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Take a walk, Minnesotans!

Gateway Trail
Gateway Trail
Mary Thomas

There are many benefits to walking. According to the Mayo Clinic, as well as Drs. Oz and Roizen, some of the many benefits of walking include:

• Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes
• Lowers blood pressure and HDL cholesterol
• Lowers the chances of getting type 2 diabetes
• Helps manage weight
• Enhances mood
• Helps sustain mental clarity
• Helps manage stress
• Increases energy
• Helps to look and feel younger
• Boost the immune system
• Helps to remain strong and active

Now that we know what the experts say, it’s time to take a walk. Some of the many remarkable things about Minnesota are that even when it is cold, snowing, and blustery, there are still many locations where you can take a walk. In addition to Minnesota’s numerous paths and trails, there are many indoor areas to walk including tracks, skyway systems, and malls.

• Click HERE for a list of Minnesota malls, including location, phone numbers, hours, and lap distance.
• Click HERE for information regarding Minnesota walking groups and clubs to join.
• Click HERE for information on Minnesota State trails

References
Dr. Oz
Mayo Clinic