Walk The Walk

If you’ve followed any of my writings, you know that I’m a multi-tasker through and through. Show me a mom who isn’t, #amirite?  In fact, I’m literally drafting this now in my phone, as I walk on the treadmill.

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Don’t get me wrong, there’s something to be treasured about having a few moments to work out in solitude. But if given the chance to walk with some friends, usually mommy friends, I’m always down!  I lovingly refer to these walks with friends as “Walking Clubs,” dating back to when my high school best friend (still my BFF to this day) and I would spend our summers walking through our childhood neighborhood.

What’s the appeal of a mommy walking club?  (Aka “stroller strides” as I’m told it’s referred to by some). Well for starters, it kills 3 birds with one stone: exercise, socialization and gabbing! Not necessarily in that order either, depending on the day.

Here are my top 5 reasons for loving myself a good ‘ole walking club:

  1. I like being physically active when I can or am in the mood to be.  Sometimes that’s going to the gym, other times it’s doing a 20-minute video in my house and other times, it’s taking a walk around my neighborhood.

  2. Exercise feels like less of a chore when it’s combined with friends!

  3. It’s nice to be able to get together with friends, with or without kids, and spend time doing something we don’t always get to do together.

  4. Walking – and I’m talking power walking here – is juuuuust intense enough for me to sweat and feel like I’ve done something good for my body without the commitment of an actual run.  Perfectly my speed! And kudos to those of you who DO run!!!

  5. If your kids are young enough, it’s a great opportunity to get everyone up and out of the house together!  A change of scenery always did well for me when I had babies in a stroller who came along for the ride.

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Tis’ the season to be out and walking. Happy strolling, everyone!


Julia holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, advanced Clinical Certificates from NYU, and certification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Julia can best be reached at      julia.hochstadt@gmail.com      or via her website      www.therapywithjulia.com     .

Julia holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, advanced Clinical Certificates from NYU, and certification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Julia can best be reached at julia.hochstadt@gmail.com or via her website www.therapywithjulia.com.


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