Walking on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast has an abundance of beautiful parks and beaches just perfect for walking. Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat and boost muscle power and endurance. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
Walking for fun and fitness isn’t limited to strolling by yourself around local neighbourhood streets. There are various groups and programs you can use to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle.
Heart Foundation Walking
Joining a walking group is safe and enjoyable, and provides a great social atmosphere to develop new friendships and strengthen current relationships. Heart Foundation Walking makes being active easy, even for those not used to being active. Joining or starting a Heart Foundation walking group in your area or workplace is a great way to get active and meet people. Gold Coast City Council joined in partnership with Heart Foundation Walking and currently has a number of walking groups led by local residents who are volunteers. To find out more, and search for a walking group in your area, visit the Heart Foundation website.
Are you interested in starting a walking group in your area? Being a volunteer walk organiser is fun and easy - you only need one other walker to start a group. As a volunteer walk organiser you will receive walk organiser training, Heart Foundation Walking merchandise, and be acknowledge under the Walker Recognition Scheme including certificates, vouchers and insurance cover. To find out further information about how to start your own walk contact the Council's Active & Healthy Officer on 5581 5233 or email email@example.com.
10,000 Steps Program
It’s never too late to start being more physically active. People of all ages can improve their health and well-being by doing some regular activity. The benefits start as soon as you take that first step – remember, every step counts.
Walking is one of the most convenient, low cost and easiest forms of physical activity, suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
The 10,000 Steps Program aims to increase the day-to-day activity of Gold Coasters, by encouraging the frequency of physical activity. If you are not very active right now, that's OK. Start out slowly and gradually increase your activity over time.
Aim to do 10,000 steps a day. Moving more every day will help you improve your health, prevent disease and get the most out of life. To find out how many steps you do each day, you can use a pedometer (step counter). Pedometers are available through the Library Loan Scheme at all Gold Coast City Council Libraries.
Cycling on the Gold Coast
Cycling is enjoyed by people of all ages. Cycling allows you to escape – only you, your bike and your imagination limit where you can go. Cycling is also a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our parks. Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride with family or a downhill adrenalin rush, Gold Coast parks can cater to your needs.
Gold Coast City Council has incorporated on road and off road bikeways into the city’s town planning guidelines. More than 600 kilometres of bikeways now link neighbourhoods, schools, parks, and interconnect with major transit routes.
To find out more about the bikeways and cycling routes on the Gold Coast please visit Council's website.