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.
The last day of Autumn for 2019 presented 19 of our members, sunny conditions for our May 2019 walk through the Warriewood wetlands with Helen Miles as the leader.
We initially met at the Boondah Reserve and jackets were then needed to deal with the “brisk” conditions. An enjoyable cup of coffee at the nearby Warriewood Shopping Centre was a great way to start the day, before setting out to enjoy the beauty of Nature within the Warriewood wetlands. As the easy walk progressed, various jackets were removed. Wildlife sighted included bats, spoonbill, ducks, finches, water hens, and we were able to hear constant sounds of birdlife.
Helen and Dennis Miles provided cheese and biscuits at the waterfall. The waterfall was picturesque in spite of the relatively small flow of water which was a reminder of the low rainfall we have experienced in recent times giving rise to recently announced water use restrictions. At the Warriewood shopping complex there are various carved sandstone representations of the animals in the area, and a reminder of the nearby wetlands. Thank you Helen for a very enjoyable Probus walk. More photos on the web site.
June Walk (Helen Miles 94518777 or 0407 078 963)
Our June walk is on Friday 28th June. We are walking from Waverton to the Rocks. It will be led by Jock Cameron (tel 8054 8458 or mobile 0401 151 877).
Meet at Glenrose Shops Bus Stop at 8:45am for an 8:52 bus to Chatswood. This bus leaves from the Glen Street Theatre side of the road.
From Chatswood, we catch the next train stopping at Waverton from where we start our walk to the Rocks. We plan to have our first coffee at Waverton and for those wishing to have lunch, our plan is to go to the Contemporary Museum of Art.
This walk is long with quite a few steps and rated medium.
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.