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.
Marvellous Malcolm McLean’s Magnificent Meander
This was also called the July Walk and was led by Malcolm McLean. We took a City bus from Glenrose, a train from Town Hall to Rockdale and then a bus to Dolls Point on Botany Bay. We walked from near the Taren Point Bridge north to Brighton-Le Sands. We enjoyed the travelling, the walking, the views of Botany Bay, the discussion along the way, seeing some magnificent mansions, cheese and biscuits courtesy of the Miles and a lovely café lunch at Sans Souci. Thank you Malcolm for arranging and leading the walk.
The August walk will be led by Helen Miles with help from Ted Morton. It is on Friday, 30 August and is from Watson’s Bay to North Bondi. Meet at Glenrose by 7.45 am for 7.49 am City bus, walk from Wynyard to Circular Quay for coffee and to catch the 9.47 am ferry to Watson’s Bay. The walk is 7.7 km long, is part cliff top and part street walking and is classed medium. For anyone who would rather a shorter or quicker walk there are buses from Dover Heights to Bondi. For those interested, lunch at North Bondi RSL Club is suggested.
All are welcome to attend. If newer members would like to know more about the walks, please speak with Helen Miles.
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.