Walking improves our health. The Arthritis Foundation lists twelve benefits of walking including improved circulation, weight management, improved mood and better sleep. Consumer Reports acknowledges that a better memory and lower stress levels are benefits derived from walking. The Harvard Health Blog states that walking helps us have “a longer life with less disability.”
Snow, ice, rain and other safety issues are not a barrier to walking year-round. There are several FREE indoor walking venues in our community. Visit these locations to take advantage of the benefits of walking.
Oregon. Clay High School. Open to anyone in the Oregon school district. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 4-7pm. Prior registration required (the form is online at Oregoncityschools.org, search for “Walking Club”).
East Toledo. “Walk the Halls” at Waite High School. Monday through Friday, 3-5 pm. Obtain credentials through the East Toledo Senior Center. 419-691-1429.
West and South Toledo. University of Toledo. Rocket Hall, Health Science Campus, University Hall. Search Rocket Wellness Menu at utoledo.edu for details and maps.
Perrysburg. Commodore Building Gym (419-874-9131) and Perrysburg High School (419-874-3181). Monday through Friday, 8am – 3pm the school is not using the gyms. Check in at the main desk and obtain a badge.
Maumee. Administration Building, 9am-3pm, Door 1, 419-893-3200. Gateway Middle School, 6-8pm, Door 15, 419-893-3386.
Sylvania. Tam-O-Shanter. 419-882-1500. Monday through Friday, 9am-noon, on the turf field in the Field House on the west side
of the building.
Toledo/Sylvania. Westfield Mall. The mall opens at 8:30am for “mall walkers.” Two laps around the mall equals 1.5 miles.
Multiple locations. Lowe’s stores in Sylvania, N. Toledo, Perrysburg and Adrian, MI. are dog-friendly and “love their walkers.” 6am-9pm Monday-Saturday and 8am-9pm Sunday. The best times are the early hours when the stores are less busy.
Visit these locations to derive the health
benefits of walking year-round!