The Toogoom Trackers, led by Selma Rumpf, Kate Oliver and Silvana Metcalfe, participate in regular walks around Toogoom every Tuesday and Thursday.
The Toogoom Trackers, led by Selma Rumpf, Kate Oliver and Silvana Metcalfe, participate in regular walks around Toogoom every Tuesday and Thursday. Contributed

Hoof it with Toogoom Trackers or walkers in your area

THE Toogoom Trackers are living proof that walking for 30 minutes can help you maintain a healthy weight range, increase fitness and strength and reduce your risk of heart disease.

The walking group, led by resident Selma Rumpf, walk varying routes every Tuesday and Thursday and are reaping the benefits.

"We formed about six months ago and we have grown to around 10 members," she said.

"We vary the routes to make sure it's always a little bit different.

"And it's also very much a social experience where members get to catch up with their neighbours and friends from across the region.

"We're still chasing new members so the more the merrier."

Regular physical exercise is a proven way to:

  • reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • manage weight, blood pressure and blood cholesterol
  • prevent and control diabetes
  • reduce your risk of developing some cancers
  • maintain your bone density, reducing your risk of osteoporosis and fractures
  • improve balance and coordination, reducing risk of falls and other injuries

Councillor for community health Robert Garland said there were almost 20,000 registered Heart Foundation Walkers across the country.

"The local groups cater for all sorts of people and fitness levels," he said.

"We have groups in Gundiah, Maryborough, Tinana, Urangan, Howard, Point Vernon, Toogoom and a Mums and Bubs Class in Urangan.

"These groups are led by volunteer walk organisers from the various local areas and it's great to see so many springing up around the region.

"Everyone is welcome, including babies in prams and dogs.

"We encourage people to 'walk and talk', so it is very much a social outlet as well as an activity program."

For more details about how to join a walking group, visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/walking or to be come a walking organiser, phone local co-ordinator Gen Perry on 1300 794 929.

People who register, will receive an information pack and their choice of Heart Foundation merchandise - a pedometer, hat, water bottle or t-shirt.