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We’re constantly bombarded with shows that tell us about the next fad diets or the newest superfood to try so we can feel great and look fantastic, but a team of scientists have found a much easier way to improve your overall health: join a walking group.

Researchers have found that walking with a group is one of the best and easiest ways to boost your overall health without side effects. The best part is that sticking with a walking group routine is easier than, say, a gym or a sporadic yoga or pilates class.

After analysing 42 studies (of over 2000 people) on the physical and mental health consequences of joining an outdoor walking group, it was found that the hugely diverse focus groups (from 14 different countries with a wide range of long term conditions, including arthritis, dementia, diabetes, fibromyalgia, obesity/overweight, mental health issues, and Parkinson’s disease) had wide-ranging positive results – people were more physically active. But is it really that simple? Yes.

Members of walking groups saw a significant fall in average blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat, weight, and total cholesterol. And, there was also an increase in general fitness and happiness.

40 per cent of Australians do not exercise at all, so it makes one wonder what could happen to our obesity and heart disease statistics if everyone joined a walking group.

According to the doctors who analysed the studies, “Walking groups are effective and safe with good adherence and wide ranging health benefits…They could be a promising intervention as an adjunct to other healthcare, or as a proactive health-promoting activity”.


Tell us, do you walk every day? Are you a part of a walking group? How will this research change your mind? 

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  1. I agree, good health is often side benefit of a group fitness session. A lot of the focus will be on the social aspect, you get fit without realising it.
    I cycle a lot in groups and with mates, it’s a great motivator.

  2. I walk everday with a girlfriend. Has greatly helped my cholesterol levels and it is a great time to talk.

  3. My husband used to take his two bitches for a walk every morning. Now there’s just one; me.

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    • Thank you Richard . It is 2 months today since we had to have our dear old doggy put down. Neither of us are over that yet. Remembering her helps. We haven’t walked since…

    • You should walk and chat about the good times you had with your dog, you don’t get over losing a dog you just learn to live with the memories.

  4. I joined a walking group ran by Life Activities Club where I live. We all meet at a location and walk for one hour along the beach and end up at a coffee shop. I get to meet and speak to many locals in the area. 😀

  5. I have been walking 5 days a week with my sister-in-law for 12 yrs and we talk non stop ..LOL.. you would think we would have said it all by now .. enjoy the walk and the chat and keeps us fit … 🙂

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  6. Walk every day with my husband and kelpie dog. Go after our morning cuppa and always before breakfast. Can’t walk after a meal up those hills otherwise.

  7. Just eat sense able i have lost quite a bit 8k

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    • Eating sensibly is a great start, Christine, but walking with a group (1-100 or more) gives so many more benefits, to your heart, lungs, muscles, bone density, and so very importantly, your mental and emotional well-being!

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