Five Rivers MetroParks has launched a Heart Healthy Trails initiative to help people improve their physical and mental health outdoors.
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Five Rivers MetroParks has launched a Heart Healthy Trails initiative to help people improve their physical and mental health outdoors. Three existing trails recently were designated as Heart Healthy Trails, with plans to launch an additional two trails in upcoming months.
According to the American Heart Association, just 30 to 40 minutes of exercise a few times a week will improve heart health. Additionally, exercising outdoors provides benefits traditional gym workouts do not, including a reduction of depression and stress, an increase in vitamin D and more.
Heart Healthy Trails make it easier for people to exercise outdoors because they’re:
“These are easy, entry-level trails on paved or flat surfaces without a lot of elevation change,” said Angie Sheldon, MetroParks outdoor recreation coordinator. “Signage on the trails also helps people start walking outdoors as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Each trail is a little different, depending on the location and length, so people can try them all or pick a favorite.”
The American Heart Association recommends walking at a brisk pace, working toward walking at least 2.5 miles per hour or 24 minutes per mile.
MetroParks’ Heart Healthy Trails are:
The Heart Healthy Trails are featured in MetroParks’ mobile app, powered by OuterSpatial, allowing trailgoers to easily navigate the trails, locate amenities and more. Download the app at www.metroparks.org/mobile.
Learn more about MetroParks’ Heart Healthy Trails by visiting www.metroparks.org/heart-healthy.