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Heart Foundation Walking

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Heart Foundation Walking

Learn more about Heart Foundation Walking and find your local walking group.

Every day we step closer to our goal

Here at Heart Foundation Walking we work every day to achieve our  goal – an Australia free of heart disease. 

We do this by building and supporting a community of walkers.

Our program is Australia’s largest free walking network, and offers Australians multiple ways to walk with us.

For over twenty years, the Heart Foundation Walking program has helped over 100,000 Australians start walking and stay walking. We started life in Queensland as the Just Walk It program, and can now have walking groups across the nation.

Traditionally we have been all about walking groups and our ‘red army’ keeps on trooping to this day. In 2017 we received a boost in government funding, which helped us build a new app to support solo walkers. We delivered the Prime Minister’s One million steps and have continued to run step challenges to encourage people to step it up.

Why walking?

Walking for an average of 30 minutes or more a day can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke by 35% percent and Type 2 diabetes by 40%.

It’s not just your heart and muscles that benefit from walking. Regular physical activity has been proven to:

  • Manage weight, blood pressure and cholesterol

  • Reduce your risk of some cancers

  • Maintain bone density, reducing risk of osteroporosis and fractures

  • Improve balance and coordination, reducing your risk of falls and other injuries.

Find your 30

All adults aged 18-64 years should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. That’s 30 minutes on five days of the week. It’s considered ‘moderate’ if it takes some effort, but you’re still able to talk comfortably.

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Last updated15 March 2024