Friday, June 10, 2016

Team Motivation

It's been proven that people imitate the behaviors of the groups they spend time with. What a great idea to spend time with people who model healthy lifestyles! Walking or exercising with a group or a partner increases consistency and enjoyment of the activity.

I blogged about my Saturday morning walking group in February of 2014 and I want to mention it again to update my newer readers. Smilers is a free Burbank community-based walking group. We Smile through the Miles! We walk between 5 - 11 miles each Saturday morning. We meet at a different local location each week at 6:30am. The walks vary from flat sidewalks to canyons to street inclines. Members often stay after the walk for coffee and conversation. Occasionally, the group will train for a half-marathon together and walk the longer mileage. The average pace is a 15 minute mile. It is "power walk" speed.

It is so enjoyable to walk and talk! I don't have to use music to keep my pace, I just keep up with the walker next to me. When else do you get the chance to have a good, long conversation without interruptions? The miles fly by when you are talking with a friend.

If you are interested in participating, contact me at and I will get you the information you need. If you are not in the Burbank area, seek out acquaintances at the gym, in your workplace or in your neighborhood to team up with and walk regularly. The accountability of meeting someone will keep you consistent and motivated to maintain your workout schedule.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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