Metroparks Walking Works program | Sports & Recreation
There's still time to take steps toward better health and explore new trails while earning a 2012 Walking Works hiking shield through Cleveland Metroparks Walking Works program. And, the beautiful fall color season is a great time to do it!
With Cleveland Metroparks Walking Works program, participants hike at least eight of 13 designated trails on their own now through October. After completing each walk, date the Walking Works form. After completing at least eight walks, return the form to Cleveland Metroparks to receive this year's Walking Works walking stick shield. Walkers can display the shield on their own walking sticks or purchase a walking stick at any of the EarthWords Nature Shops.
Research shows walking leads to better health. Walking three to five times a week helps improve cardiovascular fitness, increases circulation, helps control weight, blood and cholesterol levels, and improve an overall feeling of well-being. Research also shows that increasing the number of calories burned by 2,000 a week can lead to a longer life.
Get those endorphins working as a Walking Works participant! Feel better while discovering the wonders of nature on 13 Cleveland Metroparks trails!
This year, take an easy hike in Bedford, Big Creek, Bradley Woods, Garfield Park, Mill Stream Run, and Rocky River reservations. Moderate walkers can hit the trails in Euclid Creek, Hinckley, Ohio & Erie Canal, and South Chagrin reservations. Those looking for a difficult hike will appreciate the challenging hikes in Brecksville and North Chagrin reservations.
Don't want to go it alone? Walkers who want to walk with others while learning about the natural features of the trails can join naturalist-led hikes along some of the designated trails are available. Look for naturalist-led Walking Works walks in the Emerald Necklace monthly publication or online at clevelandmetroparks.com.
For a list of the designated hikes and directions, and to download the Walking Works form visit clevelandmetroparks.com. Walking Works forms are also available at the three EarthWords Nature Shop locations at CanalWay Center, North Chagrin Nature Center and Rocky River Nature Center.
For more information, call 216-635-3204.
Take a step toward better health while enjoying fall colors on the Walking Works program of Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally.