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5 Reasons to Join a Walking Club: The Benefits of Walking with Others!

April 21, 2023 Written by Ainsley Rimer, Advancing Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator

May is approaching, which means #NationalWalkingMonth is just around the corner! This month is dedicated to promoting the benefits of walking: a simple, low-impact activity that provides a wealth of health benefits. Joining a walking club can make the experience even more enjoyable and rewarding. At Cooperative Extension, we acknowledge the significance and advantages of walking. Therefore, to commemorate this occasion, we urge you to participate in one of our walking programs: Walk with Ease or Walk and Roll. Continue reading to discover the key benefits of doing so.

 

Physical Health

Firstly, joining a walking club can help you care for your body. Exercise is critical to maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Walking is a low-impact activity that is easy on your joints and can be done at any age or fitness level. By joining a walking club, you can ensure that you are getting regular exercise and staying on track with your fitness goals.

 

Mental Health

In addition to physical health, walking can positively impact your mental well-being. Walking has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve mood, and boost self-esteem. When you join a walking club, you not only can enjoy the physical benefits of exercise but also the mental clarity and relaxation that comes with spending time outdoors. By walking, you can achieve a sense of well-being that radiates both internally and externally, making you look and feel good!

 

Nature

Walking is also an excellent way to connect with nature. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and boost immune function. Walking through parks, trails, or scenic routes with a walking club can help you explore new sites that you may not have discovered on your own. Exploring new places can add variety and make walking more interesting and enjoyable.

 

Social Connections

Another significant benefit of joining a walking club is the social aspect. Walking with a group can help you meet new people, build friendships, and provide a sense of community. Walking clubs allow opportunities for socializing and bonding with other members and create a sense of community. This can be especially beneficial for those who are looking to connect with others that share similar interests. The social aspect of joining a walking club also provides accountability and motivation to keep you consistent in your walking routine. When you commit to meeting up with a group, you are more likely to show up and put in the effort. You’ll also have the support of fellow walkers who can offer encouragement and motivation to keep you going.

 

Purpose

Finally, joining a walking club can help you get out of the house and break up your daily routine. Walking with a group can provide a sense of purpose and structure to your days and can be a fun and enjoyable way to stay active. By joining a walking club, you can make exercise a regular part of your routine and stay motivated to achieve your fitness goals.

 

In conclusion, joining a walking club is an excellent way to incorporate regular exercise into your routine while also enjoying the benefits of mental clarity, nature, social connection, and a sense of purpose. Whether you are looking to improve your physical health and mental well-being or simply looking to meet new people, a walking club can provide a supportive and enjoyable environment to achieve your goals. So why not lace up your shoes and sign up for one of our walk clubs today?


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