"Keep moving," my grandfather said to me, one arm raised as he shuffled down the hallway out of the kitchen.
Even though he's gone now his words still ring true. And he was right: one trick to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to keep moving. Running marathons aren't necessarily the goal, but consistently walking and stretching can do wonders for one's health and mobility. Walking is a low-impact activity with many benefits, both physical and mental. AARP put together a list of the benefits a simple daily walk can give you and I'd encourage folks to take a peek.
In the spirit of keeping moving and getting outside this season, we're asking Mainers to step up to help lead simple, short, local walks in their own communities. We've already started, in fact! Our own Sammee Quong leads a seasonal group walk along the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Hallowell once a week.
Walk Captains will be charged with organizing a weekly or monthly walk in their own communities and you'll be working alongside AARP Maine staff and other volunteers. Key tasks include:
- Researching and selecting an appropriate walking trail or path suitable for a small group.
- Choosing a regular day and time to begin walking.
- Prioritizing safety by making sure walkers have appropriate footwear, don't become too spread out (or are able to walk in small groups), and making sure any new attendees sign a seasonal waiver before hitting the trail.
- Helping with promotion in the community by sharing event details (time, location, etc).
- Taking pictures and sharing stories!
We'll support each walk through promotions to AARP members and communities here in Maine! Have a path or trail you love to walk? Maybe you just want an excuse to get outside more this summer. Either way, walking can be a fun, social, and community-building activity to bring folks together where they live.
Take the first step by starting a walk today in your own neck of the woods. Drop us a line at ME@aarp.org if you think you've got a good stroll in mind. :)