Start a Lunchtime Walking Group!

Name: Catherine Paiement-Paradis

I'm part of: Radio-Canada (CBC's French language broadcaster)

#1 Health Goal: To be more active at work and get out at lunchtime to walk.

Biggest Accomplishment: I have organized a walking club at the office and convinced about a dozen co-workers to participate. We are only in the beginning stages, but already I sense their enthusiasm. Every day my co-workers inquire if the group is meeting at lunch hour, and new people join us each time. These walks are also a great way to keep up with what's new in my colleagues' lives, all while getting some fresh air. Walking and talking are the best of both worlds!

Biggest Challenge: Staying motived and ensuring that the walking club lasts. I also have to force myself to take a breather every day at lunch and break a bad habit I sometimes have--not getting away from my computer!

The act of walking and getting fresh air helps us clear our minds and work more effectively in the afternoon. I come back from these walks rested and in a good mood (especially when we happen upon a park with a playground and are suddenly reminded of our childhood!).

I will continue to Live Right Now by: Encouraging my co-workers and myself to walk at least 30 minutes at lunchtime as often as possible. A message to my fellow co-workers: "We've only just begun!"

Personal Tip for Canadians: Walking is a simple activity within everyone's grasp. Since it's always more fun to walk as a group, I invite Canadians to start up walking groups or simply invite one or two co-workers to go walking at lunchtime, at least twice a week. Whether it's 10, 15, 30 minutes or more, this time spent outside really counts and helps us to live better!

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