The Walking Program
Our walking group coordinator is Silvia Gore. Click here for phone number.
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.
March Walk – 29 March
Ted Morton writes:-
We had a beautiful day for our walk commencing from Seaforth Reserve. 16 members walked around the foreshore, over the Spit Bridge and had a coffee break at Plonk Cafe near the bridge. We then headed around the marina, past a couple of houseboats (one good and one not so good) and then along a dirt track towards Quakers Hat rock. There were great water views all the way.
After stopping for a cheese and biscuits break we decided not to continue and headed up to the road for a return to the Spit and Seaforth Reserve. This decision was taken as the track was suffering some soil erosion exposing tree roots. We later learned that there were ticks further along the track so a good decision on our part. On our return we adjourned to Wakehurst Golf Club for lunch.
April Walk (Helen Miles 94518777 or 0407 078 963)
Our April walk is on Friday 26th at Mona Vale. It will be led by Jean Scott (9975 2494) and Elaine Winslade (0416 329 049). Meet at 9.30am at Robert Dunn Reserve which is on Narrabeen Park Parade around the bend and up the hill from Mona Vale Hospital and Coronation Street. Coffee is to be at Mona Vale Beach, with the possibility of lunch at Mona Vale.
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.