Walking and cycling to Deakin
Physical activity is good for your health and the best form of physical activity is that which can be built into daily life as habitual activity. Deakin offers various facilities to assist staff and students if they choose to use either of these methods to get to and from campus.
Did you know that three quarters of all personal journeys are less than 10 kilometres long? That's half an hour on a bike! Switching these short journeys from car to bicycle will benefit your health and your community. You'll be helping to reduce noise and air pollution as well as traffic congestion.
In Melbourne, the average speed of a commuting car is 19.7km/h. A bicyclist can comfortably average 17km/h, with many experienced bike riders traveling above 20km/h.
More bike riding is good news for the environment and your local community. But the biggest benefit is for you as an individual. Your strength, stamina, aerobic fitness and general muscle function will all be improved. Riding is a low impact activity and one of the safest ways to exercise without risk of over-exertion or strain to muscles and joints. Regular physical activity also facilitates other healthy behaviours, reduces stress and anxiety and could help you reduce weight or even give up smoking.
Deakin Medical Centres
Deakin Medical Centre staff are available to provide advice related to general exercise and wellbeing as well as more specific advice concerning individual concerns or risk factors. The centres are staffed by qualified and experienced doctors and nurses and are available to all staff and students at each campus to provide accessible and confidential medical services.