I encourage women to focus on adding physical activity to their lifestyle instead of counting lost pounds. I try to teach women to focus on improvements in health such as reduced stress, feeling stronger, changes in clothing sizes, being consistent with activity and beginning to enjoy physical activity.
This group is for women who want to have fun incorporating physical activity into their lives. I hold events for all fitness levels from beginner to advanced and encourage consistent physical activity, so I have something for everyone!
There have been a few requests to bring dogs along on the walk. I love dogs! However, to keep things simpler and to keep the pace of the walks moving, I ask that you not bring them along. Thanks for understanding!
General health recommendations are cardio training 5-6 days a week for 30 minutes. This is an opportunity to meet other women with similar goals and abilities, possibly building relationships to get together on your own time to be physically active together.
Leading the MeetUp Get Out & Play group has been a lot of fun for me! One of the best feelings I get leading the event is when I see women enjoying each other’s company and they hardly notice that they’re being active! It’s been really fun to see participants getting stronger as they continue to participate!
I’d like to know what value that you have for participating in the events. I always appreciate the reviews after the events.
It’s always been my desire to offer these MeetUp events for free. I love that it doesn’t cost anything for you to join MeetUp as a participant or to join my group. MeetUp does; however, charge $140+ each year for organizers to participate. When I first began leading walks (before the MeetUp), I always thought that there wasn’t that much value to it – it’s just a walk. As I’ve gained more experience meeting different participants of different levels of health and ability, it occurred to me that I do need to be prepared for many scenarios. I carry a backpack with a basic first aid kit and CPR mask and try to remember to bring a snack (which I often forget) in case anyone has a diabetic reaction, etc. While hiking at Afton, I once realized if anyone falls or has any health issue on the big hills, we oftentimes don’t have cell phone reception. I needed to think of how I’d handle a health situation there. It also got me to realize that I want to have your emergency contact information – just in case. After hearing that a family was sued because their kids were playing baseball and a neighbor’s kid hurt himself sliding into a base, it confirmed that I need liability insurance. I’m always doing my best to help everyone get out of the events what they want and/or need – trying to respect differences of paces and abilities. I enjoy teaching some general stretches afterward and do my best to answer any questions you have about fitness.
I’m sharing this with you because I finally am valuing and appreciating what I provide for our group myself. I’m also hoping that you feel value for what you get out of your experience with the group.
Now if you feel that there is value to the group, I’m hoping that you will help me pay for the charges to keep the group going. I’m not going to charge a set fee, but please either mail a check (please email me for my mailing address) or before or after the walk, give any amount you feel matches the value of these walks for you. I appreciate any assistance you feel appropriate to help keep the group going! Thank you!