The benefits of exercise are becoming more and more apparent, however finding the time during our busy day to exercise isn't always easy. One of the advantages of walking is you need very little equipment or training. Recent studies have found a connection between the amount of time spent sitting and some cancers. Here are just some of the health benefits of incorporating a daily walk into your route:
Walking also helps reduce fuel expenses as well as your "carbon footprint"
The Township of Wilmot is proud to offer nearly 58km of trails throughout the Township for walking and hiking. These trails are offered by various levels of government and/or the Avon Trail Hiking Club.
It is common in Canada that we experience temperatures well below freezing. This causes freeze/thaw cycles, which may cause ice to form on sidewalks and trails. Please take extreme caution where walking in the winter months. Please take extra time to dress appropriately, and take extra time to get to you destination.
Cycling is an activity that is growing in popularity. The benefits of cycling are similar to walking, as it improves your overall health and reduces the impact on the environment. The Region of Waterloo recognizes these benefits and has been working towards a ten year goal of providing greater connectivity through the use of a Cycling Master Plan. If you would like more information on cycling in Waterloo Region, information can be found on the Region of Waterloo Cycling page.
One interesting feature that is offered by Google Maps is the promotion of other modes of transportation, and the option to find the quickest route from one location to another. All that is required is a start location and finish location. There is an option to change the mode of transport from driving, transit, walking, cycling and flying.
(Hint: the bike option shows more trails and walkways than the walking option)
The Region of Waterloo has a similar program. It does not offer route planning, it will show in great detail the trail system throughout the Region.