How to get involved in “mall walking” near you

If you want to start walking and being active, sure, you could do it by yourself, but wouldn’t it be

If you want to start walking and being active, sure, you could do it by yourself, but wouldn’t it be better if you could do it in a safe location and make friends?

Mall walking is an activity that is not really very new, readily organised by The Heart Foundation and supported by major shopping brands like Westfield and Stockland, and sees people walk or jog through the long corridors of shopping centres. It’s an ideal location as they are open early in the morning, have secure premises complete with cameras for safety.

Stores are often not open when the mall walking groups go out, so you can feel comfortable in your daggies, without makeup.  And as an added benefit it is air conditioned, a much more comfortable way to walk in the hot weather.The Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest FREE walking network, and they have a program in shopping centres across the country.There are numerous benefits of mall walking:

– Increases your enjoyment of walking and keeping active

– Helps you stay motivated

– Keeps you committed to your fitness goal

– Is a safe way to exercise

– It can be done rain, hail or shine

– Security: shopping centre security and surveillance video helps ensure you won’t become a victim of a crime

– Medical response – If you have an accident or medical emergency, you will be seen by other walkers and centre staff and get medical assistance

– Restrooms and water access

– Cafes – before or after your walk, you can catch up with your fellow walkers

Check for mall walking near you:

Go to the Heart Health website. Simply enter your postcode and select ‘shopping centre’ in the ‘all types’ box.

  1. it provides a safe place for a lot of seniors to walk and the groups get together after and have coffee

  2. I do and it’s great fun and you make new friends too. Look under Heart Foundation in Victoria.

  3. If I were to walk around our little mall it would take one minute. It’s only about 40 metres long. LOL

  4. Christine Meehan I’m with you the beach near my house is a whole lot nicer than a shopping mall! Even when I didn’t live near the beach I enjoyed walkkng around my neighbourhood checking out peoples gsrdens etc.

  5. I am part of the Calamvale Central walking group which is through the heart foundation and we walk every week day. Best thing I ever did, great company, all look out for each other and very social. We have over 40 members.

  6. Nina Maloney  

    I already walk at a brisk pace when doing what I call ‘mall mooching’, at my local large Westfield.
    From one end to other & in between, I’d get a few klms done each time.
    I know I feel really ‘bright eyed & bushy tailed’ at the end of a day’s time there.
    It makes a cuppucino very welcome!

    At night I ‘sleep like a log’…….the walk’s done its’ job!

  7. This is so funny to see. I lived in an over 50s village recently and ask if there were any walking groups happening. I was told “:We used to walk around the shopping but we stopped because they had too much trouble getting their WALKERS accross the street” No I didn’t start a group up.

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