It's officially fall--time for festival foods, Halloween candy and Thanksgiving turkey. Which means it is the perfect time to exercise and keep those potential party pounds off.
Earlier this year, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) implemented the Healthy Heart Initiative. Under the program, 70+ trails across the commonwealth were designated heart healthy. Five of those trails are here on Cape Cod.
The program was started to get Massachusetts residents exercising and one of the best ways to do that is walking in one of the state's 158 parks. All of the Healthy Heart trails are approximately 1.5 miles or less with an activity level of easy or moderate, according to DCR. Signs bearing a big green heart mark each of the trails in the program.
Here on Cape Cod trails can be found in the following state parks:
According to the American Heart Association, a recent study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found that walking briskly can have the same benefits as running when it comes to fighting high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. The American Heart Association's Start Walking Now website is a valuable tool for locating healthy walks and logging your progress. The DCR's Healthy Heart walks trails are in the site's database and can be easily added to the online tracker.
To learn more about DCR's Healthy Heart Initiative, sign up for updates here.