Walking is the first step to a new way of seeing the world! It’s one the easiest ways to incorporate exercise into your day. Select a route that is quiet and away from cars.
You don’t have to walk everyday. Start slowly and work your way into a healthy habit. Consider trips where walking is easy to get to your destination such as your local grocery store or park.
Consider why you want to walk
Are you looking get more fit, save a little money or find a little energizing time? Whatever your motivation is, know ahead of time, so you’ll be more inclined to stick with it.
Generally, a person weighing 120-150 pounds will burn approximately 80 to 100 calories per mile walked. By walking just one hour a day, you can lose 30 pounds in 7 months.
Combine Your Trip
Consider taking the bus and getting off a couple of bus stops early or carpooling and parking in one of Concord’s parking garages and walking the rest of the way. You’ll be able to build walking into your day. Walking to work for just 10 minutes instead of spending unnecessary time looking for a parking spot is a better use of your time.
- Generally people who walk are happier, say hello and meet more people.
- Walking is stress free. You’ll find yourself saving money and avoiding speeding tickets.
- Using your two-feet and a heart beat is good for your soul and your health.
- You could save up to $9,000 a year not driving alone to work
What to Wear
If you are walking at sunset, use a flashlight. Wear bright colored clothing so that cars can see you. Wear sneakers or other clothes with reflective materials on them (some backpacks and wind pants have reflective materials on them too.)
Dress in layers for the appropriate season and wear a comfortable pair of shoes to get around. In the winter, make sure to get something like YakTrax to put on your shoes for better traction.
What to Pack
Keep well hydrated. It’s good to plan ahead and bring a little water for your excursion. Bring a snack. When you have to go a long way make sure to dress in layers and carry a backpack.
Selecting a route
The route you drive to work will probably not be the one on which you head out to walk. Pick routes that are off major arterials that make it a more enjoyable experience. Take a look at the distance of your new commute.
Don’t forget to…
Always walk with a friend.
Cross streets at the corner, or at traffic signals or crosswalks. Stop at the curb or the edge of the road before crossing the street. Do not run into the street or run while crossing the street.
Look LEFT, RIGHT, and LEFT for cars, before crossing the street, even when crossing at a light or a crosswalk. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing the street because cars that are turning or backing up may not see you.
If you are on a road with no sidewalks, walk facing traffic, as far to the left as possible.
Concord Public Trails Map
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