Time and again, we come across the benefits of walking as a primary form of exercise. Walking is the easiest way to incorporate physical activity into your life and stick to that activity. There is no device, costume or a designated place required for this activity and even those on walkers and wheelchairs can walk. While walking remains as the most popular exercise form to stay active, recently, organized walking groups and community walks are making many more people come out of their locked doors and feel the pleasant rays of the sun on their feet. Read more on the benefits of walking as a form of exercise at www.firsteatright.com.
We all know that walking has a plethora of health benefits, but are we aware that walking in a group can help us stick to our health and fitness goals? Most walkers find an increase in motivation, accountability and socialization when they walk in a group rather than walking alone.
Starting a Group
In this fast-paced world people rarely find time to even talk to their neighbors and some are even unaware of the names of their neighbors. With such a scenario existing, how is it possible to form groups to walk?
Make People Know
WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook are used to post photos and keep in touch with distant friends. Why not use them to form a group of like-minded people who strive for fitness? Reach out to neighbors, friends and coworkers with these social media platforms to form walking communities.
The time and place of walk can be discussed over mobile communication and the group can assemble at one point to start their journey of walk towards good health. Following a consistent schedule is necessary to help people plan things beforehand and allocate time for the activity.
Know Your Friends
Be aware of the people you are walking with. Are they beginners, experienced walkers or intermediates? According to the group to which most people belong, plan your pace and distance covered during a walk.
Keep it Inclusive
If you are organizing the walking event, it is your duty to keep the space emotionally and physically safe for all people. Understand the participants needs, abilities and disabilities before getting started.
Have Fun while Walking
Start small chats to keep the conversation flowing gradually. This keeps the group engaged and active. For some people, this might be the only ‘me’ time and they would hope to have fun and reenergize themselves, both physically and mentally. Never disappoint them, but keep the group peppy with some serious fun and activity.
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