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I love walking at night. With my ear plugs in and my podcasts on, I feel like I am in my own little cocooned world.
And as we all know there are so many reasons to walk every day. Walking significantly helps lower the risk of stroke, reduces the risk of developing type two diabetes, and helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
But some of Sydney's older residents feel they shouldn't be out after dark which severely curtails the hours in which they can take their daily constitutional.
A free walking group has been launched to coincide with NSW Seniors Week in March.
The After Dinner Walking Group will start up with a free 40-minute, 1.6-kilometre guided tour of Walsh Bay on Tuesday 18 March.The tour will be led by Luke Mead, Precinct Manager of Walsh Bay, and will include historical sites along the foreshore.
The tour departs from Pier 2/3 at Hickson Bay Road, and the evening finishes with refreshments at a local café.
This great new walking group is about boosting people's confidence to get out there and be active as well being a way to make new friends.
Even Lord Mayor Clover Moore has come out in favour of the plan saying: "The walking group shows the city in a different light for older residents and highlights how alive and enjoyable the city can be at any hour. We know that encouraging a variety of people to use the CBD after dark makes it a safer, more open place that everyone can enjoy."
While anyone can join this new walking group it is aimed at residents aged over 55
This is the first of many such tours. There will be one for Vivid in May and June, and the City Of Sydney's Art and About festival in September.
In between the organised walks, the groups' participants will be encouraged to get together regularly to enjoy their own group walks in the city.
City's Road Safety Officers, will also attend to show people how to safely enjoy the city on foot in the evening.
Really it doesn't matter what your age. A walk outdoors in the bright city lights is better than reaching for the remote any night of the week.
Details of the After Dinner Walking group can be found here. To sign up, call (02) 9244 3696, or email firstname.lastname@example.org