I am
Show me:
Show me:
Get your walking shoes on for fun and fitness
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

Get your walking shoes on for fun and fitness

Media Release -28 August 2020

The Heart Foundation is urging more people in regional South Australia to sign on and step out with a Heart Foundation Walking group.

“Walking groups are a simple and enjoyable way to get your recommended 30 minutes of physical activity each day,” said Heart Foundation CEO South Australia/Northern Territory, Imelda Lynch.
“They are also a great way to socialise and meet new people. Our walkers often tell us they start for the exercise but stay for the company.”

Ms Lynch said a recent Heart Foundation survey of 300 Australians found about 30 per cent said they had been walking more after COVID-19 restrictions came into effect.

“Let’s keep the momentum going now that restrictions have been eased. Regular physical activity, such as a brisk walk can deliver real health benefits. It not only reduces your risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions, but you are likely to feel more energetic, enjoy better mental health and keep your weight, blood pressure and other risk factors in check.”

Research shows that South Australians are not doing enough physical activity to maintain good health.

“All adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as walking, each week. That’s 30 minutes a day, five days a week,” Ms Lynch said.

“Only 30 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women in South Australia are meeting the Government’s physical activity guidelines.

“We know people in rural and remote communities are less likely to be physically active than their city counterparts, so we are currently focusing on these areas with support from Wellbeing SA.

“We are encouraging people in regional communities to walk more - and joining a Heart Foundation Walking group is an easy, free and enjoyable way to do that.”

To locate a group in your area, visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au  click the “Find a Group Near You” button, and enter your post code. This will show you all nearby groups, along with information such as when and where a group meets. Or you can register as a Walk organiser and start a new group in your local area.

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest walking community, with more than 1200 groups and over 30,000 walkers across the country, including many that are pram-friendly and dog-friendly.

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Fundraise to save Australian hearts

Join the Heart Foundation community. Together, we can make a real difference for Australian hearts. ...

Help Keep families together this Christmas

Help Keep families together this Christmas

Help Keep families together this Christmas

Together, we can make heart disease history. Donate today to help fund ground-breaking heart research and keep families together this Christmas. ...

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Aboriginal heart health

Visit the St Vincents Hospital NSW and Heart Foundation Aboriginal heart health website for more information...

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

Are you at risk of heart disease?

There is no single cause for any one heart condition, but there are risk factors that increase your chance of developing one. ...

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Support us and help save Australian hearts

Join the fight against Australia’s biggest killer by supporting the Heart Foundation.  ...

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation Recovery Support and Resources

Heart Foundation programs and resources to support your recovery....

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Support and resources for health care professionals

Our range of clinical and patient support resources are available for you to use in your daily practice....

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines

Full list of clinical guidlines and references for CVD, heart failure, ACS, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, SCAD and RHD...

Heart Healthy Dinner Plan

Heart Healthy Dinner Plan

Heart Healthy Dinner Plan

Sign up now and discover delicious, easy to follow dinner recipes. Plus shopping lists, tips and other helpful information to make healthy eating easy. ...

Lipid management clinical information and resources

Lipid management clinical information and resources

Lipid management resources for health professionals...

Dinner recipes

Dinner recipes

Dinner recipes

Search our heart healthy dinner recipes for tonights main meal...

Find a cardiac rehabilitation service near you

Find a cardiac rehabilitation service near you

This cardiac services directory presents information on cardiac rehab programs offered across Australia....

Absolute CVD risk calculator

Absolute CVD risk calculator

The Absolute CVD risk calculator estimates the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years....

WEBINAR | The future of CVD risk assessment

WEBINAR | The future of CVD risk assessment

WEBINAR | The future of CVD risk assessment

Should population-based CVD risk assessment models make way for individualised risk prediction techniques?...

Workplace giving for employees

Workplace giving for employees

Workplace giving for employees

Your employer’s workplace giving program makes it easy to setup regular, tax-deductible donations from your pre-tax income. ...

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and management

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment and management

Absolute CVD risk assessment is an integrated approach that estimates the cumulative risk of multiple risk factors to predict a heart attack or stroke event in the next five years....

Risk factors for women

Risk factors for women

Risk factors for women

In Australia, 90% of women have one risk factor for heart disease, and 50% have two or more. ...

Health professional online learning

Health professional online learning

We offer a number of modules focused on improving cardiovascular care....

Order patient resources online

Order patient resources online

Search and order from our range of printed patient resources online. ...

Types of physical activity

Types of physical activity

Types of physical activity

Nine out of 10 Australians could reduce the risk of heart disease by walking as little as 15 minutes more each day....

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Italian recipes

Find heart healthy Italian recipes....

For professionals: Heart Health Checks

For professionals: Heart Health Checks

Heart Health Checks have been supported by Medicare since April 2019....

Lessons learned: recovering from open heart surgery

Lessons learned: recovering from open heart surgery

Lessons learned: recovering from open heart surgery

After having five open heart surgeries between the ages of 13 and 41, Peter knows a thing or two about recovery....

Why are you playing this game? It’s putting your heart at risk.

Why are you playing this game? It’s putting your heart at risk.

Why are you playing this game? It’s putting your heart at risk.

The game is “hide and seek”. You play it without even realising. The shock is that when you play this game, you could be placing your heart health at risk....

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

Maryanne was shocked to find she had a hidden heart problem

At first, it didn’t cross my mind it could be something serious. ...

Dairy and your heart health

Dairy and your heart health

Dairy and your heart health

Not all dairy products are equal. Discover different types of dairy foods and their impact on heart health....

Key Statistics: Risk factors for heart disease

Key Statistics: Risk factors for heart disease

Physical activity resources for patients and consumers

Physical activity resources for patients and consumers

Physical activity information for professionals...

CVD and COVID-19 Grant

CVD and COVID-19 Grant

Grants to support ground-breaking research focused on COVID-19 and its interaction with heart conditions....

What is a cardiac arrest?

What is a cardiac arrest?

What is a cardiac arrest?

With immediate help a cardiac arrest can be survived. Learn how to save a life....