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Whether you decide to be supported by a health coach or not at this stage, you will find plenty of suggestions in the links below to help you. A good way to start building up your levels of activity is to join a walking group and you will find there are plenty in Dorset to support all levels of fitness.
We all know how important it is to lead a healthy and active life. Being active can help prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke and type 2 diabetes. But what sort of activity is right for you or your family? Fill in this questionnaire and we can show you. It only takes 5 minutes!
If you have difficulty standing or walking, it needn't mean exercise is out of the question. Professor Patrick Doherty, cardiac rehabilitation specialist at York St John University, offers some chair-based exercises you can try at home.
Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks with over 400 active schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. We’ve done this with great success for over 14 years, improving the mental and physical well-being of thousands of people.
We are a friendly group of walkers who meet every 2 weeks for a walk of 5 to 6 miles
Living Well Walks are part of a Dorset county initiative, Living Well Active led by Macmillans, Sport England and Active Dorset to help people living with cancer to improve their potential for health, fitness and well-being.
Scenic Sunday rambles of 8-10 miles throughout the year in the beautiful countryside and on the coast. Convenient coach transport to and from these walks, and at the lunchtime stop.
Wednesday walks of 4-8 miles throughout the year,usually accessible with public transport. Occasional fun social events and coach outings (such as to the London theatre or on river trips etc). An annual holiday to different locations in the UK with coach transport and accommodation. Lovely walks are arranged for those wishing to take part. All ages are welcome.This is a great opportunity to make lasting friendships while getting exercise and fresh air.
Gentle walks around the town centre with a friendly group. The walks are for 30 minutues with a shorter walk of less than 30 minutues on the 1st Tuesday of every month.
We offer a wide range of walks: from 3 miles on Wednesdays with our friendly Harmony Hikers, and also walks of 3 - 4 miles on Thursdays. In addition we offer walks of 5 - 7 miles on Saturdays and 7 -10 miles on Sundays.
Our walks cover an area including the Purbecks in the West, and also to the West of Dorchester and inland to to the New Forest in the East.
Originally formed in 2008 Christchurch Strollers now come under Christchurch and East Dorset Health walk scheme and provides a weekly health walk for residents of Christchurch. These walks take walkers through some of the most beautiful seascapes and showcase the rich heritage of this Saxon town.
We encourage walking on a regular basis in a very sociable atmosphere. Our regular walk days are Monday mornings starting at 10.30 am and Tuesday afternoons starting at 2.15 pmwith occasional special walks on a Thursday or Sunday afternoons. The regular walks all start in Dorchester and with careful planning can be reached by public transport.
On almost every Sunday of the year, we organise a group walk somewhere in Dorset. Distances vary between 4 and 12 miles,see the walks page for details of our current programme. A lunch stop at a pub is normally included.
Dorset Young Walkers are a friendly outdoor activities and social group in our 20s to 30s, established in 2003 and part of The Ramblers Association.
A great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and meet new people. The Health Walks are led by volunteer Health Walk leaders throughout East Dorset. They run every week to help you establish a routine, are ideal for beginners and there is no need to book, just turn up!
Most of the members of the East Dorset Group of the Ramblers live in the towns of Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch or the areas administered by East Dorset and Purbeck Councils.
We put on several walks a week of various lengths between 5 and 20 miles in addition to our annual treks over a long weekend. We do what we can to maintain the footpaths used by all walkers and keep an eye on local plans to divert or close footpaths or open new ones.
Footloose 303 is a friendly walking group based in the South Somerset / Taunton area. We walk every weekend, have evening walks in the summer and we have a social dimension as well. Walks are varied and are 8 miles plus. Our age range is mainly 40s and 50s and we are primarily aimed at those who do not have partners to walk with.
The Dorset group organises walks throughout the year, usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The typical length is 6 to 9 miles. Our group consists mainly of men in the 30 to 70 range. We do occasionally have women on our walks and they are always made welcome.
Walking is free, fun and a great form of physical activity. The Three Rivers Partnership has a Health Walks Group known as Gillingham Walkers. There are lots of benefits of walking as a group including meeting new people, having a good chat, discovering new areas of the town and above all having fun together.
The Dorset Group of the LDWA was founded in 1993. The group organises regular social walks and two challenge walks each year, one being the Dorset Doddle, a 32 mile walk along the coastal path from Weymouth to Swanage. In 2016, the challenge events will be the Dorset 100 and the Dorset Doddle.
Get to discover the beautiful surrounding countryside and make new friends - and boost your fitness!
All are welcome on two types of walks which are circular and end with an optional pub lunch. 5–6 mile walks along country footpaths on last Wednesday or Thursday of each Month, or, 2–3 mile shorter walks along footpaths on ½ second Wednesday in each Month
The North Dorset Group of Ramblers aims to provide two walks each week, generally a shorter walk of between 6 and 8 miles midweek - usually on Wednesdays, but occasionally Thursdays - and a longer one of between 9 and 14 miles on Sundays.
A number of different walks are on offer across the Borough of Poole. Currently walks of up to 3km are being led every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Walks are run from numerous locations and are all set at an easy or easy to moderate level. All walks are led by experienced trained volunteer Walk Leaders and offer a great social opportunity to keep fit and have fun!
Our Group is centred on Dorchester, Weymouth, and surrounding areas but our walks cover the entire county and beyond. The walks on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays range from about 5 to 12 miles, usually with a picnic lunch although we sometimes have a pub lunch, or tea after the walk.
We arrange a programme of friendly midweek and weekend 4-9 mile walks of easy to moderate grade in Dorset with an emphasis on the Purbeck area.
We invite you to come along and join us. You will be most welcome and will become part of a friendly and relaxed social group.
Walking with our group gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful, unspoilt coastline and countryside of West Dorset, as well as the camaraderie of a friendly group of people. We try to plan two walks a week, which vary in length from around five to 15 miles but are typically seven or eight miles. They usually start at 10am and each attracts an average of a dozen or so members. You’re welcome to join us on our walks whether you live in and around the area, or are a visitor to it.
We run 2 walks each Tuesday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning walks are ideal as an introduction to our scheme, and are perfect for the less able and those recovering from illness or injury. We often split into 2 groups to suit the varying abilities of those attending, but there is always a walk of about 20 minutes on the flat along the seafront.The afternoon walks cater for a range of abilities and often split, to allow optimum walking speeds and distances for individuals. The duration is usually 60 to 90 minutes.
This club, which was founded in 1972, is for all ages and capabilities. You will see from our programme of walks that there are walks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and alternate Fridays and Saturdays. They range from 3 miles to 12 miles.
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Many of us aren't too keen on the idea of exercise. It might be that we’re too busy or we simply can’t face the thought of it. But most people are not getting the amount of activity they need to stay healthy. Only 1 in 20 people are actually doing the right kind of activity they need each week.
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