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New walking groups launched to help get community moving

Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Sport Bay of Plenty is launching two new walking groups to help more people get active this summer.

The free walking groups – based in Mount Maunganui and Te Puke – are open to all ages and abilities, and are designed for those who are looking for an easy, gentle and social way to increase their activity levels and overall fitness.

Sport Bay of Plenty Recreation Advisor (Western Bay of Plenty) Michelle Barns says the groups will become part of the organisation’s City on its Feet initiative and will continue once a week long-term for the benefit of the wider community.

“Walking is a great exercise to get people moving and is something that can be built upon as you get stronger and fitter. Plus, walking as part of a group helps keep you motivated while also being social – it’s a win-win!

“We don’t currently have City on its Feet walking groups meeting in either of these areas and, with the weather getting warmer and summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get started and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.”

The Mount Maunganui walking group is held every Tuesday, 9.30am, with walkers meeting on the paved area in front of the Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club.

The Te Puke group will commence on Wednesday, November 15, and take place each Wednesday, 9.30am, from the Countdown car park.

Walk routes may vary from week to week, however the intensity is consistently low to medium and all walks will be 45-60 minutes long.

If you would like to join or wish to know more, please contact Michelle on michelleb@sportbop.co.nz or 027 441 2164

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