Metro Community Hub is excited to announce we have partnered with the Heart Foundation to become a part of the Heart Foundation Walking Program.
The walks are free and held at various times, depending on demand. The walking group is open to anyone, including parents and grandparents with prams; dogs on leashes are welcome as well.
The duration of the walk is up to 60 minutes, the speed will depend on the group. The group will meet in the courtyard at the front of the building, or in the foyer if its raining. There is a rear car park or 2 hour parking on the street.
Anyone wishing to participate must register with the Heart Foundation and register with Hub Healthy Hearts as your walking group.
Then on your first walk you must become a member of Metro Community Hub ($10 annual fee, documents attached), this ensures you are covered with MCH Insurance. Once you are a member of MCH you can also attend our other wellness activities which assist to support your independence.
To facilitate the groups we are looking for volunteers. The Heart Foundation provides full training and support. If you are interested in leading or assisting to lead a group, please ring the MCH Coordinator on 3391 8122 for more information.
You can also contact the Heart Foundation to find out more information about the training provided or any other aspect of the program on 1300 36 27 87.
If you do not live in this area, the Heart Foundation has groups in many different areas across Brisbane. Please click on the Heart Foundation link or telephone them on 1300 36 27 87.
Walking has so many benefits for older people. It can improve your health and wellbeing in many ways, and it can help you to live independently for longer.
· strengthen your muscles
· help keep your weight steady
· lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer and diabetes
· strengthen your bones, and prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis (regular walking could halve the number of people over 45 who fracture their hip)
· help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension
· improve your balance and coordination, and decrease your likelihood of falling
· keep your joints flexible
· increase your confidence and mood, and help you feel better all round
· improve your energy levels and increase your stamina
· reduce anxiety or depression
· improve your social life – walking is a great way to get out and meet people or socialise with your friends.
Being able to walk without help is one of the strongest indicators of whether someone can live independently. Older people who exercise regularly are more likely to walk without assistance and do things for themselves around the house.
Exercise doesn’t need to be strenuous to be beneficial for your health. In fact, the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines recommend older people aged over 65 do 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity each day.
You could choose to walk at a steady pace for longer periods, or in shorter, quicker bursts, or up and down hills or stairs. It all helps.