Bush walking hasn’t really been mainstream for inner suburban women, so why now are more and more women taking up adventures and walking?
It’s a great way to stay fit, lose weight with relatively low impact exercise and allows social connection for like minded women. A few hours on the track gives plenty of time to establish new friendships which as we get older is important. Our sense of community is a great strength for our regular walkers, it’s very rewarding and gives you that sense of accomplishment when you get to the top of the mountain or you finish that technical section of trail. Then you can say “yeah me”
Walking and adventure touring means you get to go places that many people don’t, can’t or won’t. They are not great words, so we prefer to remain positive and head towards some of the best destinations which can only be reached on foot. There is definitely a euphoric feeling of walking out on the beach at Sealers Cove having made your own way there.
Being outside makes us feel free and relieves the pressures of everyday life. Some research has suggested that it can be one of the most effective antidepressants available.
Walking in a group like ours means the activity is safe, we guide you, support you and encourage you along the track. We provide healthy food and the sharing of recipes is a great bonus.
So the only thing left is to check out our calendar and plan which hike or adventure you would like to do 🙂
We evolved from living in the outdoors in social groups and have now formed isolated societies. As we get older our social groups get smaller, and this is particularly relevant for men.
Walking is not the best form of exercise to lose weight, but are we not forgetting other benefits of getting out in the fresh air and socialising with others. Building new friendships at any age, and sharing life experiences and bonding.
Depression affects 1 in every 3 Australians. As we spend more time indoors our perceived pressure and anxiety are on the increase.
Getting outdoors with friends or in a social group is just what the doctor should be ordering. The benefits of walking and exercising are well documented, but doing it in a group feeling connected.
There are few other exercises where you can talk connect and share a story or a laugh.
Teach your children to love the outdoors, as we steadily moving towards an isolated society that is highly educated but miserable with increased depression and anxiety.
Maybe we need to revisit what we want for our kids…
Make sure you plan and prepare
So plan your next adventure, find some friends that you can
spend time with.
If you’re not sure where to go or where to start, or just need to borrow some friends, then book into our next walk.
This weekend was all about firsts for me, my first long distance walk, my first overnight hike, my first time carrying all my camping gear to the destination, and was it all worth it, absolutely! I’m not sure what I expected from a weekend walking in Wilsons Promontory, but it far exceeded any expectations. It was not the easiest thing i’ve ever done, but my god it was worth it, just for the peaceful, picture perfect beaches! So after slipping and sliding my way through the muddy trails on the first day I was so happy to reach the beautiful beach at Sealers cove, even on a rainy day the spirit of the beach couldn’t be dampened. Of course, anyone who knows me, knows i’m a water baby, so I had to reward myself at the end of the first 16k’s by running into the ocean at Refuge cove, fortunately we were camping less than a minute from the beach. The best part about these beaches, you have to walk to get to them, so they usually completely empty. Day two is where the real struggle began as my calves burned on the hilly climbs, and sweated dripped from my forehead in the beautiful sun, but all this was outweighed by the white sand beaches and spectacular bush views. As my legs burned I could see the end was within sight and powered on, walkin in step with my fellow bushwalkers from Take Shape Adventures to climb the final hill. I have never felt so good after so much excercise! It may have been my first overnight hike, but it definitely won’t be my last, although I may not walk in my knitted runners and fleece lined ski pants next time! Here’s the video.