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Walk Kansas

Walk Kansas State Leader

Sharolyn Jackson
Sharolyn Flaming Jackson
K-State Research and Extension
1007 Throckmorton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506


A health initiative presented by Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service

Creating Relationships

Exercise can improve all aspects of lives, including relationships with your spouse or significant other, your family and friends.


How can exercise with others improve your relationships?

Time together.

With busy schedules, it is often hard to find time to exercise and also have quality time with your spouse, family and friends. Find something that you can enjoy with others – take a walk or go for a hike, attend a fitness class together, choose a group sport that allows for different levels of physical ability – anything that is enjoyable and gets you up and moving.

Communicate better.

Studies show that exercise helps you think more clearly, which is helpful when communicating with others. Being together as a family or your significant other while getting some exercise offers the opportunity to communicate.

Be a positive role model.

By being active together as a family, you help to establish a life-long healthy habit for your children. We know that active children are more likely to be active adults. This is an opportunity to help them find activities they enjoy and to understand the importance that physical activity plays in their health throughout life.

Have fun!

You are more likely to enjoy exercise in the company of others. If you enjoy exercise, you are much more likely to continue being active. Social connections are powerful and they can help you stick to a routine and make you accountable. Laugh together and don't take yourself too seriously.

Expand your social network and attract positive people.

Regular physical activity helps you feel better about yourself. Make sure you surround yourself with others who are positive and can be supportive of your lifestyle goals. This is an opportunity to make new friends and expand your social network with others who are positive to be around.

Celebrating Success!

Staff members at the KU Alumni Association formed teams and participated in the Walk Kansas program together. I think it improved our office morale and strengthened our relationships.
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