From the American Heart Association: There are countless physical activities out there, but walking has the lowest dropout rate of them all! It’s the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health.
Research has shown that the benefits of walking and moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
• Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
• Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
• Improve blood lipid profile
• Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
• Enhance mental well being
• Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
• Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
• Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
There really are so many benefits for such a simple activity!
The thought of being alone can be enough to keep some people from walking. The best way to solve this is by finding a friend to walk with. You can plan walking paths that are convenient for both of you, or map out routes that take you places you’ve never been before. It’s a great way to exercise and spend time with friends! Visit our MyWalkingClubs website and connect with others!
Online walking maps
Click the map to view our online walking maps for the Stapleton, Park Hill, East Montclair, and Northwest Aurora neighborhoods:
Northeast Transportation Connections has partnered with Walk2Connect to create an engaging multi-faceted walking program across Stapleton and the surrounding Park Hill, Northwest Aurora, and East Montclair neighborhoods.
My Way to Go
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) has a new and comprehensive tool to help you find alternative commuting options. It’s called My Way to Go. Just enter your starting point and destination, and it will give you maps of the best walking, biking, public transit, and driving routes in your area. It will also help you form carpool and vanpool networks by searching for friendly commuters near you who are going in your direction. Try it out:
My Way to Go includes the fantastic Guaranteed Ride Home program which offers free taxi rides to commuters using alternative transportation modes in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as family emergency, stolen vehicle, unexpected change in shift schedule, etc. This program is available to those whose employers provide RTD EcoPasses or who pay for a stand-alone membership to the program. Check out the website for more information.
We’ve also printed high-quality weatherproof walking maps for each of the four neighborhoods. The maps are available at The Hub (open 10-4, Tues-Sun), Stapleton Info Gallery, and Stapleton Visitor Center.
This new website and mobile app from PlaceMatters and WalkDenver allows pedestrians to submit photos and descriptions of walking routes, street and intersection quality, obstacles, and safety hazards to the Department of Public Works to facilitate future improvements to Denver’s transportation infrastructure. Click here to learn more: