During the month of October, Maroondah City Council is encouraging the community to get out and get active during the annual Walking to Fitness month.
Councillor Alex Makin said this initiative targets all Maroondah residents, providing a calendar of walks throughout the month that caters for a wide range of interests and capabilities.
“A range of different walks are on offer throughout the month, including pram walks, bush walks, historical walks, and all-abilities walks,” said Cr Makin.
“Walking is a safe, cheap and easy way to get exercise and a great way to get to know members of your local community as well as the Maroondah area,” said Cr Makin.
People who walk regularly tend to feel more confident, happy and relaxed. They also control their weight better, have stronger bones and greater flexibility, have lower blood pressure and reduce the risk factors for developing heart disease and diabetes.
Copies of the schedule of walks can be obtained from Council’s Service Centres or Ringwood and Croydon libraries.
The schedule of walks can also be found online at Council’s website www.maroondah.vic.gov.au
“If you’d like to explore Maroondah further on foot or by bicycle, then there are two booklets, produced by Council, that offer plenty of suggestions and advice,” said Cr Makin.
Maroondah’s Parks and Paths brochure has a large scale map detailing walking and cycling paths throughout the city, with information on parks and facilities along the way.
Maroondah’s Walks and Trails brochure has information on twelve specific walks and trails throughout the city, providing information on level of difficulty, access, distance and time, as well as facilities and detailed walking maps.
Both brochures are available from Council’s Service Centres or call Council on 1300 88 22 33 or visit www.maroondah.vic.gov.au.