Community Walks and Walking Groups

Walking is one of the BEST exercises you can do!  So get out there, and enjoy the spaces we have around us.
Walk on your own around our many tracks, paths and parks, or if you are looking for a fun, social and an easy way to get active, join a community walking group.

Great support is available locally through Healthy Together Mildura, with our partners Victoria Walks and the Heart Foundation.

To find out more, contact Jane McCracken – jmccracken@schs.com.au Ph (03) 5025 9644

Want to know where to start?

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  • Victoria Walks (Vicwalks) has a great website with a number of walks mapped out to show you where you can get out around Mildura, both to get health and see some of the attractions around us.
  • Simply visit www.walkingmaps.com.au and put in your post code to find out all you need to know about some of the great walk options close to you.
  • Take yourself, take your kids or take your dog.
  • And don’t forget, if cycling is more your style a Mildura bike routes map guide is also available through Mildura Rural City Council.

To find out more, contact Jane McCracken – jmccracken@schs.com.au Ph (03) 5025 9644

Let’s Walk Mildura

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Health Benefits of walking

  • Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. It can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
  • It’s free: Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment.
  • Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. It’s also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly or who haven’t exercised in a long time.

Regular walking can help you:

  • Become fitter and healthier, and improve cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Feel more energetic
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance
  • Lose weight, reduce body fat and increase muscle tone
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Better manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Reduce joint and muscular stiffness and pain
  • Strengthen their bones and improve their balance

What’s more, walking regularly makes you feel great and boosts your happiness.
Taking a brisk walk gives you a chance to think and reflect, while helping your body to:

  • Promote the release of endorphins – “happy” hormones
  • Release adrenaline – the body’s own “mood-lifting” chemical
  • Produce serotonin for a good night’s rest
  • Release muscle tension
  • Facilitate more rhythmic breathing
  • Increase feelings of euphoria as a result of dopamine

Walking with others

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Heart Foundation Walking Groups
•    Join us and become a Community Walking Group organiser – Take the first step to fun & fitness today.
•    Being a volunteer Walk Organiser is fun and easy – you only need a few other walkers to start a group and it should only take 5 minutes on top of the time actually spent walking. You will also receive great incentives, support and resources.

What support do volunteer walking group organisers get?

  • Walk Organiser training: A short training session and ongoing support from your Local Coordinator
  • HFW Merchandise: Free Heart Foundation Walking shirt, bucket hat and name tag
  • Walker Recognition Scheme: Able to join the Walker Recognition Scheme which includes certificates, merchandise and a monthly prize draw for every active walker
  • Insurance Cover: All registered Walk Organisers are covered by the Heart Foundation’s Policy for volunteer Walk Organisers which includes insurance cover

Contact us to get involved!
To volunteer contact Jane McCracken – jmccracken@schs.com.au Ph (03) 5025 9644

 

Are you interested in joining an existing walking group in your area?

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Check below for current walking groups in the Mildura Rural City Council area.

Name Location Meeting Time Contact
Ouyen Walk and TalkAll ages Ouyen Community Park, Oke St Ouyen Tuesday 9am MTHCS
KIM DARLEY
03 5092 1111
Etiwanda Wetlands Walkers Wetlands Car Park/Information BayGoogle map
http://goo.gl/4yc719
Tuesday 8.30am(starts Tue 17 March) Carolyn McNally 0428 502 172Sarah Carn
03 5021 7622
MDAS Walkers*Click here for Kobo eReader incentive Mildura WAVES, Deakin Ave, Mildura` Wednesday 10amJan-Feb 2015 MDAS
MICHELLE GRAY
03 50184102
SuniTAFE “Walk It_Out”(Private Group) SuniTAFE Benetook Ave, Mildura Wednesday 12pm (not on school holidays) Matthew Scott
03 5022 3946
Healthy Heart Walking Group Mildura Nowingi Place, Mildura Thursday 10am MDAS
MICHELLE GRAY
03 50184102
Gentle Nature Walk Jaycee Park, Hugh King Drive, Mildura Friday 8.30am Jane McCracken
03 50217 615
Irymple Green Belt Walk Lions Park BBQ area, Hazzell St, Irymple Sunday 10am TERRY KENNEDY
03 5024 5250
 Reddy Ramblers Walkers Group  Red Cliffs Football Oval Car Park, Red Cliffs  Tuesday & Friday 9.30am  JO FARRELL
03 5024 3455
** Centro Walking GroupEasy, aimed at 50+ age Centro MilduraCnr 15th St & Deakin AveMildura Tues & Thur 8am-9am SCHS
03 5022 5444
**Indicates: Not affiliated with Heart Foundation