March 9th thru March 12th was another successful 4 day week of 12 – 1.5 hour sessions in The Villages… I am confident when I say; that all the residents participating have been so very receptive to Balance Walking, many have talked to their friends and are wanting to know when we are coming back, and this all confirmed with residents everywhere walking with Balance Walking Poles… I wanted to do a quick blog update before it became old news ( have been very busy answering phone calls, emails and connecting dots ).
Here is one of the many fun shots ( pictures & videos ) of just one the groups on an hour long fitness tour throughout Sumter Landing… We made a quick stop for a lite refreshment at Subway.
While out for an hour fitness walk we were being stopped and asked countless times — What we were doing? Looks like Skiing! Do you have a business card or information? Where do you get the Poles? And many more…
Everyone’s’ answers covered much, yet generally included that Balance Walking is:
- First - it is easy to do
- Second – it increases the fitness and health benefits of regular walking
- Third – it was a lot of fun to be with others in a group making new friends
- Lastly – your not huffing and puffing
The Wacky Walkers is the official first group of many more I am sure to get started. Maryann in Captiva has volunteered and really loves it as each week her group grows. Balance Walking will become an official listing as a club activity meeting at the Captiva Recreation Center. This first club will of course help other residents whom may live closer to the many other recreation centers throughout The Village to form their own groups.
Walking Groups have and advantage unlike anywhere in the world as they use The Villages – Recreation Lifestyle Leader program. Anyone ( really all composed of residents ) can contact their Recreation Centers and go through an easy application that facilitates virtually everyone to be confident and know they will have all the support to grow their activity. You have to love this kind of support as the community supports the community…
Wacky Walkers of Captiva
Mondays, Wednesdays at 5:30 PM and Saturdays at 9 AM
Picnic Pavilion at Captiva Recreation Center
This new group is for healthy active walkers who want to get more out of your everyday walking. It is an approximately 45 minute walk outdoors using balance walking poles. Poles are available at Foot Solutions in Spanish Springs or online at www.balancewalking.com . Meet at the picnic pavilion at Captiva Recreation Center. New walkers always welcome, no commitments necessary, come when you can and bring your poles.
Contact for more info these great residents:
Maryann Berry – email@example.com
Barb Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley Halloran – email@example.com