In recent years the world has really started to see and take notice of what large groups of people can create when they come together for a common purpose. Everything from humanitarian groups like Action Against Hunger (AAH), Doctors Without Borders, and UNICEF, to smaller groups just wanting to put a smile on your face (flash mobs, positive graffiti art, etc.) Whether the group is big or small having similar interests and passions combined with working together can create some pretty spectacular outcomes.
So what about coming together to exercise on a grand scale? Could the same positive outcomes come from a large group of people gathering to promote and engage in physical activity? The answer is…..YES! Of course!
Being a part of something that contributes positively to your community (like health and wellness) encourages us to be our best selves and helps others find inspiration within the actions we present. There is statistical proof that exercise lowers our risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis (to name a few). As well studies show that being involved in group activities increases motivation and determination to reach goals. There is no wonder that when the two are put together there is no limit to what a community can achieve!
With statistics also showing that almost a third of Canadians aged 5 to 17 are overweight or obese, (Statistics Canada) and almost one-quarter of adult Canadians being classified as obese (Statistics Canada)
it stands to reason that there is a definite need for communities to rise up to the occasion of inspiring and motivating Canadians (and perhaps others) to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Picture a community where health and wellness is not only a priority to the individuals who dwell within it but a community that creates a physical activity movement that inspires other communities to do the same! Strength comes in numbers but the strength always begins with one individual, deciding to be a part of (or maybe starting) something big.
So whether it is walking, running, skating, skiing, paddling, Yoga or Pilates, next time there is a health and wellness event going on in your community get involved! You’ll be amazed at what everyone can do when they come together.
Written by: Anna Reid