Try A Heart-Healthy Activity in SMP
Stephanie Walton, Chief of Marketing & Communications
February may be Heart Health Awareness Month, but Summit Metro Parks offers activities to help keep your ticker in shape year-round! With a variety of naturalist-guided programs and activities to enjoy on your own, SMP has something for every age, interest and ability.
On an SMP Distance Hike, you can expect to travel about five to six miles at a moderate pace with a naturalist. At Hike for the Health of It programs, participants will cover four miles at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but please remember to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Or, get fit while you sit! Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities!
Whether you prefer to exercise solo or with a group of friends, there are endless opportunities to enjoy in the Metro Parks! Here are a few ideas:
As the park district’s most popular trail, the Jogging Trail draws thousands of visitors every year to walk, run or yes, jog alongside Sand Run Parkway. It’s popular with all ages and stroller friendly.
With nearly 70 miles of bike trails, you’re sure to find one you love in SMP. Take a spin on the multipurpose Towpath, Bike & Hike or Freedom Trails, or try your hand at mountain biking at the Mountain Bike Area in Hampton Hills Metro Park.
SMP offers both lake and river paddling, as well as boat rentals at some locations. Several parks also offer access to the state-designated Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas River Water Trails.
Next time you want a workout, try doing it in nature! Check out the programs and event page on our website for more ideas.