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Walking group back to boost mind, body

GREAT news for people to indulge their newfound love of walking while in isolation and encouragement for others to get off the lounge, Heart Foundation Walking Groups have now resumed, with Revesby Walkers one of half a dozen groups in Bankstown that started back this week.

In a recent Heart Foundation survey of 300 people, around 30 per cent said they had been walking more since Covid-19 restrictions came into effect.
Of those, 45 per cent took walks by themselves, 33 per cent with their partner and 22 per cent with their pets.
“When gyms and organised sport shut down due to the pandemic, walking became one of the few options for Australians to stay active,” a Heart Foundation spokesperson said.
Revesby organiser Robyn O’Reilly agrees, saying that most walkers in her group have been out and about on their own but were raring to go on Monday, meeting up at Lambeth Reserve, Picnic Point, at 8.30am.
“I first started walking in 1998 so have been walking now for over 20 years,” she said.
“It will definitely improve your health not just physically but mentally and, of course, the social benefits are wonderful; you definitely make friends along the way.
“We often have coffee afterwards or meet up for other outings.
“There are about 20 of us and most are aged in their 60s to 80s.”
Other local groups include Bankstown Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Walking Group, Roselands Raindrop Rovers Walking Group, Arabic Speaking Women’s Walking Group in Lakemba and CHNC Walking Group in Chester Hill.
To contact a group near you, visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au.

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