Hamilton Heart Helpers: Join this Free Walking Group for a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle

Did you know that 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%? Hamilton Heart Helpers is a FREE walking group that promises a socially engaging experience to help people navigate their fitness journeys together.

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Spearheaded by volunteer Walk Organiser Natasha, this group is rapidly gaining popularity as locals recognise the combined benefits of physical activity and community engagement.

Hercules Street Park (Photo credit: Jonelle Alvarez Reynolds/Google Maps)

Every Sunday at 8:00 a.m., members of the Hamilton Heart Helpers gather in the picturesque surroundings of Hercules Street Park on Remora Road. The meeting point not only provides a scenic backdrop for the walks but also ensures convenience for participants with its ample parking space. 

Photo credit: Paz Avalos/Google Maps

The walks, lasting between 30 to 45 minutes, are deliberately designed to be slow-paced, accommodating individuals of varying fitness levels. The inclusive nature of the group extends to pets and parents with strollers, making it an ideal outing for families as well.

Photo Credit: Heart Foundation – Walking

The Heart Foundation advises that “all adults aged 18-64 years should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.”

If you’re walking five days a week, that’s 30 minutes per day to be considered ‘moderate.’ The exertion will require some effort but you should still be able to comfortable hold a conversation while doing it.

“When it comes to walking for heart health, some is better than none (and more is even better). If you’re not physically active, start by doing 10 minutes of brisk walking, and gradually build up to the recommended amount. Visit your GP or health professional for advice on how to safely build up your movement.”

Heart Foundation

You could break up the times as necessary but once you’ve already “found your 30,”consider upping the frequency or the duration gradually.

“Walking with guidance or supervision is an important part of cardiac rehabilitation programs, and for people diagnosed with heart disease or recovering from a heart attack. But it’s important to speak with your GP to learn how to safely build up your activity.”

Heart Foundation

Beyond the physical benefits of walking, the Hamilton Heart Helpers walks also offer a unique opportunity for participants to engage with their neighbours and foster meaningful connections. By sharing experiences, stories, and laughter, members develop a support network that transcends the boundaries of the walking group. 

To get involved with the Hamilton Heart Helpers, all you need to do is show up at Hercules Street Park on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. Whether you are a seasoned walker or someone taking their first steps towards a healthier lifestyle, this inclusive group will provide the support and encouragement needed to make walking a regular part of your routine. 

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For those interested, Natasha can be reached via email at n7487304@qut.edu.au for any queries or additional information. You may also visit the Heart Foundation’s website to learn about other walking groups in your area.

Published 9-July-2023