Heart Healthy Trails
New initiative helps improve physical and mental health outdoors
If you’re looking for a fun way to get in shape, take your workout outdoors. In fact, exercising outdoors provides benefits the traditional gym workout does not — and just 30 to 40 minutes of exercise a few times a week will improve your heart health.
To make it easy for you to exercise outdoors, Five Rivers MetroParks has launched a Heart Healthy Trails initiative. These trails are:
- Easy to moderate
- 1 to 2.5 miles long
- Walkable at a brisk pace
- Marked every quarter mile to help you track your pace
These are easy, entry-level trails on paved or flat surfaces without a lot of elevation change. The American Heart Association recommends walking at a brisk pace of 24 minutes per mile and work toward walking at least 2.5 miles per hour. Signage located every quarter mile on the Heart Healthy Trails allows you to calculate your pace.
MetroParks has designated three Heart Healthy Trails and plans to add additional trails in the coming months.
Island MetroPark Paved Loop
This trail is a paved half-mile loop around the perimeter of the park. Enjoy walking by beautifully landscaped beds while taking in views of the Stillwater River. You can also check out “Ashzilla,” one of the biggest trees in MetroParks, a large white ash tree close to the parking lot. You may need to walk the loop two or three times to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise.
Wolf Creek Trail
This trail starts in Trotwood at the Olde Town Depot, located at the intersection of Wolf Creek Pike/Main Street and Broadway. This paved recreation trail is marked every quarter mile, so you know when to turn around to get the distance you desire. If you continue along the trail, it will take you to Sycamore State Park.
Germantown MetroPark Wetlands Loop Outing
Coming Soon! This Heart Healthy Trail is on new natural surface trails at the park that take you by wetlands and into a pollinator prairie, dubbed the Monarch Project. This heart healthy loop includes portions of the purple, brown and orange trail loops for a total of 1.7 miles. You can connect to Germantown’s extensive trail system via the orange trail. Access is available for the Wetland Parking Lot Trailhead on Boomershine Road.