Naracoorte locals take up walking for their health

WALK: The weekly walking group motivated participants each week. PHOTO: Supplied
WALK: The weekly walking group motivated participants each week. PHOTO: Supplied

Did you know that walking for an average of 30 minutes per day can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes by 30-40%?

Across the Naracoorte and Lucindale communities, many find it difficult to fit in 30 minutes of walking into their day.

In association with the Heart Foundation and the Naracoorte Lucindale Wellbeing Program, Good Country Physiotherapy has started a 30 minute walking group open to all ages, abilities and walking speeds.

Each Wednesday rain, hail or shine, we meet at the Naracoorte Sound Shell at 9am for a 30-minute walk.

We have received fantastic feedback with participants enjoying the social aspect and coming away on a 'high' from walking with a group of people. Many have found that the 30 minutes flies by when talking to different members of the community and the company has helped motivate them to return week after week.

This walking group is suitable for everyone. At the beginning of each walk we explain a general route, which often changes each week. All walking speeds are welcomed, as faster walkers can go on ahead and slower walkers can walk at their own pace. A physiotherapist walks with the group most weeks.

We have seen approximately 10 people attending the groups each week on average. Free pedometers were given out to encourage people to track their steps and progress in the early weeks.

Walking groups have also started in Bordertown (Thursdays at 9am), Kingston (Thursdays at 9am) and Keith (Fridays at 12noon), with Good Country Physiotherapy staff leading the way in each location.

The Naracoorte Lucindale Wellbeing Program is a joint project between the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and the South Australian Government under the Wellbeing SA Statewide Wellbeing Strategy.

If you want more information about the walking groups available across the Limestone Coast, please call Good Country Physiotherapy on 87621515.