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Rosebud walkers set a cracking pace

Rain, hail or shine – there’s nothing stopping the Rosebud Plaza Walkers.

Every Thursday morning the group walk laps of the Rosebud Plaza Shopping Centre. It’s only window shopping for the participants who are up early and finished by the time the centre opens for trade.

“The free indoor walking program is jointly run by Peninsula Health, the Mornington Peninsula Shire and Rosebud Plaza and provides the benefits of regular exercise in a safe and secure environment,” said Karen Bull, Manager, Ageing Well, Peninsula Health.

“It is based on the successful Karingal Centre Walking Group which attracts up to 120 walkers each session.”

“The program is very popular with older people who do not like walking outside due to changing weather, risk of falling and security reasons. By holding the walk indoors, they can overcome these barriers,” added Karen.

For Rosebud resident, Enid Miller, the weekly walks have improved her fitness and health and introduced her to a new group of friends.

“The plaza walks are a great way to meet new people and you can walk at any time of the year,” said Enid, who is a volunteer with the Rosebud Hospital Pink Lady Group.

Walk leader, Marjorie Broomhall said the walks are great for people who don’t have the confidence to exercise by themselves.

“At every walk session there is a trained walk leader and several assistants to help and encourage participants.”

“We have several participants that use walking sticks and have chronic illnesses so the walks are catered to suit all abilities – some might walk 3km in the hour, some a little less. After the walk the participants take part in gentle stretching and tai chi exercises to cool down.”

“As we have discovered it is the safe environment and friendships that the participants make with each other that keep them coming back each week,” added Marjorie.

“Its great to the walkers improving their fitness, particularly those with walking sticks,” said Rosemary Shannon, one of the assistant volunteers. “They exercise from head to toe.”

“It’s one of the best things to happen on the Mornington Peninsula,” she added.

The Rosebud Plaza Walks take place every Thursday morning from 7.45-8.45am. For people interested and further information, contact the Rosebud Plaza on 5950 2400 or Ageing Well, Peninsula Health on 9788 1289.