Does “Walk! Don’t Run!” conjure up childhood memories of someone sternly encouraging you to slow down? If so, rewind and replay it in a gentle, kind and inviting way...“Please, consider walking - the physical, emotional and social benefits can be even greater than running.”
I live in a high-rise building. It’s a wonderful melting pot of various ages, races, religions, nationalities and incomes. Recently, we began a walking club, “Holy Walkamole” - not my choice of a title, but one that reflects the spirit of the building. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 7:00 am, are the designated walking days. A one-mile safe route was mapped and posters invited people to join the fun. It wasn’t long before we had a group of people enjoying the physical and social benefits of walking together.
From a health and well-being perspective, walking can be more beneficial than running. I have never found running with someone to be much of a positive experience. I either want to run slower (usually) or faster than my running partner. It quickly becomes an anti-social activity! I have come to appreciate walking as one of the most practical and positive ways to get people engaged in physical activity, whether at home or at work. The commitment to regular walking can be the “gateway” activity that leads to other lifestyle changes, e.g. improved diet, increased sleep, or more water intake. A mile can be walked in 20 minutes. At no cost, physical and emotional health improves! And, if you include others, your social well-being is enhanced. What other activity can provide these kinds of benefits?
Don’t let another day go by. Invite your co-workers, family, friends and/or neighbors to join you. Give your club a hokey name ("Holy Walkamole" is taken!) and encourage them to “Walk! Don’t Run!”
M. J. White is the creator of “LEAN Wellness”, which transforms work environments with a radically different bottom-up approach that inspires continuous improvement in health and wellbeing. To learn more, visit the website at: www.wellstreet.us or email M. J. directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org