hike coming up) as a special prize – a random draw for those who take part.

Share your walks on Facebook ‘Hike Ready’, use the hashtag #10walks10weeks, tag in your friends, inspire us.

*Jo Cordell-Cooper runs the award-winning business Active Solutions and founded not for profit organisation Tasmanian Iconic Walks that offers challenging day long wilderness walks that raise funds for Stroke Foundation. Jo can be contacted on activesolutionstas@gmail.com, or phone 0409 862 206. Her website is jocc.com.au.