Many Heart Foundation Walking groups across the country will resume from tomorrow (20 June 2020) – and this could be great news for people keen to continue a newfound love of walking post-lockdown.
In a recent Heart Foundation survey of 300 people, around 30 per cent said they had been walking more since COVID-19 restrictions came into effect. Of those, 45 per cent took walks by themselves, 33 per cent with their partner and 22 per cent with their pets.
“When gyms and organised sport shut down due to the pandemic, walking became one of the few options for Australians to stay active,” said Heart Foundation Director of Active Living, Adjunct Professor Trevor Shilton.
“Large numbers of us discovered or even rediscovered the joys of walking around the neighbourhood with their family and pets,” he said.
“This time reminded Aussies that walking is free and easy, and almost anyone can do it. You can walk almost any time and anywhere. It’s a really simple and pleasant way to get your recommended 30 minutes of brisk physical activity each day.”
Professor Shilton encouraged these Australians to continue walking as restrictions begin to ease and to consider joining a Heart Foundation Walking group.
“We paused our walking groups during the pandemic to protect our walkers, volunteers and the community from virus transmission, but many will be able to resume from tomorrow. So now is a great time to join us and keep up the walking habits you developed during lockdown,” he said.
“There are more than 1200 Heart Foundation Walking groups across the country, including many that are pram-friendly and dog-friendly.
“Regular physical activity, such as brisk walking for 30 minutes a day, can deliver real health benefits. It not only reduces your risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions, but you are likely to feel more energetic, have stronger bones and muscles, and feel happier.
“If you decide to walk in a Heart Foundation Walking Group, you can also gain great social benefits. Our walkers often tell us they start for the exercise but stay for the company.”
To locate a group in your area, visit the Heart Foundation Walking