Walking Right – A Review

Here are some tips on making your walking experience that much better!

Start slow and easy
No matter whether you are a seasoned walker or new at it…always begin your walk slow and easy. When you walk remember to walk only as far as or as fast as you find comfortable. Next time you will be able to go for longer or faster.

Use proper technique to avoid injury and setbacks
Walking is a great exercise because it’s so simple to do. But if your posture is poor or your movements exaggerated, you increase your risk of injury. Walk tall and relax your body. Keep your gaze up to the horizon and enjoy the scenary,

Walking Right - Source Mayo Clinic

Walking Right – Source Mayo Clinic

Measure the intensity of your workout
As you walk, measure the intensity. Knowing your level allows you to increase the intensity to maximize your workout or slow down to avoid overdoing it. You have these options:

  • Talk test. If you’re so out of breath that you can’t carry on a conversation with the person you’re walking with, you’re probably walking too fast and should slow down.
  • Borg scale. This method is a self-assessment of your perceived exertion. You rate how hard you think you’re working on a scale that ranges from 6 (no exertion) to 20 (maximal effort). Aim for at least moderate intensity (12 to 14) as you walk.
  • Monitor your heart rate (pulse). To find out if you’re exercising within the range of your target heart rate, stop exercising to check your pulse manually at your wrist (radial artery) or neck (carotid artery). Another option is to wear an electronic device that displays your heart rate. Your target heart rate will depend on age. Resting heart rate average is 72 beats per minute.

Keep track of your progress
Keeping a record of how many steps you take, the distance you walk and how long it takes can help you see where you started from and serve as a source of inspiration. Just think how good you’ll feel when you see how many miles you’ve walked each week, month or year.

Reference your walking using the WalkingSpree pedometer activity tracking. If you need help let one of us know! Your walking history can all be found when you upload and sign in.

Cool down after each walking session
To reduce stress on your heart and muscles, end each walking session by walking slowly for about five minutes. Then, repeat your stretches.

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Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Walking Buddies

WalkingSpree has several members who have undergone weight loss surgery (WLS) or are contemplating surgery. This decision often involves a lot of thought and it is not a quick fix. After the surgery, there is still a lot of work to be done to lose the weight.

Well, one of WalkingSpree’s members and a previous member of the month has found a great way to inspire many people who have gone through weight loss surgery and are on their journey to lose weight. Virginia thought that doing youtube videos would be a way to motivate herself and others as she lost the weight. She decided to invite other viewers to be her walking buddy. Over time her subscriber base grew and before she knew it, she had several weight loss surgery (WLS) viewers wearing pedometers and participating in her walking buddies challenge.

“Who wants to be my walking buddy contest?”

Virginia then encouraged everyone to come to WalkingSpree so they could see each other’s stepping totals and have some fun competition and motivation with their own walking club. Their monthly challenges appear to be inspiring many and their forum group is a lively bunch. Virginia is a great example of someone had a goal and found what worked for her and would inspire herself and others.

Youtube WLS Buddies most recent Walking Buddies Challenge

If you would like more information about weight loss surgery or support, you can visit Virginia’s WLS Walking Buddies Live Spaces page.

Kudos to all the WLS walking buddies on your continued walking challenge and reaching your personal goals. WalkingSpree is proud to support the WLS Walking Buddies.

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Inside WalkingSpree

We’re excited to launch our new WalkingSpree blog. In the blog, you’ll find articles on health, nutrition and wellness as well as monthly recipes. Our WalkingSpree Personal Trainers will be writing posts that provide grounded and accurate fitness information as well as provide you with encouragement and motivation.

We sent this special edition of our newsletter to all our WalkingSpree members to highlight some exciting events that have happened recently. Read our Corporate client news, listen to a podcast, find out who the member of the month is and see who the top 20 walkers are for September.

Corporate Client News

WalkingSpree Corporate Client wins 2008 Benefits Professional of the Year Award

WalkingSpree was thrilled to congratulate Scott Beeken of American Financial Group (AFG) and Great American Insurance as the 2008 Benefits Professional of the Year (Benny Award) that was recently presented at the Annual Benefits Forum & Expo in Washington, DC.

WalkingSpree has worked closely with Mr. Beeken in establishing a company wide wellness initiative for its 5,500 employees by delivering WalkingSpree’s turn-key walking program for corporate clients that includes a private website for AFG. As part of a comprehensive wellness program that also included biometric screenings, a weight management program and wellness seminars, employees were challenged to walk at least one million steps over a 6 month period to qualify for a range of awards that included a new 2009 Saturn Sky convertible.

There are 2,700 employees and spouses participating in the WalkingSpree walking component and they are averaging over 8,300 steps per day — twice the average activity for a typical office worker. AFG employees might be wearing out their shoes as they collectively have walked over 2 billion steps after four months, and nearly two-thirds will have exceeded the corporate challenge to reach million steps. That is amazing!

