Bedwyn Health Walks
Whatever your ability, there is something for you to enjoy. From Parkrun to the more sedate Bedwyn Health Walks.
Walking has been proved to be the safest activity to help improve the health of older people or those with long-term health conditions, and has the added benefit of being a social activity in the fresh air which can also enhance mood and reduce isolation and feelings of loneliness. Promoting good health is as important as supporting you during times of ill health and so we at The Old School Surgery are excited to be part of the Bedwyn Health Walks Project. The village hall have developed the project in consultation with us at the surgery to promote weekly health walks with the use of Nordic Walking Activator poles. The walks may appeal to any members of our community 18 and over who are living with long-term health conditions that affect mobility, those recovering from injury, or who have had an operation or treatment. You may want to become involved simply because you want to improve your physical fitness and wellbeing, especially if you have found yourself slowing down due to the passing of time. Or just because you would like some company. You do not have to be registered at The Old School Surgery or live in Great Bedwyn to get involved.
These free, friendly and guided walks are on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am and set off from the village hall car park. You will be able to explore Great Bedwyn and some of the surrounding countryside for about 45 minutes at a pace suited to you. The pace will be gentle and matched to you by the trained volunteer walk guides. Activator poles, which help provide stability, improve balance and posture, reduce impact on leg joints and promote upper body fitness, will be available for you to use. After your walk you can stay to enjoy a cuppa and a chat.
"Absolutely wonderful" were the words used to describe the walks by one our older residents.
Jude Buckell is the project co-ordinator and she is available to have a chat about the walks, how you can join in and how to book on 07444 642309 or Bedwynhealthwalks@gmail.com. Jude is also looking for volunteer walk guides/leaders. If you wish to volunteer please contact Jude on the above telephone number or email. I would love to volunteer, but I'm not allowed to because I have to work!
Be well, best wishes,
Dr Angela Paddon
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