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The Walking Book Club

Resources 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 you have to be moving to listen.

Here you will find links to previous TWBC updates, all resources, and answers to your frequently asked questions. 

The Walking Book Club Updates:

You can find past email updates here. Please comment and engage in our online Discussion Group. You can also follow us on Goodreads.

August Kickoff

August Kickoff

What is the month of August like in your neck of the woods? August will be straightforward for The Walking Book Club, but still full of goodness. I’m writing this from one of my favorite places in the world that refuels my soul. Honestly, I didn’t realize how low my...

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Crime, Twist of Mystery and Audie Winner

Crime, Twist of Mystery and Audie Winner

Quick check-in this week. (We were able to jump through all the COVID hoops to travel, so we’re getting a little sun and sand before dropping two kids at college. The magic of the ocean soothes my soul and refuels the spirit.) We're wrapping up July's selections. Give...

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Wow!

Wow!

It was another busy week for The Walking Book Club community! We hosted The Dearly Beloved author Cara Wall and narrator Kathy Keane for a book chat. Our new selections for August are announced below. Including the link to our free preview of The Night Swim! Thank you...

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Facebook group discussion, you will need access to a computer.
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 free audio books.

Here’s a comprehensive list of The Walking Book Club’s top 20 audiobook platforms as recommended by the members of our global community of book lovers in sneakers!

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 in our Facebook group, simply follow, join us at GoodReads or stay tuned in through email only.

What if I already read/listened to the selected titles or I’m not interested in them?
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.
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 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.
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.
I don’t use Facebook. How else can I stay connected?

Weekly emails are sent that summarize book extras and discussions. They 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. You can also connect with us on GoodReads.

How often are new selections introduced?
Each round is about five to six weeks in length.
Do you have a list of books that you can recommend?
Looking for your “next great listen?” Check out the Sneaker Reviews of our past selections. We rate the book on Motivation to Move, Narration Quality, and Overall Experience. Get it here. Also please feel free to ask community members in our discussion group (you’ll get a link to our Facebook Community in your welcome email).
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.
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 be mindful of “letting the cat out of the bag” when it comes to storyline. The idea is to listen only when moving, but it’s not a hard rule.
I didn't receive my welcome email, what do I do?
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