Re­tiree still walk­ing tall

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

CLARE­MONT res­i­dent John Ma­jew­ski says a busy mod­ern life­style makes it hard to meet peo­ple on his street.

The re­tiree said he joined weekly walk­ing group the Clare­mont Cruis­ers a month ago to main­tain his fit­ness and meet new peo­ple.

“It’s a chance to meet peo­ple in the area and make new friends,” Mr Ma­jew­ski said.

“If you ex­er­cise alone it is easy to come up with ex­cuses to stay in bed, but when you are part of a group there is that in­cen­tive to get up and go.”

Mr Ma­jew­ski said he was not much of a walker un­til a neigh­bour sug­gested walk­ing the dis­tance from Perth to Man­durah in Au­gust. Af­ter fundrais­ing for a couple of months, Mr Ma­jewksi said he was “pleas­antly sur­prised” to raise al­most $4000 for mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

“I thought ‘well I’m walk­ing to Man­durah, I may as well get some­thing pos­i­tive out of it’,” he said.

Mr Ma­jew­ski said the Thurs­day 30-minute walks at Clare­mont Park Golf Course were “pretty in­for­mal”.

“Peo­ple are fit­ness con­scious th­ese days – I wanted to keep a level of fit­ness through walk­ing over the sum­mer so I thought join­ing a walk­ing group was the way,” he said.

“Fi­nally, I am hop­ing to find a friend to do a leisurely two-hour walk once a week and some more walk­ers to do a long walk next year – al­though prob­a­bly 50km rather than 68km.”

The over-55 walk­ing group started in 2014 as a Town of Clare­mont ini­tia­tive for Se­niors Week.

Par­tic­i­pants now reg­is­ter to join their lo­cal walk­ing groups through the Heart Foun­da­tion web­site.

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said it was a great op­por­tu­nity for se­niors to get in­volved and try some­thing new.

“The range of events on of­fer means there is some­thing for ev­ery­one to enjoy,” Mr Barker said.

For Se­niors Week, the Town of Clare­mont hosted bead­ing work­shops, a golf day, in­ter­ac­tive yoga classes, a twi­light river cruise, an in­ter­gen­er­a­tional pic­nic, story time with grand­chil­dren and a chap­ter of the Clare­mont Cruis­ers walk­ing group.

To find a walk­ing group near you, visit http://walk­ing.heart­foun­da­­ing/find­walk/.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d445542

John Ma­jew­ski and Jill Goetze want more over 55s to join them in their bid to be healthy mentally and phys­i­cally.

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