New walking groups for fitness

Getting our city on its feet. Photo: Supplied.

Two new walking groups are starting this month as part of Sport Bay of Plenty’s City on its Feet initiative, creating more opportunities within the community for people to get active more often.

City on its Feet, supported by Tauranga City Council, features more than 25 free walking groups across the city and surrounds, including Papamoa East, Omanawa (lower Kaimais), Pyes Pa, Bethlehem and more. These are organised and supported by a group of volunteer group captains, who help keep participants motivated.

Two new groups are being added this month in Te Puke and Mount Maunganui following a trial last October for Sport Bay of Plenty’s Outdoors & Active calendar of events and activities.

Sport Bay of Plenty’s recreation and health teams are currently leading these groups, however they are looking for group captains to lead the groups long-term.

Recreation advisor Michelle Barns says no matter your age or ability, walking groups are of huge benefit, and with our lives becoming increasingly sedentary, there’s no easier (or cheaper) way to keep moving on a regular basis.

“It’s not just about the physical aspect – participants really enjoy the social environment of the groups; being able to meet up each week and chat as they walk. Many people have made new, long-lasting friendships, as well as improved their physical and mental well-being.

“There are so many beautiful places to walk around the city, and while we have many areas covered we’re always looking to add more groups. If anyone wants to set up a group in a new location or at a new time, they’re welcome and we’d love to hear from them.”

Te Puke walking group runs on Wednesdays at 9am (meet at the Boucher Avenue entrance to the Countdown carpark), while Mount Maunganui Tuesday Walkers operates on Tuesdays at 9.30am (meet on the paved area in front of Mount Surf Life Saving Club).

For more information about City on its Feet, as well as a full timetable of walking groups, visit: www.sportbop.co.nz/get-active/city-on-its-feet/

If you or someone you know would like to become a group captain for the Te Puke or Mount Maunganui walking groups contact Michelle, email: michelleb@sportbop.co.nz or phone 027 441 2164.