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Published June 25th 2012
Winter chills can be a deterrent for most people to enjoy outdoor activities. So, having an opportunity to join a walking group with the trained guides is a great way to exercise your body while meeting with like-minded people for mutual encouragement. By joining a walking group, this will certainly heighten your motivation for exercise in winter.
Heart Foundation Walking – Park Walks is a joint initiative between the Heart Foundation and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. The program aims to encourage participants and community members to enjoy themselves in their local natural environments.
Photo courtesy of Heart Foundation - Park Walks 2012
To meet different needs of people due to varied ages and fitness levels, the program offers a wide selection of free guided walks led by Park Guides. Most walks are graded as easy to medium and are between one to three hours, offering lots of fun for everyone.
The Park Walks program runs throughout 2012. You'll enjoy a great walking experience in various natural places, including conservation parks, recreation parks, beaches and botanic gardens.
You can check the Park Walks full program here to find out what locations and dates best suit you. Registration is essential. As the program may change, check the organisation for the latest information. Make sure you wear suitable clothing and footwear as well as bring a bottle of water and some food for the walk.
There is also a range of other group walking events being held throughout the year for Heart Foundation Walking members and the general community in various states. This is a network of free community-based walking groups with volunteer Walk Organisers who lead groups in your local area. I include a snapshot of various walking destinations in NSW below for your quick reference. 17 July - Innes Ruins Historical Site (Port Macquaire) 21 July - Coffs Coast Regional Park (Coffs Harbour) 10 August - Leacock Regional Park (Casula Sydney) 6 September - Blue Glum Regional National Park (Newcastle) 21 September - Kattang NR (Port Macquarie)
2 October - Gundabooka National Park (Bourke)
20 October - Scheyville National Park (Windsor)
3 November - Blue Mountains National Park
For more information about what is happening in your area, you can check the website and select your state (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, TAS) and territory for more information.
If you are keen to walk regularly, you can participate in the Walker Recognition Scheme, which includes certificates and other incentives when you reach walking milestones, ranging from 25 walks to 1000 walks.
Make the move to immerse you in the beautiful natural surroundings and enjoy the physical and mental fitness. Enjoy your exploration to get a new walking experience.