Out and About,  Self-Care

Walking the Whitsundays

Walking the Whitsundays is it possible? The Whitsundays consists of a huge body of water and 74 islands. But despite that I did walk the Whitsundays. I can hear you saying ‘that’s not possible, how could you walk the Whitsundays?’

Whitsundays
(Photo by Nicholas Weldingh on Unsplash)

It is true I walked the Whitsundays. Oh, did I leave out that one word ‘distance.’ What I have achieved is that I walked the distance of the Whitsundays. But even more so, I have walked the distance of the Great Barrier Reef. That is I have walked more than 2,300 kilometres. I do not know how long it has taken me, I just keep walking.

The Whitsundays are in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a World Heritage area. Even though I was born in Queensland and always lived in Queensland, I have not spent much time exploring the Great Barrier Reef, including the Whitsundays.

Hamilton Island
(Photo by Oscar Sutton on Unsplash)

Given this, it must be time I spent more time in the Whitsundays. One of my life goals is to walk on White Haven Beach. The beach is 7 kilometres of fine white sand (98.9% silica). To achieve this goal I would stay on Hamilton Island and take a the high speed cataraman (30 minutes) to Whitehaven Beach. My camera will be working overtime while I am walking the Whitsundays. More so, when I am walking on Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach.

Walking is a great form of exercise and an activity that will keep me healthy as I age. Walking strengthens bones, reduces body fat, and improves cardiovascular fitness. It also reduces risk of disease such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Now that is a good motivator to get walking.

My Fitbit is a great walking tracker. Walking the Whitsundays, at least the distance of the Great Barrier Reef is a great walking achievement. All I have to do is keep walking to keep fit. What about you? What is your favourite place to walk?

Note: Featured image by Marcel Wiemers on Unsplash. Thanks to the three photographers, Marcel, Nicholas and Oscar.

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