WalkingSpree Member of the Month

Not only has Mr. Beeken won the Benny Award, he himself has walked at least 10,000 steps every day since he started the program in early April 2008. He hasn’t missed a single day. In light of this, we would like to make Scott Beeken, the WalkingSpree member of the month. Congratulations!

Scott Beeken with Dr. Oz

Scott Beeken (left) with Dr. Oz (right)


Podcast Interview

Hiran Perera, CEO of WalkingSpree was also interviewed on the Cost of “Presenteism in the Corporate Work Environment”. Listen to the podcast to find out the effects of corporate wellness programs, keeping people motivated and your ROI.

Direct link to w3w3 podcast.


Top 20 walkers – September
(includes all WalkingSpree members)

Screen Name Total Steps Average Steps




The Lean Machine



Eileen A Southerland












KC Kitty















Tommy Slay



Joan Schloemer












Just Do It



Janice Wilson









New Features
If you are a club admin, you can now send a private message to all your club members under the club admin panel.

NOTE: We will be transferring all the older newsletters over the next couple of weeks so that you’ll be able to find them all in one spot.

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What Type of Exerciser Are You?

Hi WalkingSpree Members!

TrainerLisa here with some fitness news that I hope you’ll use! You know, as a Personal Trainer I’ve trained just about every type of person you can think of (and some you haven’t):

Woman ExercisingThe I’ll-Do-Whatever-It-Takes Exerciser

The Eager Exerciser

The I-Hate-Exercising Exerciser

The Excuse Exerciser

The I-Know-More-Than-You Exerciser

The I’ve-Tried-This-Before-And-Failed Exerciser

The I-Can’t-Do-This Exerciser

The Social-I’ve-Come-To Party-Exerciser

and of course the I’m-Trolling-For-Hot-Girls/Guys Exerciser!

Does this sound familiar? Recognize yourself in any of these types? If you do and it’s not the first 2 types, it’s time to do a mental attitude adjustment! We all have goals and dreams that we want to accomplish, the problem is that often we don’t know what to do or where to start. Even those of us in the Fitness Industry need support when we feel that we just can’t get our workouts done, we’re feeling tired, unappreciated…. trust me, every feeling you can name every Personal Trainer, and Group X Instructor has experienced it. ;-)

Now how do we stay motivated both for you our clients as well as for ourselves? We BELIEVE! WE BELIEVE Both in YOU and OURSELVES! We BELIEVE that we can make a difference! We BELIEVE that every person we come in contact will catch the fire within themselves and make a difference in their health, life, community and the world at large. We BELIEVE that when you feel good, you look MARVELOUS!

Believe it or not, we get really excited and energize when you meeting your goals. Your energy and enthusiasm is so contagious that it becomes a “domino” effect to everyone that you come in contact with! If you’re currently working out in a gym, but not getting the results that you want, please meet with one of the Certified Personal Trainers in your facility. If you’re not sure which Trainer you want, check them out with their clients and then schedule an appointment to discuss your goals and what they can do for you. Never settle for just any Trainer! Make sure that you and your Personal Trainer are a PERFECT FIT!

Now how does this tie in with you? Well here it is: With all this information, please keep in mind that your Coaches at WalkingSpree have many years in the Fitness Industry. We have an enormous amount of knowledge, skills and ideas just waiting for you, and best of all we’re already here for you! Keep that in mind when you need help or have questions on your workout or setting your fitness goals. Email your Coaches with all and any of your questions or concerns and get ready to make your fitness dreams your reality.

Until Next Time….Stay Strong and Keep Moving! Fitfully yours, LisaAka TrainerLisa

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Fuel for School

Your kids will love this delish sandwich

There’s one guarantee with the Chocolate and Strawberry Sandwich: the lunchbox will be empty when your child returns home. Despite the decadent concept, the sandwich provides healthy whole grains, good fats, vitamin C, and antioxidants. This recipe makes about four sandwiches.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

1/3 cup (85 mL) hazelnuts, with skins on

1/4 cup (60 mL) maple syrup

1 to 2 Tbsp (15 to 30 mL) cocoa powder, to taste

1/4 cup (60 mL) enriched vanilla soymilk, approximately


1 loaf whole grain bread, cut into

1/2-inch (1-cm) thick slices

1 cup (250 mL) organic strawberries, thinly sliced

To prepare the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Place hazelnuts in single layer on shallow baking pan. Toast until skins are almost black, about 15 minutes.

Wrap hot hazelnuts in a clean kitchen towel and rub them until most of the skins have come off. Discard skins.

Process nuts in bowl of food processor, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally, until the nuts have become like nut butter (about five minutes).

Add maple syrup and cocoa to hazelnut butter, and process until smooth (about five minutes). Add soymilk as necessary to achieve consistency of cream cheese. Transfer Chocolate Hazelnut Spread to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Makes 1/2 cup (125 mL).

To prepare Chocolate and Strawberry Sandwiches, spread each slice of bread with about 1 Tbsp (30 mL) Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. Top with sliced strawberries. Cover with another slice of bread and wrap tightly or place in sandwich container.

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