Years ago, before I was a coach or corporate wellness boss lady, I took a course at NYU on how to start a non-profit organization.
From my own personal experience of making small habit changes over time that resulted in a strong rebound from the pain and side-effects of permanently damaging my esophagus lining, I wanted to help others get healthier.
I decided I was going to launch a program called “Just Take a Walk,” encouraging anyone and everyone to get out and do something. Anything. Ideally a walk for even just 10 minutes.
I got the ULR and even called it “JTAWK,” to inspire community engagement.
This was prior to online communities like Facebook were available to provide support so it was all about in-person interactions. Families, friends, classmates and colleagues would all “Just Take a Walk” and use the time to connect and talk. Not only to inspire fitness, but relationships and creativity as well. As you know, studies show that creativity can be a result of stepping away from the task at hand – a great excuse to take a walk.
In addition, there would be mentors walking with kids to share health tips and tricks they could bring home to their families, and the community would grow (and grow, and grow).
Exercise can change your brain. Even ten minutes!
JTAWK never got it off the ground, but the concept still rings true and is near and dear to my heart.
So, this holiday season, with stress and temptation around every corner, Just Take a Walk. Step away from reading this right now and do so.
Just a few small steps can make all the difference.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™