Just because you're over 55 doesn't mean you can't live a healthy, active lifestyle. Walking provides people of all ages with a low-impact way to stay fit and keep moving, but many walkers don't want to go it alone. If you live around the metro area, good news -Atlanta hosts many walking clubs for seniors that can help you keep that spring in your step.
McDaniel Marchers at McDaniel Farm Park
3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth. 770-822-8840. www.gwinnettcounty.com.
Imagine strolling through beautiful McDaniel Farm Park with new friends and great conversation. The McDaniel Marchers meet on the third Wednesday and Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and welcome anyone interested in walking together around the 1930's preservation farm. There is a yearly due of $5 per person which includes a celebratory milestone event at the end of the year.
Golden Trotters Walking Club at JP Carr Gym
90 Hardin St. SW, Conyers. 770-278-7529. www.creeksideconyers.com.
If you're looking for a regular walking group that offers multiple fitness opportunities per week, consider joining the Golden Trotters Walking Club in Conyers. This active group meets at the JP Carr Gym Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. year round.
Central Steppers Walking Club at Central Library
1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta. 404-730-1781. www.atlantadowntown.com.
Join the Central Steppers Walking Club every Tuesday for an hour of walking with other active seniors like you in Atlanta. With a warm up, cool down, invigorating walk and information sessions with tips for living a healthy lifestyle, this weekly group has it all.
New Life Walkers Club at the Cobb Senior Wellness Center
1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100, Marietta. 770-528-5355. www.cobbcounty.org.
Enjoy all the amenities at the Cobb Senior Wellness Center while getting fit with new friends by joining the New Life Walkers Club. They meet for an hour of walking on the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Marietta.
North Cobb Hiking Club at the North Cobb Senior Center
4100 Old Highway 41, Acworth 770-974-2984. www.northcobbhikingclub.weebly.com.
This group of mostly retired walkers and hikers meet once per week to enjoy all the beautiful trails around North Georgia. Hikes range from 4 to 6 miles and take place within 25 miles of the Cobb Senior Center in Acworth. For new hikers, the North Cobb Hiking Club recommends bringing a hiking pole or two, wearing hiking shoes, bringing water and packing a couple energy bars in case you get hungry along the way.