No, not that kind of club. (It's only Monday, anyway. LOL.) Besides, I was never much of a club scene person. I'm talking about a WALKING CLUB! Are you now or have you ever been a member of one? They can be a great way to socialize, make new friends and get your exercise in, all at the same time. If there's not a walking club set up anywhere near you, how's about setting up one of your own? It can be fun! And how do you get one started? It's easier than you think. In fact, let me give you a few ideas on how to do it.
Will yours be an outdoors walking group or would you all prefer the mall-walking route?
First, find a core group that shares your fitness and other interests. Talk to friends at church, at work, online, in your neighborhood or any other place you socialize regularly. Next, decide what kind of walking you and your group want to do. Will it be an outdoors walking group or would you all prefer the mall-walking scene? You could set up a route through your neighborhood or maybe there's a school or municipal park nearby that has a fitness track you can take your walks on.
Okay, now get the word out! You can take out an ad in a community newspaper or a better route is probably to let friends know on your Facebook page. Talk to interested people in your neighborhood, at work or at church. Who will be the leader of the group? Will it be you or will you share responsibilities with someone else in the group?
Make your group's walks interesting.
Make it interesting. Maybe you can offer little awards for those people who never miss a walk. (Hope you're one of them!) Or you can all participate in a community walk/run to raise money for a worthwhile charity. This kind of involvement can help your group grow while accomplishing some good deeds at the same time.
Besides getting in that great exercise, you'll probably make some new friends along the way, too. And while you're at it, some of you may find other interests you have in common and things you can do together, like maybe a challenging hike through a nice wooded area every now and then. The best thing is, those walks are not only good for you physically but the social interaction is just as good for you. Keep the walks interesting by mixing up your routes and distance every now and then. You'll have to work with each other's schedules to determine how long each of your walks will be and which days of the week you'll walk.
Walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial exercises you can do.
I've told you before and it's a fact, walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial exercises you can do. Make it fun, make it interesting and discover the joys of walking. Your bodies will thank you. And oh yeah, this kind of clubbing will leave you its own kind of "hangover." I'm talking about a FEEL-GOOD HANGOVER for taking such good care of your body!
Ready to join the club?