The Walking Book Club

Good for your brain and your body

Julie Kaminski Walking Book Club

The Walking Book Club

Good for your brain and your body

The Walking Book Club is a free online community designed to make exercise and activity more enjoyable, productive and fun. The only “rule” is that you have to be moving to listen.

Four times a year, we listen to a book on Audible.com while walking, running, cycling, or even doing otherwise-mundane chores around the house. Then we meet online to discuss the book – what we loved, what we learned – and to inspire each other to keep moving.

The Walking Book Club is for anyone who struggles with exercise or physical activity and would love a fun new way to “squeeze it in.” It’s also for readers who like fitness and would love a new exercise hack to add to their arsenal.
 

Reading has never been so invigorating

The Walking Book Club makes exercise and everyday chores more enjoyable while providing accountability, mental stimulation, and interaction and support from a virtual community.

The extra activity will improve your overall productivity, create, physical changes in your body and cells, and even help you lose weight. In fact, walking is the number one exercise of people who have lost weight and kept it off long-term!

Become a Walking Book Club Insider – it’s free!

Enter your name and email below to become a Walking Book Club Insider. You’ll receive unique Activity Guides for each book, access to our private Facebook community, plus other insider extras so you can track your progress and make lasting change.

The details:

A new book selection will be offered four times a year. Much like a traditional book club, you’ll have the option to meet with us to discuss the book from the comfort of your home. You’re invited to join us, comment, and engage in our online Facebook group.

Unlike traditional book clubs, we’ll infuse our time together with health-related tips and topics. And to add a little more accountability to the mix, we’ll set monthly goals for the time you spend moving or the number of steps you take. Increase your transformation by becoming a Walking Book Club Insider; track your progress with special activity guides and bonuses. It’s all about getting you in action!

All you need to participate:

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Audible download

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Sneakers

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Computer for access to Facebook & Zoom

Karen Hites testimonial for Julie Kaminski

The Walking Book Club increased my motivation and enjoyment of movement. When I move/exercise it not only helps me physically but also mentally. Exercise is a stress reliever and a mood enhancer for me. When I exercise, I feel like I am doing something for me because I am important too! Connecting with others in the Walking Book Club has been a great value to me as I’m a stay at home mom. Sharing my health and fitness goals and my love for books has been great.

– Laura

The Walking Book Club Facebook group is so valuable; I am more motivated and positive. Connection regarding something positive for myself is huge, even if it is only moments. It’s a mental break…rather like taking a moment to hug yourself 🙂 I get so busy that to be honest I don’t always have connection to people for MY life…goals…that sort of thing.

– Stacy

Karen Hites testimonial for Julie Kaminski
Karen Hites testimonial for Julie Kaminski

The best result that I received was finding the motivation to get up and get moving again in an effort to be healthier. A secondary benefit is that I have lost 5 pounds in the past 6 weeks! I have really enjoyed the books as they motivated me to walk. I was also very motivated by the weekly just-for-fun challenges and prizes. I liked having discussions on the Facebook page and getting to know some of the participants better.

– Karen

So what are you waiting for?

Stop forcing exercise and start enjoying physical activity.
Become a Walking Book Club Insider and track your progress with special activity guides, bonuses, and access to our private Facebook community. It’s all about getting you in action with motivation, camaraderie, and fitness you finally look forward to.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re considering joining the Walking Book Club you might have questions about logistics. This is an unconventional club, after all, not to mention an innovative way to build more movement into your life. These FAQs explain it all.

Is The Walking Book Club really free?

Yes! The Walking Book Club is my soul’s work; I want to help make Healthy-Body Happy-Mind easier. As my gift to you, all of The Walking Book Club materials that I create – the curriculum, forum, bonus materials – are also free.

What do I need to get started?

A device to listen to the audiobook, headphones if you choose, and a good pair of sneakers if walking is your choice of exercise or activity. If you want to participate in the optional discussion, you will need access to a computer for Zoom (for our wrap-up video meeting) and Facebook.

Is the audio book included?

Not at this time. There are a variety of platforms to access audio books. In addition, many public libraries now loan audio books. Here’s a link that compares audio book services.

