FREE Sunrise Women’s Health Hike

In celebration of Women’s Health Week (Mon 4 – Fri 8 September) women’s hiking group, Wild Women On Top, are hosting a FREE women’s happy health hike on Friday 8 September at 7am.

Starting at Sydney’s iconic Opera House, the 5km coastal hike will adventure through the Botanical Gardens in celebration of women walking with women in nature. The walk will highlight the health benefits of hiking, including the social element as well the remarkable positive impact on physical and mental health.

Women can register for the FREE hike at www.wildwomenontop.com

Wild Women On Top Founder and Chief Adventure Chick, Di Westaway, has built a social enterprise out of inspiring and empowering women to get outdoors and improve their mental and physical health through hiking adventures.

“Hiking is even better for you than exercising in a gym and a whole lot more fun. When you’re outside, you have the wind in your hair, sun on your skin, trees breathing, birds dancing and all those things that make you feel deeply good inside. And when you do it with friends, it brings pure joy”.

“Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said “Walking is man’s best medicine”, I say “hiking is a woman’s best medicine,” said Westaway.

“The uneven surfaces and physical obstacles that hiking presents improves your reflexes and muscle responses. Add weather and you have a great adventure fitness experience. Even walking daily for 30 minutes in a park will make you happier and healthier. And all it costs is your time.”

“It’s essential for women to prioritise their health with daily physical activity because women are our primary nurturers and role models for the community. The main barriers to getting women outdoors are guilt, time, money, pain and family commitments. We want women hiking with friends because it allows them to integrate fitness and social connection and it brings natural exhilaration. Not only do they get fitter and stronger, but they also feel better.”

Wild Women On Top are famous for their annual Coastrek events in Sydney, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast. Coastrek is a team trekking challenge where participants hike either 30km or 60km’s to get happy and support charity. Since it began in Sydney in 2010, Coastrek has inspired more than 23,000 trekkers, mostly women, and raised nearly $20m for The Fred Hollows Foundation. It’s a great match because nearly 60% of the world’s blind are women.

Sydney Coastrek 2018 will open for registrations on Friday 1 September 2017 for a March 16th event in 2018. It is one of the state’s most popular adventure challenges because it’s an adventure challenge not a race. 4,000 trekkers, (at least 50% female), will hike the beautiful beaches, bays and clifftops of Sydney Harbour from Manly or Kirribilli to Bondi to raise $2.8 million for The Foundation to continue its fight to end avoidable blindness.

To register for Sydney Coastrek 2018 head to www.sydney.coastrek.com.au

  Friday 8th September
Location:  Meet at Opera House Steps near Botanical Gardens
Time:  6.45 for 7.00am start. Finish at 8.00am
Inclusion: Wild Women buff and healthy snack
Cost: FREE
Register: www.wildwomenontop.com

Author: Laurice Klaire

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