Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April
Take the stress out of getting active and join a Heart Foundation Walking group to boost your Active April efforts.
Walking on a regular basis has many health benefits from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol to helping people achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
The simple act of walking for 30 minutes a day or more can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as half. In fact, walking is as good as vigorous activity in reducing heart disease and heart attack in middle aged women.
Heart Foundation Walking has helped more than 80,000 Australians walk their way to better health since the program began in 1995. There are currently more than 25,000 active participants in the program. With 1,400 groups around Australia, there’s bound to be a Heart Foundation Walking group near you.
There are walking groups to suit all levels of fitness and lifestyles. There are dog walking groups, workplace groups, mums with prams, people who are just getting active after years on the couch and fast paced walkers.
If walking in a group isn’t for you or there isn’t a group in your area, you can join as a ‘Virtual Walker’ and track your progress online.
It doesn’t need to be a complicated track or a big distance. Swap the car for your runners and walk to school in the morning, walk in your lunch break at work or keep it social on the weekend and walk with a friend instead of meeting for a coffee. Just like Active April, it’s free and it’s fun for everyone.
For further information and details of a walking group near you, visit the Heart Foundation Walking website or call the Heart Foundation on 1300 36 27 87.
Last updated: March 9, 2017 at: 12:05 pm
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