Walking groups resume to aid physical and mental well-being

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 Stockland Merrylands Walking Group one of half a dozen groups in Cumberland that started back last 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.
Stockland Merrylands Walking Group organiser Ian Ward agrees, saying that most walkers in his group have been out and about on their own but were raring to go on Tuesday, meeting up at the Mall at 7.45am.
“We also walk on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays but not everyone attends all walks,” he said.
“The group has been around since 2012 with Stocklands Mall management encouraging us, as they do throughout the Stocklands group.
“The walking has definitely kept me going and you can’t deny the physical and mental benefits.
“It’s also very social and we often have a coffee after our walk which was hard when the food court was shut.
“I’m 86 but certainly don’t feel it.”
Other groups in Cumberland include Heart Beats Walkers in Auburn, Young at heart Walking Group in Granville, Everly Park Bushland Walkers in Guildford, Holroyd Sports Ground Walking Group in Granville and Merrylands East Primary School Walking Group.
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