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John and Val (Cycle Salisbury)
Read how local couple John and Val have improved their wellbeing by being involved in the Cycle Salisbury Social Rides program in this Autumn 2014 Aware article.
‘You have no idea how much being a part of the Cycle Salisbury Social Rides has meant to me – it has changed my life and wellbeing in so many ways and I can’t wait for more involvement in 2015.
I have been a proud resident of Salisbury for 25 years, yet in the last 6 months or so I have experienced the greatest benefits of our area, the local parks, bike/walking trails, gym equipment and so much more. Thank you to Salisbury Council and all those involved in this program for providing the most fun way of enjoying the outdoors, exercise and good friendships – all whilst being in my own ‘backyard’. Simone, Paralowie (December 2014)
Olwyn attended the WiseMove program coordinated by Salisbury Primary Health Care services at Para Hills in early 2011.
She has the following to say about the WiseMove program:
‘The exercise parts of the course itself were great as they suited the different ability levels of people there and the WiseMove program has motivated me to do more exercise.
It exercised my brain as well as my body and it was social – we even had lunch together. It was run in a relaxed & personable manner and people were able to express their views without feeling uncomfortable – you were made to feel that your opinions were valued.’
Olwyn’s advice: ‘Get out of the house and go to something for YOU, learn new things, make new friends
Alan Nelson is a Volunteer Walk Organiser for Heart Foundation Walking at Morella Community Centre on a Wednesday morning. This is something he says that has changed his life.
“I gave up alcohol and cigarettes about four years ago as I was just fed up with my lifestyle,” explains Alan. “I used to be a keen runner and volleyball player but I hadn’t done any physical activity for a number of years and found that I was quite lethargic and unhappy. After seeing an advertisement for the local Heart Foundation walking group I jumped at the chance to do some physical activity.”
The walking group, which has an average of eight participants each week, provided him with a lifeline as it enabled him to get out and about, socialising and getting fit at the same time.
“The walking group gives me an interest. It’s improved my fitness, my ‘get up and go’ and I absolutely love the social aspect of the group, meeting other people and listening to their stories,”
There are Heart Foundation walking groups located all around Salisbury. Join as a walker or volunteer your time to help lead or assist a group.
Has attending one of our programs changed your life?
If you have attended one of our programs and would like to share your experiences, we would love to hear about it. Please send a written testimonial along with a current photo (or even better - before and after shots!) to Jim. You might appear on our website, Facebook or Twitter and become an inspiration to others in your local area.
Heart Foundation Walking
Helen (Salisbury North) The reason I stay with Heart Foundation Walking is 'the safe environment to walk in and Health reasons'
Graham (Elizabeth East) 'I joined Heart Foundation Walking to keep fit and I enjoy the company'
Cycle Salisbury Social Rides
Here are some quotes from some of the riders who have been participating in the Cycle Salisbury Social rides:
‘Becoming involved with the Cycle Salisbury Social Rides has given me the confidence to get back on the Bike. In doing so I am riding the 40 Kms for Gear Up Girl and raising Money for Breast Cancer. What a great lot of Gals and Guys I have met along with the many bike trails in Salisbury.’ Kathie
'Get on that bike of yours and enjoy the great outdoors – ride with Cycle Salisbury'. John and Val
‘Cycle Salisbury Social Rides is a great way to break down social isolation, to get out and about, and meet local people while keeping fit at the same time’. Annette
'It’s great to be able to go on a ride that is achievable for beginners – and a good opportunity to meet others who enjoy cycling'. Helen
Here are some other great individual stories:
We would be delighted to show even more people the wonderful trails we have in Salisbury, so why don’t you come and join us!
See the Cycle Salisbury page for details of Cycle Salisbury social rides happening in your area.