Retiree still walking tall
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.heartfoundation.org.au/walking/findwalk/.
John Majewski and Jill Goetze want more over 55s to join them in their bid to be healthy mentally and physically.