Have you been thinking about starting an exercise program? Do you want to meet new people and help others as well as yourself on the road to better health? Do you need motivation and accountability? If so, this your group! Join me, Dr. Cesilie Cocks for a weekly walking group at Washougal Waterfront Park.
Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends and stay motivated. There’s nothing like a walk with friends — you can catch up, decrease stress and get the exercise you need at the same time. Recent research shows you may be more likely to stick with a walking group compared to a solo walking routine. Additionally, walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Even a 10-minute daily walk boasts health benefits and counts towards your recommended of 150 minutes of exercise weekly.
1. Increases social connections: Joining a walking group helps you connect with others and make friends. According to a study in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy group walkers attribute a boost in their well-being to the social support they get from their walking buddies.
2. Improves mood: A brisk walk encourages the release of mood-boosting endorphins, and in the long term, it may also lower your risk of depression.
3. Boosts heart health: Walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness, lower your blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels, help balance blood sugar and, in turn, reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
4. Keeps you motivated: Working out with others consistently means you’ll have like-minded friends to motivate you when you don’t feel like exercising, and they’ll keep you challenged.
5. It's safe: There’s safety in numbers, so with your walking group you’ll feel comfortable exploring new parts of your town or walking when it' s dark out.
LOCATION: Washougal Waterfront Park Trail
TIME: Every Wednesday 5:30pm starting February 5th, 2020
RAIN OR SHINE!
Any levels of fitness welcomed! We will accommodate the needs of all our walkers. Bring your friends or family members too!
HOW TO MAKE WALKING A HABIT
Think of ways to include walking in your daily routine by adding it to your daily routine. As examples, adding it to your journey to work, walking to the shops, using stairs instead of elevators, walking the kids to school, going for a stroll with the family after dinner.
We had a full house for our first Mindfulness & Meditation group! As we have quickly outgrown our Ripple space, our next group will be at Body Bliss Yoga Studio in downtown Camas on Sunday, February 2nd, 4:00-5:15pm.
Body Bliss has plenty of bolsters and blankets for sitting, if you prefer to sit in a chair, please bring one as we only have a handful.
Register online here - hope to see you!
Here are some resources we talked about in our January group.
On Being Interview with Krista Tippett and Jon Kabat-Zinn
Insight Timer - free and paid meditation classes and recordings
Headspace - subscription meditation app with a free trial
LOCAL MEDITATION GROUPS
Camas Public Library weekly class - Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm
Camas Meditation Group - meets Sundays at 7:00pm at Breathe Yoga in Vancouver
Hope to see you all at the February group! Feel free to comment and let us know what you would like to see at these groups.
Emily Olson, E-RYT, PTA is a health educator, yoga therapist & teacher and Physical Therapist Assistant. In 2016, she opened Ripple Wellness with her husband, Jeff. A multi-disciplinary natural health clinic, Ripple offers acupuncture, massage, naturopathic medicine, nutrition and yoga with a unique commitment to community outreach and education. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @ripplewellness