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Starting a Workplace Walking Group

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One of the keys to starting - and sticking with - an exercise program lies with getting in the habit of working out on a regular basis. One of the best ways to do this is to join up with people that you see regularly for exercise sessions, such as starting a walking group with your co-workers. Starting a walking group with your co-workers is simple and easy - and it is also free. What better way to fit a fitness routine into your daily activities.

Starting Your Group

  1. Identify co-workers that you think might be interested in being involved in a workplace-based walking group and invite them to join in with you. Chances are you know who makes comments about wanting to lose weight, get in shape, or not being able to make themselves go to the gym.

  2. When you have found a few people who are interested, decide if pre-work, lunch break or after work will work best for everyone.

  3. As a group, decide how many times the group will walk each week, as well as what days. Try to commit to at least three days per week, realizing that not everyone will be able to participate every time. You may even want to commit to five days as a group - especially if it is a large group, with an understanding that each person will aim to participate at least three of the five days.

  4. Each member of the group should agree to be supportive of the others, encouraging continued participation and helping each other stay focused and committed.

  5. Agree on a meeting place for your 'walking days', determine a route and get started.

That's all there is to it - starting a workplace walking group is just a simple matter of making up your mind to commit to this positive, wellness-focused activity, identifying others who would also like to participate and getting started.

Building a Fitness Habit

Whether your group meets to walk before work, takes a stroll during lunch or hikes around the building after the end of the workday, this can be a great way to start a fitness habit and maintain it as a result of how easily it fits into your already busy schedule and the support of like-minded people that you see just about every day anyway.

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