Walking is one of the simplest, yet best exercises you can do, according to the Harvard School of Medicine. It can help you stay trim, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep blood pressure in check, lift your mood, and lower your risk for a number of diseases (diabetes and heart disease, for example). A number of studies have shown that walking and other physical activities can even improve memory and resist age-related memory loss.
All you need is a well-fitting and supportive pair of shoes. Start with walking for about 10 to15 minutes at a time. Over time, you can start to walk farther and faster, until you’re walking for 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week.
Several City Parks have walking tracks:
- Cavalier Terrace, 1901 Branch Street NW
- Lake Wilson Reservoir, 4621 Lake Wilson Road N, 2.5 mile loop
- Lane Street Park, 1802 Lane Street SE
- Linear Park, 306 Pender Street E
- Matthis Park, 1015 Forest Hills Road NW
- Paul Berry Park, 200 Kenan Street W
- Warren Street Park, 501 Bruton Street W
Buckhorn Lake has a 1.6-mile horse trail that is open to walkers (please be considerate of any riders you encounter). Entrances are on Johnson Farm and Sullivan roads. GPS: 9140 Johnson Farm Road, Kenly 27542
Wilson Medical Center also has a well-used walking circle. 1705 Tarboro St SW, Wilson, NC 27893
The city has plans for a greenway that would cross from Forest Hills Road to the west to U.S. 301 in the east. .
People looking for a bigger challenge may want to check out North Carolina State Park, Cliffs of the Neuse, Goose Creek, Medoc Mountain, and William B. Umstead State Park.
Want a faster pace? Learn about local running groups.