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Let’s Get Walking—Together

by Melanie Fuller PCN Live Well | March 29 2018

Spring is here and as we all emerge from our hibernation caves, we are just in time to celebrate National Walk in The Park Day on March 30. Walking has many amazing health benefits, but joining a walking group can help us do more than just reach those activity goals.

Get Social

Joining a walking group is a great way to meet new people and explore your community. Alberta is home to many gorgeous parks and trails—and we can even find wonderful places to stroll right in our own backyards!

Walking groups not only let us discover new areas in our neighbourhoods, these groups help combat social isolation. With the workplace being the most common source of companionship, getting out as a group also helps to foster new relationships and build strong community bonds.

Build Each Other Up

The boost of endorphins we get from being physically active eases stress and tension and helps combat depression and anxiety. If that’s not enough, being a part of a group of like-minded individuals encourages meaningful conversations and helps us feel emotionally supported. The emotional benefits of exercise, coupled with a fun group of people, is bound to put a smile on your team’s faces.

Stay Safe as a Group

We never expect something bad to happen but being prepared is important. Walking groups can help keep each other safe, especially when it comes to slips and falls. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and avoid questionable paths or walkways.

Get Healthier Together

It’s normal to not feel like exercising. Trust us, we share the feeling some days. Having a dedicated group of walking friends that will hold one another accountable goes a long way to ensuring everyone gets out the door and remains consistent with their physical activity plan. And of course, we have to mention how great walking is for our health! Some of the amazing health benefits of walking include:

  • Combatting illness
  • Improving heart health
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Strengthening muscles and improving balance
  • Burning fat

Creating small health goals and working towards them is an excellent way to stay on track. As a group, you can help each other not only reach those goals but cheer each other on along the way.

It Doesn’t Take Much

Even a short 10-minute walk can impact our bodies in a wonderful way—and small bouts of physical activity add up quicker than you may think. Finding three opportunities in your day to take a 10-minute walk can get you and your team reaching the 150 minutes of weekly physical activity recommended for adults. Try walking your own internal mail on breaks, meeting a colleague in person rather than speaking on the phone or over email or take a power walk on your lunch break to boost your energy.

Prescription to Get Active is Here to Help

If you’re looking for ideas on how to get more active at work and in your community, be sure to check out Prescription To Get Active and add a few more physical wellness ideas to your workplace wellness plans!

Melanie Fuller

As a project manager for the Edmonton Zone Primary Care Networks, “Mel’s” career as a clinical exercise physiologist has had a major impact on her super mission to get people moving! And you won’t get a chance to see her idle. In fact, being a triplet and the only girl in a family of boys has left her quick on her feet—literally. Mel’s so busy she makes a point of using her feet as a second pair of hands. As she says, “four hands are just better than two!” True story, Mel, true story.