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Walking and Bushwalking

 three girls walking

Walking is the easiest, cheapest and safest way to exercise.  All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, comfy clothes and good company – or maybe an iPod filled with great tunes!

Walking is an excellent way to get from A to B. It’s a cheap and healthy form of ‘active transport’ that you can use to get to school, to sport or to a friend’s place. Walking helps keep you keep fit and it’s also good for the environment.

In primary school, you can participate in special initiatives such as the National Walk to Safely to School Day which encourages school kids to ditch the car and walk to school.  Lots of parents and students also organise a ‘walking bus’, which picks up neighbouring kids on the walk to school.

More info: National Walk Safely to School Day - Pedestrian Council of Australia website (opens new window)

Bushwalking

Why not get your family together and go for a bushwalk this weekend!  There are lots of different walking tracks to help you explore the parks and reserves of NSW. You can discover all sorts of different environments, from eucalypt forests to rainforests, as well as Aboriginal or historic sites, scenic lookouts, swimming holes, waterfalls, whales, wildflowers and loads more.

To find bushwalks in your area and explore your natural world see: Find Walking Tracks - NSW Government, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water website (opens new window)

Race Walking

Race walking is a highly competitive Olympic event.  If you enjoy walking really fast and want to get involved, contact your local little athletics club. See: Little Athletics Association of NSW website (opens new window)

Power Walking

Power walking is where you’re walking as fast as you can without breaking into a jog.  It is a great way to keep fit and something you can enjoy for the rest of your life.

Some tips to get you walking include:

  • Take the dog for a walk – it’s good for you and your canine mate will love you for it!
  • Walk with a friend and take turns planning the length and route of the walk– it’s also a great way to catch up on all the news.  Always make sure you tell your parents first.
  • Take your family for a walk – plan a family outing and discover how much there is to see when you travel at walking pace.
  • Discover nature on a family bushwalk or walk around the city and visit special places.
  • Look on the internet for self-guided nature walks. They’re available in many parks and you can learn about plants and animals while you boost your health.. Walking field trips are always fun for the family.
  • Ask for a pedometer as a birthday present so you can keep track of how far you walk.  There are lots of websites that help you map your walk distances and how much energy you’ve used. Start logging your walking program. See: Gmaps Pedometer - follow the 'Usage Instructions' link to get started (opens new window)

Some walking tips include:

  • Start slowly and, once you’ve warmed up, step out into a full stride.
  • Always let someone know where you are walking. Never walk in isolated places and, if you can, take a friend or family member with you and enjoy the company.
  • Drink water before and after you walk.  Take a water bottle with you if it’s hot or you’re going for a long walk.
  • Wear suitable clothing and comfortable, supportive shoes.