How can I start a walking group at office?

Walking is the easiest way to get yourself on the path of better health.  What better way to maintain a walking program for yourself than by joining like-minded individuals who have the same goal of better health.

According to the American Heart Association, research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.  Walking can also:

  • Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
  • Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance your mental well-being
  • Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

Starting a walking group at office can be a great way to make a positive influence on your workplace.  You can take the following steps to start a walking group at office:

  • Find out if you need any building or grounds permissions to coordinate group activities such as a walking group.
  • Once approved, establish a time to walk when people are generally available.  This is usually lunch hour, 3pm, or at the end of the work day.  Start out by inviting friends before expanding your group.
  • As you execute your walking program with your friends, you can brainstorm ways to involve new people.  An example could be:  With permission, posting ads in the office pantry or cafeteria announcing your walking group and when you meet.
  • Once you have a time established, plan how you will coordinate and lead the walking group.  For example, when everyone meets, you can provide an “ice-breaker” game so everyone can get to know each other.  How will you structure your walking session?
  • Sub-groups can be made depending on the skill level of the participants.  For example, people who want to walk at a fast pace can walk with others at the same rate.  Slower walkers can stay with each other if they are more interested in a casual walk.

Keep up your schedule and soon word will get around about what you’re doing.  You will be taking an important first step to establish a healthy office.