One of the big gifts of my novel The Wildwater Walking Club was that I walked 10,000 steps a day along with my characters as I wrote it. It made me remember that walking ALWAYS makes me feel better. (It also made me realize how much sitting on your butt you do as an author, but let’s not go there.)
“Now I knew that the hardest part of any workout was just putting on your sneakers. Once you got started, all you had to do was keep putting one foot in front of the other, no matter what was or wasn’t happening in your life, no matter how happy or sad you were. I’d taken that first step because I wanted to look better. I wanted my clothes to fit. But it hadn’t taken me long to figure out that the biggest benefit was less about vanity than it was about sanity. Walking always helped.”—The Wildwater Walking Club
I hope you’ll dust off your own pedometer and join The Wildwater Walking Club. All you have to do is:
Walk 10,000 steps a day. And call a friend or two to make it easier—unless like me, you’re never alone because you have characters (imaginary friends?) to walk with!
The simplest thing really can change your life. Walking…
Is easy to do!
Makes you feel better—way better!
Gives you time to spend with your friends
Helps you catch up on the latest gossip (see above)
Increases your mental well-being and focus
Helps control body weight
Helps reduce body fat
Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
Reduces high cholesterol
Lowers blood pressure
Increases bone density
Reduces risk of colon cancer
Figuring out your stride length for your pedometer:
My stride length is 2’9″, so for me 10,000 steps works out to be 5.2 miles. I usually do this in a long walk in the morning, plus either a shorter walk later in the day or a stint on the elliptical machine. It’s such a treat to get away from the computer!
Buy The Wildwater Walking Club (#1 Amazon Bestseller in Walking!):
“The Wildwater Walking Club follows 32 days in the lives of three neighboring women who come together for fellowship and understanding as they set their pedometers for their daily walks. Cook once again blends familiar and serious issues with her keen sense of humor to serve up a treat for her vast legion of fans.”—Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
“It’s a conflict—does Claire Cook’s new The Wildwater Walking Club make you want to hurry home from work to finish reading the novel, or make you want to hurry home from work to start your own walking club/clothesline activism group/lavender farm/relationship? Not that it matters, ’cause when it comes to a Claire Cook novel, it’s all good. If this book doesn’t make you laugh, cry, smile and yearn for change in your own life, you definitely need a new pair of sneakers!”—Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI
“Leave it to Claire Cook to make being downsized sound like so much fun! When Noreen takes a buyout and gets dumped by her smarmy boyfriend, she finds herself with a lot of free time. So she starts walking and meeting new people, and planting a garden and installing a clothesline, and basically enjoying herself. The Wildwater Walking Club is the perfect summer read!”—Laura Lucy, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH
“The women of The Wildwater Walking Club are a delightful trio, full of heart and determination. As they – literally – put one foot in front of the other, the three new friends find unlikely paths that point them toward more fulfilling lives. Their journey left me genuinely inspired (and with the curious urge to go out and buy a clothesline).”—Jean Reynolds Page
“The Wildwater Walking Club reminds of us what’s important in life–the joy of friendship, the power of a brisk walk, and of course the importance of a good book. This exhilarating novel made me want to call my friends and lace up my shoes. I couldn’t put it down.—Anisha Lakhani
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