INSHAPE NEWS LIFESTYLE – 3 Shocking Wild Women On Top Secrets You Never Knew
In celebration of Women’s Health Week (Mon 4 – Fri 8 September) Sydney-based women’s hiking and adventure group, Wild Women On Top, is hosting a women’s happy Sunrise Health Hike on Friday 8 September at 7 am. So, get out your trackie-dacks and dust off your trainers. There’s much walking to be done.
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.
SECRET 1 – The Sunrise Hike is FREE
The event is FREE and all women are welcome, no matter their age. Women can register for the hike at www.wildwomenontop.com
SECRET 2 – Wild Women On Top Founder is a Hiking Addict
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.”
SECRET 3 – Wild Women On Top’s Coastrek Raises Millions Annually
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 registrations are now open 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 cliff tops 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
Sunrise Health Hike Details
When: 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
About Wild Women On Top
Wild Women On Top, founded in 2002, is the solution to a mid-wife crisis faced by founder Di Westaway. Deciding she needed more in life, Westaway discovered hiking and took part in a mountain quest that transformed her life. Today, Westaway and her team create Wild Adventures for women and are experts in Trek Training.