Over 50s Walking Groups

over 50s walking groups

As people begin to age, they start facing a variety of novel difficulties, and so it often helps to get proactive to prevent from getting overwhelmed by these challenges.

Two of the biggest challenges faced by those who reach their 50s are loneliness and a deterioration of the body, and one of the best ways to tackle these problems is to join one of the many over 50s walking groups that allow you to exercise and interact with others at the same time.

If you can’t decide whether these walking groups are for you or not, take a look at some of the benefits of signing up.

The Gym Isn’t the Only Place to Get Fit

Most people assume that walking is simply for reaching one place or another, but in reality, it is actually a great way to get fit. You don’t need to run a marathon or join a basketball team to get a cardio workout – according to the experts, a 35 minute walk on a daily basis will actually meet your exercise needs.

As you get older, physical fitness becomes a requirement for mobility, and ultimately, for independence, so it becomes more and more important to stay on top of your game as you age.

In a recent study, it was shown that individuals who exercised regularly lost around 13% of their aerobic power over the course of 23 years, while those who didn’t lose almost 50% of theirs.

Cost Effective

Another great benefit of over fifties walking groups is that they often cost nothing at all, so it is something that just about anyone can enjoy.

Gyms and other fitness-based classes can quickly get expensive, and cost is one of the main reasons why people put off joining. Walking groups, on the other hand, require that a over fifties walking groupshandful of people meet at the same time, at the same place on a specific day of the week and simply go for a walk.

Companionship

One of the most appealing things about over fifties walking groups is that this is a group activity, and because it doesn’t require a whole lot of physical exertion, it is also a great opportunity for people to socialise with others.

In some instances, a weekly walking group might be one of the few times a person gets out and meets with others their own age, particularly if they have chosen to retire, or if they have other demands that they need to meet at home. For those who are still very active in their careers, it allows them some much needed down time.

Exercise aids in strengthening just about every part of the body, including the organs, joints, the brain and even helps to improve emotional responses, making it one of the most important investments that you will ever make in yourself.

Ultimately, over 50s walking groups are one of the many ways you can ensure you are providing your body with what it needs to function at the best of its ability.

11 comments

  • Diane Lane

    I’m personally not much of a joiner, and enjoy my solitude when I walk, but I do think if someone enjoys socializing, and doesn’t have friends nearby, or doesn’t have friends who enjoy the same types of activities, this could be a good fit. Being outdoors definitely has a positive impact on our mental and physical health, and can help ward off depression.

    • CrowdedHighways

      I agree with you on all of your points! I also enjoy walking in solitude, but I recognize the social benefits of walking with a group of friends, and the health benefits of walking as such. I also think that, if you decide to meet, say, every day with your friends and go for a walk it is a good way to get yourself motivated to do that required amount of physical activity.

  • EL9phant

    Hi,
    Would love to join a weekend walking group in Victoria. Do you do day walks on Saturdays or Sundays to start, then maybe weekend trips once I’m a bit fitter and discover some fellow feelings to enjoy nature together?
    Look forward to a reply with possible dates and destinations, dog friendly walks too.
    Happy New Walks 2016.
    El.

  • RetJo

    Walking with a group is great for extroverts. I’m an introvert, so I walk alone or with my spouse. It’s great exercise and I get my most creative ideas while I am walking, particularly when I am walking out in the woods or fields.

    If you choose to walk in a group, try it out before committing. The people may be too chatty, or divided up into cliques already. Group walking will be pleasant if the group dynamic is right for you.

  • Patriciaxyz

    I am not a total extrovert but I have occasionally enjoyed walking with a group from the local U3A (University of the Third Age) which you may or may not know is a British organisation for retired and semi-retired people. I like to walk in a group for the company and for safety. There are also opportunities run by the local borough council to take part in “Walks for Health”. I think walking in a group with a group leader is a great way of getting exercise.

  • Kate

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea this is! I’ve never heard of this kind of group, so that tells me that it’s not available in my area, sadly. I’d love to be part of something like this.

    All is not lost, though… I’m thinking that I could start a group in the area. Is there anything in particular I would need to keep in mind, or is it a simple matter of just running an ad with a meeting place for the first walk and hope that people show up?

    Another question… there would be no liability issues for the people or person starting the group, right? Like if someone gets hurt on a walk you scheduled and took care of the details for? I’m asking because I know that for many other kinds of groups, that is indeed a consideration that needs to be dealt with.

    I assume these same groups would do something like mall walking when the weather doesn’t cooperate? (Like right now where we just had a major blizzard and outside walking is just not possible.)

  • journey

    I am not sure if I can join a walking group when I reach 50 which is just 4 years away. I’ve noticed that as I age, I tend to seek old and familiar company. I still make friends but not as close as what I had before in my Uni years. I believe I am more like my mom who enjoys being with old friends way back in college, such that they still meet up for reunions now that they are in their 70’s. But since they live far apart, it is not a problem with her to walk by her lonesome. She walks in the park or in malls on her own for hours!

  • Andie Nuckels

    I would love to have the opportunity to join a walking group. While there are times that I enjoy my solitude which include walking my dog, it would be nice to have a group to socialize with and get healthy too. I have joined our local fitness club since retiring a few months ago and enjoy working out there, but would really like to do some walking outdoors. If there is anybody out there in the Auburn, CA area, please let me know!

  • Deeishere111

    I have seen walking groups at the YMCA. I am not really a walker unless it’s on a treadmill. I do like how joining a walking group helps in socialization. I’m in my fifties, but I still love working out with exercise videos. I try to be really careful because I realize I am not as young as I use to be. I love the thrill of a challenge and doing high impact workouts.

  • Aileen

    Interested in walking groups for over 50

    • Michael Mcfall

      Aileen, I would be interested in joining a club. I am a very good walker. Walking is no problem to me. I need to get out and meet people. But what do I wear, and where do you meet and any other details could you send me.

      Yours truly,
      Michael Mcfall

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