City of Plano Parks & Recreation Blog

Posted on: August 11, 2017

Walk your way to good health

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Walking is the most popular form of physical activity in the United States. Before the days of wearable tech, it was difficult to track one’s progress. However, having the ability to track one’s steps can give him or her the motivation to reach such milestones every day.

Sure, we may be making fewer trips by walking and biking than in generations past. Most of us probably spend too much time in our cars than we would prefer, but in truth, Americans are walking much more than they realize.

Experts suggest getting in at least 10,000 steps each day (about five miles). According to an article by Prevention Magazine, walking 30 minutes a day is the new “proverbial apple” to keeping the doctor away. Do you live near a park or trail system? Then you are two to three times more likely to take a walk within a two-day period than your counterparts who have no parks near their home.

Plano Parks and Recreation understands the importance of enhancing accessibility to our parks and trails as a means of promoting walkable communities. People are more likely to walk when they feel protected from traffic and safe from crime and hazards. Therefore, we work hard to ensure that our trails are properly maintained to avoid injury and provide a safe environment for wheelchairs, strollers and the visually impaired.

All it takes is 30 minutes, so get out there and walk your way to good health!

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