Put Your Best Foot Forward: Walk Beside the Surgeon General

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Walka walka walka…no, we’re not talking about the Muppets’ return to TV (though that is pretty exciting). Recently, the Surgeon General issued a call to action to address major health issues like diabetes and cardiovascular disease by walking to good health. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities emphasizes both the innumerable health benefits to walking, and the importance of safe, accessible places for all community members to get out and enjoy fresh air and exercise.

Walking is a simple and simply wonderful way to improve and maintain health. Studies show a mere 30 minutes a day can boost muscular power and endurance, strengthen bones, and increase overall fitness. Major bonus, it’s free!

In the call to action, the Surgeon General calls upon city managers, law enforcement and community and public health leaders to prioritize maintaining public spaces, including working with residents to promote community and responsibility, and to support safe routes. (No one should be caught between a walk and a hard place, after all!)

Lucky for us, Longmont abounds in great walking opportunities. Here are some of our faves. Get out and walk your way, and send us your top places to explore! Share on our Facebook page or other social media, and include the hastag #HealthyLongmont!

What better way to discover the beauty and resources of Longmont than the St. Vrain Greenway? Miles of concrete bike paths, gravel walking paths, and nature trails welcome all with convenient access and routes linking parks, schools, and commercial areas across the city. The trail system suffered extensive damage during the flood of September 2013, but repair has been steady and significant. Keep up to date on the City’s flood information website.

The 3.5 mile mostly trail loop around beautiful McIntosh Lake is a clear favorite among all who work, live and play in our area. Currently being developed as a master-planned District Park, the lake area features two playgrounds and access for non-motorized boating.

Rabbit Mountain is located between Lyons and Longmont, and showcases over 2,733 acres with five miles of beautiful trails over sweeping grasslands and through ridge top pines.

With magnificent views of Longs Peak and the Front Range, all kinds of wildlife, a handicap-accessible fishing pier, 2.6 miles of park trails plus restrooms and picnic shelters, it’s no wonder Golden Ponds District Park is beloved in Longmont.

Lagerman Reservoir offers some of the best warm-water fishing around, plus boating, birdwatching, picnicking and gentle, scenic walking on the just over 1-mile loop circling the water.

September 19th closed out another fabulous season for Longmont’s popular ArtWalk, but it will be back, and you don’t want to miss it! ArtWalk began in 1996 as a monthly gallery hop sponsored by local arts organizations, and has grown to include live musicians, children’s art activities, live performances and more in its mission to festively integrate life and art in downtown Longmont.

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