Clearfield Trails Map
Walking the paths and trails of Clearfield City, whether it’s one of our park trails or the Canal or Rail Trail, can be a relaxing and invigorating activity. Just 30 minutes a day can significantly improve your health and do wonders for your mental and physical well-being.
Following is a quick guide to get you started on the path to good health and fun exercise.
Just starting a walking program? Consult with your doctor to ensure that you’re physically ready to hit the trails.
Benefits of Walking
Walking can be easier on the joints, and is a great way to get in shape. A regular walking program can help reduce body fat, strengthen bones, improve muscle tone, and increase energy. In addition, walking can promote an overall sense of well-being, aid in concentration levels, and increase energy expenditure by 300 calories per hour.
The most important thing to remember when dressing for a brisk walk is to wear loose, comfortable clothing that is lightweight and offers sun protection. Wear comfortable shoes that fit you well. Remember, in colder weather it’s wise to dress in layers, with material that whisks away perspiration from your skin. This allows you to remove layers as your body temperature warms. In warmer weather wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen (sunscreen in cold weather, too). There is no bad weather for walking, only bad choices in clothing.
Safety Tips When Walking
- Walking with others is the best way to be safe, and have more fun on your walks.
- Encourage family, friends, or a neighbor to join you.
- If you walk alone, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
- Don’t carry valuables with you.
- Carry your cell phone, but leave it off or on vibrate so you can enjoy the sounds of nature.
- Make sure you stay hydrated – drink plenty of water before, during and after your walk, especially on hot days.
- Be seen! Wear light-colored or reflective clothing, and carry a small flashlight if you plan to be out at dusk.
- Avoid exercising outdoors during extreme heat or cold temperatures.
- When crossing roads, be alert. Look, listen and think, and don’t turn your portable music device too loud so you won’t hear sirens, traffic and other walkers/bike riders.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and trust your instincts. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, turn around. Report any suspicious activity to the Clearfield Police Department at 801-525-2806, or if an emergency call 9-1-1.
- Don’t Overdo. Warming up and cooling down are an integral part of any exercise routine, including walking. Gradually warming up your muscles, and cooling them down after your walk can ease your body back into a resting state, as well as help prevent sore muscles. You should never stretch a “cold” muscle – walk at a moderate pace for about five minutes and then stretch your legs, lower back, feet and ankles. During cool down you may also want to stretch your shoulders, neck, and torso.
Tips on Stretching
- Ease into and out of a stretch
- Avoid bouncing
- Don’t stretch to the point of pain
- Hold the stretch for a count of ten, repeating twice or more
- Breathe evenly and relax.
- Most important, listen to your body – if you feel tired or ill, your body is telling you that it needs a rest.
Now go out and have some fun.