Over 1,100 free walking groups nationwide
Join your local Heart Foundation Walking group. Meet regularly, have fun and be healthy.
Groups range in size and walk at various times, days and durations. Chances are, there’s one suited to you.
The wonder drug
Walking for an average of 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes by 30 to 40 per cent.
Plus, walking regularly has been proven to:
Manage weight, blood pressure and cholesterol
Reduce your risk of developing some cancers
Maintain your bone density, reducing your risk of osteoporosis and fractures
Improve balance and coordination, reducing your risk of falls and other injuries.
“I walked away from a killer”
For more than 40 years I’ve been overweight. I developed diabetes and blood pressure problems and my doctor said if I continued with my current lifestyle, it could lead to more health issues or worse, cut my life short.
I started by trying to walk up to 5,000 steps a day. It wasn’t easy. However, after a year I was up to 15,000 steps a day and officially no longer diabetic and didn’t have any issues with my blood pressure.
It’s amazing how the simplest form of exercise can have a positive impact to our overall mental and physical health.Maria
My friend and I used to walk together some years ago and last year, we decided it was time to get our walking shoes on again. Both of us knew that we had a better chance of committing if we were relying on each other.
Initially we were happy to reach 10,000 steps a day, but gradually we built our fitness up. Now anything less than a two hour walk barely qualifies in our books!Kathryn
A family history of heart disease, creeping weight gain in my middle years, a love of walking and the great Australian outdoors has led me to increase my fitness by walking regularly.
The app has helped me reach my goals! I am loving life and challenging my fitness levels through an activity I love.Gaye