NEW CHALLENGE: Sandra Wilson found herself getting outdoors to walk almost every day as part of the Warwick Daily News Kick the Kilos fitness challenge.
NEW CHALLENGE: Sandra Wilson found herself getting outdoors to walk almost every day as part of the Warwick Daily News Kick the Kilos fitness challenge. Sophie Lester

Fitness challenge no walk in the park

ONE Warwick woman is proving it's never too late to turn a fitness regime up a notch. 

Sandra Wilson joined the Daily News Kick the Kilos when it began in September, with each member of the group logging their weekly kilometres and overall progress. 

The 66 year old said despite being a frequent walker beforehand, she loved the challenge of having others to compete against.  

"Save for this final week I had set myself the goal of walking 30km a week," Ms Wilson said. 

"For me joining up was about walking longer and walking more often. 

"I already liked to walk five days out of seven in the week but during the challenge I increased the distance and went up to six or seven days.  

"If I saw the app and saw that whoever was beating me it gave me the motivation to keep going and maybe beat them. 

"I think it was good to have it open to all ages and skill, and I liked the freedom of being able to do it on my own but at the same time have that structure in place."  

Ms Wilson said the river loop was a favourite route of hers but she liked to mix it up to keep things interesting. 

She said losing weight had never been her main motivation of joining the 12-week program, rather she was encouraged to give herself an extra challenge. 

"I would say I've only lost a kilo or two but I definitely feel better," she said. 

"I feel trimmer and my clothes fit better, and I got my pace up to a kilometre in nine minutes which is what I was doing at 48, so that's pretty good. 

"I had never done something as concentrated as this before and I've gotten to a stage now where I really just want to get out and go for a walk whenever I can. 

"At pretty much the same time I had started doing aqua aerobics with the Southern Downs Get Out Get Active program and felt the two worked well together for me. 

"I think it was a great the Daily News sponsored it." 

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