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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: August 19, 2019

Get to stepping for heart health this fall


Did you know walking just 30 minutes a day can make lasting impressions on your overall health? Whether you prefer getting your steps in outside or indoors, Plano Parks and Recreation has got you covered!

Important benefits of walking include:

  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • Stronger bones and improved balance
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance

Our recreation centers provide an array of treadmills, recumbent bikes, and other easy-to-use workout machines, as well as walking tracks perfect for stretching your legs. And with monthly memberships as low as $19 a month adult residents, you can get your steps in year round without breaking the bank.

In addition to its recreation centers, Plano’s hike-and-bike trail system is equally popular among people of all ages and demographics. In fact, our trail counters indicate there are more than 11,000 users along our trails in a typical week.

“We are on pace to h_DSC8115_WEBave an increase of more than 52,000 users per year. This is unexpected but great news given that we’ve also seen a considerable uptick in rainfall for the year compared to last year,” Trail System Planner Lance Knox said. 

Trails are used from sun up to sundown—on a typical weekday, trail use begins around 5 a.m. and winds down at 11 p.m. Early morning is a great time to take to the trails during these hot summer months. (Be sure to apply sunscreen and bring some water to stay hydrated. If evening walks are more your thing, don’t forget the DEET!)

Want to learn more about our trail counters? This map shows the location of all the counters within our trail system. You can also find out more about Plano’s five recreation centers and all of their amenities at Outdoor adventurers can check out trail maps, rules of the road, and additional information by visiting our Parks & Trails page.

Thank you for helping keep our trails and recreation centers safe and clean for fellow users!

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