Now spring is here, there’s never been a better time to head into the countryside and embrace the great outdoors. Walking especially, has been proven to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
Each month, the Regent Ramblers get together to enjoy a FREE 3-5 mile walk around picturesque places such as Tilgate Park, Reigate Hill, The Worth Way and in the summer, visit beaches too.
The walking group was created by Regent House Community Centre and aims to maintain the health of residents aged fifty and over.
“The group was formed to maintain our older people’s health and wellbeing, keep them fit and active, to help them socialise and enjoy their outdoor surroundings,” Centre Manager, Kim
Joselyn explains. “Walking is free with our qualified staff and the easiest form of general exercise.”
Leaving from Regent House, on either a Monday or Thursday morning, up to ten keen walkers can take part. A donation is required for the minibus transport to and from the countryside stroll.
“Walkers need to complete an application form at the centre, to get involved. They need to be fit and healthy and ensure they have correct clothing and footwear,” Kim continues. “They must book in advance as we have limited space on the minibus.”
“Ramblers like to find out what’s around in the countryside, most people have beautiful open spaces near them but didn’t know they existed. Meeting new people, the feeling of freedom and just being in the fresh air, gives people confidence they thought they had lost.”
Regular walkers also agreed, telling us: “I enjoyed my first walk with Regent Ramblers. I met lots of nice people with similar interests, it made me sleep well and wasn’t as hard as I expected, I could walk at my own pace.”
While another has noticed how walking has helped to reduce their worries: “The fresh air and companionship was wonderful that’s why I keep coming back,” they said. “I walk for enjoyment since joining the Regent Ramblers, not just around the town and supermarket. My worries are literally walked away!”
Would you like to join?
Pop into the Regent House Community Centre on Albert Road, or call: 01293 774770 to pick up your application form.
Walking makes you happy!
Studies have shown that a brisk walk can be just as effective as taking antidepressants for mild to moderate depression sufferers.
Walking aids weight loss!
By walking at 2mph for 30 minutes, you’ll burn up to 75 calories
Walking prevents dementia!
Older people who walk over six miles a week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve their memories over the years
Walking strengthens your heart!
By walking regularly, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. The Stroke Association reports that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent [/box]