First Strides® - North Myrtle Beach Workshop

Spring: 3/1/23 - 5/17/23 Little River, SC 29566 US Directions
Week 5 Email

Dear First Striders,

Another great Wednesday night!  The animal groups are working well and we are seeing your progress!
WEEK 5 HOMEWORK: Refer to the Training Schedule under Workshop Topics.

     ---  Interval Minutes - (2 Easy; 3 Hard) x 5 Repetitions.  Total = 35 minutes with warm up and cool down.
     ---  How often?  3 days again this week (every-other-day!)  Do NOT do 2 homework days in a row! Wednesday's workout counts as 1 of your 3 workouts).

TOPIC:  The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise 

Julie Mullins, MA, LPC, CCTP-II, with Orange Therapy, LLC spoke about the mental health benefits of exercise. Research has shown that people who exercise regularly tend to be resistant to many mental illnesses and that exercise can help to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and sleep disorders, for example. Contact Julie:;

Check out these handouts on our website under Workshop Topics:

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Why Women Run & Walk

Tips for Walking/Running Safety

TRAIL ETIQUETTE NOTE:  Many of our trails and bike lanes are narrow.  Be considerate of others.  Striding more than 2-abreast forces others from either direction to step off the path to pass you (not safe).  It's helpful for the passers to announce "Striders back" or "On your left" so you can shift to the right.  When striders are coming towards you, please move to your right (like vehicles) to share the road.  
ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT:  You are welcome to come whenever your life allows. Remember, we incentivize you to "earn" your graduation shirt by attending at least 8 of the 12 sessions.  We have 7 workshops remaining so you have plenty of time.  Presently, we have 28 Striders who have missed only 2 workshops, 40striders who have missed only 1 and 27 that have not missed any (100%).  Woo-hoo!  That’s excellent!
GRADUATION SHIRT SIZE:  Come early and try on shirts from past Graduations, available on the stage.  The women’s cut tends to run smaller in some sizes.  We will order what you request. 

Keep up the good work, do your homework and we'll see you next Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Check in with your group’s mentors when you arrive to get your attendance recorded.

Almost halfway!  Left, right … repeat.

Be Safe,

Jane and your mentors

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