Company is good
By Roger Childs
It’s always a nice sight, seeing young mothers pushing strollers, sometimes with the dog in tow. And also fathers on the run, with a son or daughter following or leading, on a bike.
Most people do their exercise with others. If you don’t, see if you can get family, neighbours or friends to join you. Chatting as you walk, run or bike is great, and it’s amazing how many local, national and international problems you can solve!
Another big advantage is that the time seems to pass more quickly as you enjoy the pleasant company of others.
Joining a group
There are plenty of exercise groups in the Kapiti area and elsewhere round the nation.
If you are a walker, and want to find out about groups in your district, track down a copy of Walking New Zealand. (Most libraries stock the magazine.)
Near the back there is section called There’s A Walking group near you. In the Kapiti district there are eight listed, covering most days of the week.
If biking is your thing, make inquiries with the Council or hail down a group you might come across as you’re out riding.
One thing that all biking groups do when they’re out, is to have a coffee + at one of the many excellent cafés in the area. After the ride of course!
The gym option
As you get fitter, joining a gym is a good scheme.
There is no competition there and you can do your own thing, take classes and/or get assistance from a personal trainer.
(More on gyms in the next article.)