340_couplewalkingBeing physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.

The Heart Foundation and other leading authorities recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on all or most days of the week. This can be accumulated in bouts of ten minutes or more if this is more convenient.  

At any age physical activity provides a range of health benefits. And the good news is activity doesn’t have to be vigorous – moderate activity, such as brisk walking, is great for your health!

The Heart Foundation has open and private walking groups throughout Australia.

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups, led by volunteer Walk Organisers. Heart Foundation Walking makes being active easy, even for those not used to being active.

Joining or starting a Heart Foundation Walking group in your area or workplace is a great way to get active and meet people. Every walking group is different – they vary in the number of members, and levels of difficulty and meet at a variety of times and days of the week. Everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace.

Walking is an easy way to keep active, but walking in a group has extra benefits.  It’s a great way to meet new friends and keep motivated.  Knowing there are people waiting for you can provide the extra motivation to get out the door.

To encourage you and your group to walk regularly, you will receive rewards for ongoing participation through our optional Walker Recognition Scheme. As milestones are reached, you will receive certificates and other incentives to keep you on track.

To find an open walking group in your area, click here to find your local group.