Walking for Wellness

By Katie Faulkner

 


Why Walk?

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, adults should average a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate activity a day in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But for busy working adults, limited time is an all-too-accessible excuse. Why not make it a little easier on yourself? Something as simple as brisk walking can provide that daily dose of activity!

With just 30 minutes away from your desk, whether during your lunch break, afternoon break, or as soon as you leave work, you can take advantage of the Chattanooga area’s scenic walkways and trails. Check out all of the mental and physical health benefits that walking can provide; then try out some of the walking areas we’ve listed.

Physical
  • Weight maintenance
  • Increased blood flow and circulation
  • Management of blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease
  • Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Strengthened muscles and bones
  • Improved coordination and balance
  • Immune system support
  • Vitamin D exposure (for outdoor walkers)
Mental
  • Improved mood
  • Better sleep
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Mental alertness and clarity
  • Potential to ward off dementia
  • Decreased anxiety, fatigue, and depression

Besides feeling better, looking better, and improving your health, walking during the workday can boost productivity and help you tackle the rest of your day. Walking after your workday helps build sustained energy and sends you home energized to enjoy your personal time.

Local Areas to Walk

Downtown & NorthShore

Tennessee Riverwalk 13-mile path with wide walkways following the river

Walnut Street Bridge  Scenic pedestrian bridge that connects downtown and NorthShore

Coolidge Park  Landscaped, open park with sidewalks, fountains, and scenery in NorthShore

Aquarium Plaza  Landscaped park surrounding the Tennessee Aquarium downtown

Renaissance Park  23-acre urban wetland in NorthShore with sidewalks and trails

Ross’s Landing Located on the riverfront near the aquarium and Tennessee Riverwalk


Area Greenways & Trails

North Chickamauga Creek Greenway  Accessible from numerous parking areas, this trail spans bluffs, woods, and pasturelands from Greenway Farm north toward the Cumberland Plateau.

South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Similar to the previous greenway, this stretches through the urban areas of South Chattanooga.

Stringers Ridge  92 acres of wooded trails in North Chattanooga

Guild-Hardy Lookout Mountain Trails  This mountainous trail passes under the Incline Railway near Ruby Falls and several Civil War markers.

There are several other greenways and trails, plus tons of neighborhood parks, all with beautiful walking space available, listed in the 2018 Chattanooga Resource & Relocation Guide®! Check it out at chattanoogaresourceandrelocation.com.

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