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Running vs Walking to Lose Weight

When you start a new exercise program, a few workout buddies can make all the difference in the world. As humans, we all love to socialize and the same is true when it comes to exercise. The time goes by a little faster, the physical work is a little less tedious, and you have more motivation when you exercise with other people. This is why many women like to run with a running club.

Besides offering a social element, running programs can help you meet your fitness goals. Your fellow runners can offer you encouragement, tips, and support when you are trying to meet your goals. With the help of others, you will be able to achieve any running goal you set for yourself. Running clubs can also connect you with people who have similar interests and experiences in addition to a love for running.

Finding a Running Club

The first step to finding some local running programs is to look on the internet. There are many sites that will give you a list of all the running clubs in your area. Some running clubs even have their own websites where you can learn more about the program. These running clubs may only list meet-up times and give minimal information. Before you show up for the run, be sure that the running club meets your needs.

Running level

Consider your running level before joining any running club. If you are an advanced runner, it doesn’t make sense to run with beginners. You will want to push yourself and the best way to do this is to run with people who are at your level or even more experienced. Your running partners can give you helpful tips and also encourage you to run harder and faster.


Some running programs may focus on a certain type of terrain such as: mountain, wilderness, urban, or track running. What type of running do you like to do? If terrain will make a difference, then be sure to investigate whether the running club is specialized for a certain type of terrain.


Formal running clubs often have structured leadership team including coaches, event directors, and club directors. These formals clubs may also be sponsored by a national organization such as the Road Runners Club of America. Some runners may not feel comfortable with this type of formal structure. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, then you should choose a group that is more casual and informal.

No matter your running level, interests, or preferences, if you have struggled to stay motivated in the past then running clubs could help. One of the biggest reasons women fail at achieving their fitness goals is that they don’t feel inspired or encouraged. Does this sound like you? The last thing you need is just another fitness failure. Find a running club that works for you and start running with your new friends. When you see the results, you’ll be happy you joined a running club.

Resources in Sheridan, Wyoming for Meeting New Year’s Weight Loss and Fitness Goals

Happy New Year’s from Sheridan, Wyoming, everyone! With two weeks left to go before the doctor gives the okay for me to cut loose and start exercising again, it’s time to start looking at some of the options. For those who are local to Sheridan, Wyoming, there are some excellent low-cost resources for losing weight in accordance with those New Year’s resolutions, which will allow us all to keep up with those plans of action even in the bitter cold weather.

Depending on which part of Sheridan you’re living in, there is a great option for general fitness training that will help get you conditioned for the warm months. My personal favorite option is the Holiday Inn – and not just because it’s near my own home, not far from Sheridan Community College. The Holiday Inn offers a great monthly price for the use of their pool, hot tub, sauna, and weight room. For just $15 per month for an individual or $35 per month for families, you can have unlimited access to these particular amenities. The pool room (which also includes the hot tub and sauna) closes at 11:00 p.m., but you can go to the weight room at any time of day or night, it’s open 24 hours!

I used to go to the Sheridan, Wyoming Holiday Inn weight room regularly, and have yet to have to share the place with anyone I didn’t bring with me. They have a recumbent exercise bike, a couple of treadmills, a couple of great elliptical machines, and some great weight-lifting machines that allow you to really target different areas of your body for great toning. I used to be quite a night owl, and really loved having this option that would allow me to work out at 1:30 in the morning, and it’s a lot safer than the bike path at night.

The YMCA has some awesome weight rooms and pools, though you do have to abide by their set hours. One of the great benefits of the Sheridan YMCA, though, is that they offer time with fitness experts to help you develop a good weight training regimen for yourself that is custom-tailored around any weaknesses you may have. For instance, when I was going there regularly I had a bad left knee and a weak left wrist from a previous break. They were able to explain what kind of limitations this put on me, and suggest some great exercises to help strengthen my weak points. The YMCA also boasts some great classes and teams to help super-charge your exercise goals – including Tae Kwon Do and indoor soccer.

Finally, Sheridan, Wyoming, does still boast a very discreet Curves that is located just off of main street. It’s very central, and it’s in a basement so no one can even look in the windows at you exercising. An enthusiastic Zumba group meets regularly at Scotty’s Skate Castle, and the Sheridan bike path is a beautiful scenic walk, run, or ride even in the middle of winter.

My own New Year’s resolutions include attending at least three fun runs this year, and I hope to see some of you there, or have others join in a similar goal from distant locations. I also plan on reducing my post-baby dimensions down to a point that I am comfortable with, and I will shortly be posting my current and goal measurements for the year. I do not own a scale, and while weight may be somewhat important, I do believe that the inches are even more telling of progress – and I have measuring tapes. Once the weather warms up a little bit, I plan on including the Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter into my normal fitness routine as well – do not underestimate the motivational power of a dozen pairs of puppy-dog eyes begging you to take them for a walk, too, before you pack up and go home for the day.

Where are you reading this from? I’d love to hear about fitness opportunities in your particular area that other readers may be able to benefit from. Please post a comment with your location (or, if you’re uncomfortable giving it, just the state) and the types of opportunities you’ve found in your area that might help others keep their fitness goals.
With that, Happy New Year’s to all, and may your resolutions become your reality this year. It takes a lot of work to make most resolutions come true, but deliberate action can achieve even your wildest goals, so hang in there!