Do I need to participate in Facebook conversation?

Nope. Nothing is mandatory. Many participants find the discussion enhances the experience, making it even more enjoyable. Here’s what one participant says about our discussion group: “I love discussing books. I learn so much from others. We all perceive through our own lenses on the world and interpret in different ways.” The choice is yours: engage a lot or a little, simply follow, or stay tuned in through email only.

Why should I join The Walking Book Club, anyway?

The Walking Book Club makes exercise and everyday chores more enjoyable while providing accountability, mental stimulation, and interaction and support from a virtual community.

The extra activity will improve your overall productivity, create physical changes in your body and cells, and even help you lose weight. In fact, walking is the number one exercise of people who have lost weight and kept it off long-term!

Much like a traditional book club, you’ll have the option to meet with us to discuss the book from the comfort of your home. You’re invited to join us, comment, and engage in our online Facebook group.

Unlike traditional book clubs, we’ll infuse our time together with health-related tips and topics. And to add a little more accountability to the mix, we’ll set monthly goals for the time you spend moving or the number of steps you take. Increase your transformation by becoming a Walking Book Club Insider and tracking your progress with special activity guides and bonuses. It’s all about getting you in action!

What if I already read/listened to the selected title or I’m not interested in it?

No worries! Pick something that excites and interests you. You still get goal setting accountability, bonus materials, and Healthy-Body Happy-Mind tips, tools and tactics for inspiration. We’re always looking for great selections and welcome recommendations.

Do I have to walk?

Nope. The idea is to make activity and exercise more enjoyable by engaging the mind while listening. You choose the activity – it could be walking, running, cycling, or even doing otherwise-mundane chores around the house, just as long as you’re active. We even have a few swimmers in the group who listen while doing laps.

What if my walking environment isn’t safe? Or the weather is bad?

Try listening while doing daily life activities, like chores around the house. One of my favorite non-exercise activities is prepping fruits, veggies and healthy meals. The Walking Book Club can make repetitive tasks like laundry more enjoyable.

How often are new selections introduced?

Formal rounds occur about four times a year. We often squeeze informal rounds in between.

What’s the difference between formal and informal rounds?

In general, formal rounds include weekly emails with bonus materials, weekly challenges, and daily posts. Informal rounds take place solely in our Facebook forums, The Walking Book Club with Julie Kaminski and The Walking Book Club Discussion Group.

I don’t use Facebook. How else can I stay connected?

Weekly emails accompany formal rounds and typically sum up the week’s listening material. My emails also include free bonuses, helpful links, and tips that help make Healthy-Body Happy-Mind easier. I welcome email correspondence and do my best to reply within 24 hours.

Can I complete the book at my own pace?

Yes! The beauty of The Walking Book Club is its flexibility. You choose when and where you listen and move. Nothing is mandatory. Some participants stay with the suggested schedule. Sometimes participants become so engaged in the listen that they keep moving. The only thing we ask is not to share story details if you listen ahead of schedule.

Do you have a list of books that you can recommend?

A list of past selections is coming soon. In the meantime, please feel free to ask in the discussion group.

What are Sneaker Ratings?

At the end of each selection, we rate the listen on a scale of 1-5 in the following areas: a) Did it motivate you to move more? b) How did you like the narration? and c) How was your overall experience with the audio book?

Are there any rules?

The only thing we ask is to keep storyline or details within the schedule time frame. You’re welcome to listen ahead, just don’t let the “cat out of the bag” for those who are keeping within suggested time frame. The idea is to listen only when moving, but it’s not a hard rule.

Karen Hites testimonial for Julie Kaminski

The Walking Book Club solved two problems for me; I missed being in a book club (time) and I do better with health goals when others are working with me. The Walking Book Club is perfect because I’m listening to great books and I’m part of a community of avid readers who are looking to improve their health. It’s fun and it works!

– Tricia

Julie’s walking book club is brilliant; once you get hooked into a good story, you also get hooked into movement! During my time with the walking book club I increased my frequency and length of my walks which in turn has me feeling happier and healthier. Thanks Julie!

– Jamie

Karen Hites testimonial for Julie Kaminski