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Resolving to walk is no pedestrian goal

Melissa Laeser

The U.S. Surgeon General’s guidelines call for at least 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. “The best scientific evidence has demonstrated that a daily 30-minute brisk walk is important for health,” Guy C. Le Masurier, a doctoral student at Arizona State University East in Mesa, Ariz., wrote in the January-February issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal.Walking is an excellent form of transportation. I encourage people to walk to work all the time. I realize that walking to work is not an option for the intercity commuters, but walking for other trips is viable way to get around. Walk to meetings, lunch, for errands and for exercise. It will assist in sustaining our quality of life and increase the overall physical activity you get in a day.Walking is a good way to burn calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, then it’s all about the calories. The more calories you burn, the more weight you can possibly lose. Be sure your walking speed is set at a fast pace. You can also measure your exercise level by walking 10,000 steps per day, but having 30-minutes of continued walking will burn more calories and lead to weight loss. A 30-minute brisk walk will use approximately 3,000 steps says Catrine Tudor-Locke, assistant professor of Health Promotion at Arizona State University. The city has many trails that you can use to meet your daily goal in walking. If your goal is 10,000 steps, walk around the city and look at the beautiful neighborhoods. There are beautiful, historic homes in downtown Glenwood Springs, and the newer neighborhoods show a wonderful variety of architecture. Just step out your door or leave your office and you can start exercising. If your goal is 30 minutes a day, walk the trails around town. A 30-minute walk should travel approximately two miles at a brisk pace. Several loops in the City are about two miles. One example is starting downtown, traveling over the Colorado River on the pedestrian bridge, walking through Two Rivers Park and back to downtown along the River Trail and Seventh Street.The City’s Web site has an interactive map showing all walking trails. Visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and look on the homepage for the picture link to GIS mapping. It is a great community resource and can help with your walking needs. For information about the region’s active transportation system and alternative transportation choices, please log onto http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us, email try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or call 384-6437.Construction UpdatesThe Wing Street on the east side of the Grand Avenue Bridge will be closed for a couple of hours Friday morning. No vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian traffic will be allowed. Follow posted signs for detours.Melissa Laeser is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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