Walk Michigan encourages community residents to utilize parks and trails to increase physical activity and
improve physical and mental health.
Parks and trails have a key role to play in increasing physical activity among Michigan residents. Not only will physical activity programming in the great outdoors help prevent obesity and reduce the incidence of chronic medical conditions, it also has been shown to improve mental health and reduce stress. In addition to the benefits of physical activity, mere exposure to nature has been shown to increase ability to cope with life stressors, increase self-esteem, enhance capacity to pay attention, and lead to greater life satisfaction.
Introducing residents to a walking program in their local parks and trails will instill healthy lifestyle habits, create an understanding of the benefits of physical activity, and expand familiarity with the physical activity and fitness opportunities and resources that exist locally.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE WALK MICHIGAN PROGRAM ARE:
- Participants increase their use of local parks and trails to be physically active and to become fit.
- Participants walk at least five days per week for eight weeks.
- By week four, all participants move for at least 30 minutes or more without stopping on every walk.
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