The Walking Program
Coordinator is Helen Miles.
The aim of the Walking Group is to provide a healthy and social activity at minimum cost.
When lunch is shown, it is usually a low cost option. If you wish to leave the activity prior to lunch, please let the leader know. The leader carries an attendance register, a first aid kit and an emergency contact list.
Most walks have some hills and some steps. You will be informed about the level of difficulty at the meeting prior to the walk.
Twelve members enjoyed a glorious Spring day for our Parramatta River walk led by Malcolm McLean. After a leisurely coffee at Circular Quay, a pleasant trip on the Rivercat to Rydalmere, then bus to Parramatta, we commenced our walk back along the river to Rydalmere Wharf. We visited the Female Orphan School building in the Western Sydney University Campus, inspecting an exhibition on Gough Whitlam and an Aboriginal art display in the Margaret Whitlam Gallery before enjoying lunch at the Riverside Cafe. After our break we continued on our walk to Rydalmere Wharf for the Rivercat trip back to the City and bus trip home. Thanks for a great day out Malcolm.
Our October walk is on Friday, 25 October and is to the “Sculptures by the Sea”.
Meet at Glenrose by 8.07 am for the 274 City bus at 8.12 am to QVB. Then a train to Bondi Junction and the 379 bus to Bronte Beach. After coffee at Bronte, we will enjoy the sculptures at a leisurely pace and finish at the North Bondi RSL Club for lunch.
The walking group had its first walk on 4 July 2008. It was started by John Robinson and Ted Morton. Subsequently, the timing of the walks was changed to the last Friday of the month. Many areas of Sydney have been explored.
The Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation has recently commenced walking groups. The bad news is the closest group to Belrose is North Sydney. The good news is you have your very own walking group within our Probus Club.
Here is an extract of what the Heart Foundation has to say about walking:
“There are many ways to be physically active, but walking is the number one activity most Australian adults do on a regular basis. Walking is so popular because it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be done just about anywhere and is free. Walking also has a very low risk of injury (not jarring on the joints) and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
Although we encourage everyone to walk, Heart Foundation Walking is structured around organised groups, as this compliments the social aspect of walking. People can talk while they walk so it’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and your neighbourhood.
Being active on a regular basis is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and walking is a great way to look after your heart. Regular physical activity helps –
- reduce the risk of heart disease & stroke,
- manage weight, blood pressure & cholesterol
- prevent & control diabetes
- reduce the risk of developing some cancers
- maintain bone density, reducing the risk of fractures
- improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls
It also helps you feel stronger, more energetic and happier and improves your overall quality and enjoyment of life.”
So, what is stopping you? Get involved in your Club’s walking group and enjoy easy walking in a social atmosphere with friends.