OPINION: Great benefits on the Geraldton foreshore walk

Peter FiorenzaGeraldton Guardian
Experts say walking is one of the best forms of exercise.
Camera IconExperts say walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Credit: Getty Images

You might remember I embarked on a walking regime late last year.

Well, I’m happy to say nearly five months later, I’m still at it.

My exercise routine has been achievable while not altering, yet enhancing, my lifestyle.

Yes, I think one of the main reasons I have been able to stay on track is because my routine has been so enjoyable.

My walking schedule is made up of three days across seven, and is centred on our beautiful Geraldton foreshore, and started at an acceptable pace that has steadily increased.

At this stage, I try to change it up each session.

For instance, session one might include walking south from the new children’s playground, and around the housing estate, past the museum, and across the front of the city through to the end of the esplanade and back.

Often, the walk with a friend makes the 3km stretch a refreshing stroll.

Session two is a bit different.

I usually head north along the Beresford foreshore, stopping at St Georges Beach, and returning along the much shorter stretch but at a much brisker pace on my own.

The third stage has often been a repeat of the shorter route.

What has kept me going?

It is probably a combination of things. Firstly, it doesn’t have a great impact on my lifestyle.

Another plus is that the experience is enjoyable.

Our city has such a picturesque foreshore and, coupled with good company and a chat, what more could you ask for?

And you know what? I’m feeling bloody great, but this should not be a surprise.

According to Dr Matt Tanneberg, an American conditioning specialist, walking is one of the best forms of exercise because, while not as effective as running, it may be a better exercise choice.

“Walking is lower-impact, and can be done for longer periods of time,” he said.

“In fact, walking is the suggested workout over running (especially) for those with knee, ankle and back problems,” he said.

Add to this the fact that a walking routine can help improve circulation and endurance, and can alleviate depression and fatigue, an d it is really an exercise all-rounder.

My walking regime, despite the limited intrusion it is having on my lifestyle, is having maximum impact.

Improvements in appetite, skin condition, sleep and my overall mood are truly noticeable.

Just an hour and a half out of my day, three times a week, is indeed paying good dividends.

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