The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -- Walt Disney
Hello and welcome to Bellingham’s Fun & Fitness Friends!
This meetup is about getting fit and having fun in a friendly group atmosphere while taking advantage of where we live. Whether you participate in triathlons or are just starting your first fitness program, this group is designed to give you opportunities to shake up your routine, meet new people, add accountability to your established or new regime and have fun in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest.
The idea is that by putting together a group of fun, lively, committed folks, we can help hold each other accountable for achieving our fitness goals by breaking out of an established routine BEFORE it gets old, our bodies quit responding and our brain shuts off - before the loss of motivation occurs.
Challenge a new hike by ascending it in a new manner, discover a new trail or park, be guided by others, share your thoughts, make use of spare time and a great day, chat, be safe, help others and have fun. To do so, we want to encourage everyone to come out, be active and enjoy more quality fitness time with others.
As we grow, please feel free to leave comments on the message board, post photos and check out our calendar of current & future events. See what fits and what works for you. Feel free to comment, express an opinion and suggest a meetup.
We do many activities, and are adding more all the time. What we do now includes walk-n-chats (your well-behaved dog is welcome), PowerHikes and PowerWalks, Mt Baker hikes (summer), fitness hikes (all year including urban hikes), moderate bike rides (15 m +), organized paddling events, beach or mountain day trips, snowshoeing, etc. If you have any other ideas that you participate in regularly and want to encourage others, please let me know and I’ll post them.
Annual Dues are $15, which covers the cost of the annual fee for this site. Only $15 for a personal guided tour up the trails in Whatcom County for the year. You're guaranteed to go on at least 15 hikes in 2015 - far cheaper than most gym or yoga memberships, new people to chat with regularly and best of all - YOU GET TO BE OUTSIDE! Safely - in a group - guided and with your furry best friend (some on leash - occasionally running amok).
If you love the outdoors, enjoy meeting new people, can handle the responsibility of leading a group of pretty self-sustaining adults and are not a jerkwad - consider leading a trip or two of your own. We need leaders!! And it's super fun to get to pick and choose what you want to do and where you want to go and to have others come with you. We've had other leaders lead groups on snowshoeing, Bikes, Books and Brews tours (mt biking around to little lending libraries in town and then to tour our breweries), Mountain biking up Galbraith, Tennis Lessons and group play, Kayaking trips and more. If you've got a sport you like to do and want a place to throw out your idea - this is it. Just shoot me an email or message and we can meet so I can get to know you and we'll make it so.
We welcome you to network for fitness, fun and friendship in an un-intimidating manner – but since the name of the game is accountability, once you try it out a few times, we ask that you commit yourself to achieving a stated goal (and please let us know when you achieve it!).
Thanks for joining…this should be a fun ride!
NOTE: Personal Trainers or Fitness Group leaders: if you want to host an event, simply email Jean with the What, Where, When and how much. Your event will be posted and you will be co-organizer of that event. This is a new option just created by Meetup.com and it works great. Also, please email me if you're interested in becoming an co-organizer – besides meeting other fabulous, motivated souls, the rewards include being able to setup events and share ones knowledge of local trails and hikes.
PLEASE BE PATIENT AS OUR SCHEDULE SOLIDIFIES. CHECK BACK OFTEN AS WE ARE STILL FINALIZING DATES AND DON'T WANT TO PREMATURELY POST EVENT DETAILS. SUBSTITUTIONS AND CHANGES MAY OCCUR. SOME EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED THROUGH OTHER VENUES, PLEASE ALWAYS CALL TO CHECK AN EVENT TO BE SURE IT IS STILL ON IF SOMEONE OTHER THAN A MEMBER IS HOSTING AN EVENT. THANKS FOR READING MY DISCLAIMERS!