Walking with a group can add value to your workout routine in a host of ways. It can boost motivation and accountability. It can help you stay safe. And it may make your workouts a lot more fun. Walking in a group can also give you a chance to make new friends and nurture your bonds with old ones.

You can start a walking group with co-workers, friends, family, or neighbors. Decide in advance how many you would like in your group. Then plan a kickoff meeting. You can start by scheduling just 1 or 2 group walks a week. Then increase your miles or number of walks each week as the group makes fitness gains. If you have any health issues or haven’t been active in a while, please check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.