Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to get outside and walk!
Not only is walking great for your physical health, it can also improve your mood and reduce stress. Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated and something as simple as a daily walk can help maintain a healthy weight, improve coordination, and has even been shown to prevent or manage heart disease and high blood pressure.
With all physical activity, a good technique is everything. When walking, be sure to keep your head up and look forward. Relax your neck, back, and shoulders but keep your back straight, not arched. Roll smoothly from heel to toe and gently swing your arms. That’s all there is to it!
Walking Trails Near You
Now that you have your technique down, it’s time to hit the trails. Below are a few of our favorite walking trails.
Cuyahoga Falls – Gorge Metro Park: Part of Summit Metro Parks, this 155-acre trail is great for casual hiking. It also includes fishing and picnic areas with grills and restrooms.
Hartville – Quail Hollow State Park: Located on Congress Lake Ave, this 701-acre park has a total trail length of 8.5 miles, is dog friendly, and even includes mountain bike trails.
Canton – Middle Branch Trail: This limestone trail connects Canton to Plain Township. Enjoy walking by the scenic Gervasi Vineyard and past Rice’s Nursery. The park also continues past Schneider Street and loops around GlenOak High School.
Massillon – Sippo Valley Trail: Approximately 8-miles, this trail is great for a casual walk or jog. The trail transitions from asphalt to limestone overlooking Sippo Creek for most of the route.
Now that you know where to go, hit the trails and walk!
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Source: (1) www.starkparks.com (2) http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261