Walking is one of the most rewarding and simple exercises a person can do. It’s free, doesn’t require special equipment (other than good shoes) and can be enjoyed almost anywhere!
Hopewood has always advocated walking because it can improve the performance of our hearts, lungs and circulation. It can also lower blood pressure which can in turn significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke. Walking is just a great way to enjoy the fresh air, stretch your legs and clear your head.
Finding lovely places to walk is also pretty easy in Australia. With abundant beaches, bushland and nature parks the opportunities are endless. Our cities also feature lovely botanic gardens.
One great example is the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra which is home to the largest collection of Australian native plants. This picturesque 35-hectare area is nestled around the base of Black Mountain. Interlaced with walking tracks, you can choose between a meander along the Rock Gardens, the Paperbark or the refreshing Rainforest Gully trails.
Botanic Gardens are great places for self-reflection or a relaxing picnic with friends or family. You can join a walking club for free or just find your way in your own time.