Promoting a Healthy Community
- Commerce Drive Segment - .72 miles
- Dyck Arboretum Nature Trail - .5 miles
- Golf Course Segment - l .0 miles
- Hickory Street Segment - .7 miles
- Lincoln Blvd Loop - l .5 miles
- Walk with a buddy
- Vary your route
- Be aware of your surroundings: Watch for ice, water, bike riders, cracks in the pavement, or any other hazards in your path.
- Manage weight - Lengthen lifespan
- Reduce stress - Relieve arthritis and back pain
- Maintain a healthy heart - Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints
- Improve sleep - Reduce risk of breast cancer and type 2 diabetes
- Protect against hip fracture - Elevate overall mood and sense of well-being
- Prevent depression, colon cancer, constipation, osteoporosis, and impotence
- Start with keeping a comfortable pair of walking shoes and socks at your desk.
- Any amount of walking will be beneficial to your health. For best results, set a brisk pace and walk for 30 minutes at least 5 times a week
- You do not have to get all 30 minutes in at once. Walk during your work breaks for 15 minutes, twice a day, and you have met the minimum recommendations. (It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk one mile). How far is that work meeting? Can you walk there?
- Walk briskly using the Talk Test to measure your intensity. You should be able to barely maintain a conversation while walking.
- Swinging your arms is a great way to increase the intensity of your walk and provide an upper body workout.
- Stair climbing is an excellent activity for your heart and perfect for inclement weather. Try walking up and down the stairs in your building. (You can burn approximately 10 calories per minute of stair climbing)
- Talk to your doctor about the best exercise program for you.
Hesston Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan (pdf)