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Parks, Recreation and Tourism
|Phone: 757-382-6411||Email: PRGeneral@cityofchesapeake.net|
|Address: 1224 Progressive Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320|
Step It Up and Get Walking!
U. S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, has released a Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities entitled “Step It Up”. According to Dr. Murthy, physical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health, and walking is an easy way to get moving. Murthy emphasizes the connection between walking and parks and states,
“Parks and recreation are the centers of our communities and parks and recreation centers are also centers of health that help build a foundation for a healthier life.”
Only about half of American adults and about ¼ of American high school students get the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity. Dr. Murthy recommends the following:
Adults – at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity (like walking), 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination each week.
Children/Adolescents – 1 hour of physical activity every day (to include mostly aerobic activity and some muscle-and-bone-strengthening activities).
Chesapeake's Readily Available Resources:
- Chesapeake has over 70 parks and trails just waiting for you to explore—all free!
- All 8 community centers have state-of-the-art fitness equipment including treadmills that make walking easily accessible, even when the weather outside is cold and rainy!
Step Into Action:
- Form a walking group for better member accountability and walk at a scheduled time on a regular basis.
- Take walks with coworkers or a neighbor at lunchtime.
- Walk with the family after dinner.
Did you know short, but frequent walks in nature may improve mental health and even reduce stress?