May 23
Rylstone and kandos locals urged to get active with heart foundation walking group

Rylstone / Kandos and surrounding residents are being urged to get active and improve their heart health by joining the Heart Foundation Walking group in Rylstone.

Heart Foundation Walking groups are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. The program has the added bonus of helping you stay motivated by providing a friendly social environment as well as a walker recognition scheme offering incentives at various walking milestones such as 25 walks.

“A lot of people don’t know that the simple act of walking for 30 minutes on all or most days of the week can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as half – and gradually walking faster, further or for longer only increases the benefit,” said Tony Thirlwell, Heart Foundation CEO - NSW.

“Walking is a simple, inexpensive, low-impact exercise, which also offers great potential benefits. It helps manage body-weight, blood pressure and cholesterol and can lessen the effects of stress,” Mr Thirlwell added.

”Being part of a group keeps people motivated and it’s fun to combine socialising with a health and fitness activity,” he added.

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, led by Volunteer Walk Organisers.

One group member said “Once you get walking you don’t even realise that you are exercising, it is a social outing with added health benefits.”

Rylstone walking group meets every Tuesday and Thursday 10:30am and anyone is welcome to join.

For more information about the Rylstone walking group please contact either Patty, Sonia or Tracey at Rylstone HealthOne on 63578150.

 

Media Contact: Julia Southgate - 02 9219 2426 / 0478 313 656