Is getting in better shape one of your New Year’s resolutions? Join the LA Soul Steppers and stride your way to fitness.

The walking group meets at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza at 6 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.

Sponsored by AARP California, LA Soul Steppers brings together about 65 walkers for an invigorating trek around the mall, located at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Erich Nall, “Coach E,” a certified trainer, nutritionist and motivational speaker, leads the group in a series of warm-up exercises before the walk and ends the session with a cooldown and fitness tips.

“Over the years the members of the LA Soul Steppers walking group have built a community in which they can connect with friends and neighbors and encourage and support each other as they strive to live healthier lifestyles,” said Nancy McPherson, AARP California state director.

“The New Year is a great time for folks to join in and take advantage of the momentum.”

The group welcomes people of all ages and abilities.

Many Soul Steppers started with just one lap around the shopping center, and several now walk up to two miles each time.

To register, visit or call 877-926-8300.

—Laura Mecoy