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Walking in Spa Park: Water along the way

Walkers stroll the Avenue of the Pines in Spa Park
Walkers stroll the Avenue of the Pines in Spa Park
Photo: Adam Lenhardt--Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Autumn is a great time of year for walking. The air is cool, but you don’t have to dig out your mittens yet. You can step briskly through the fallen leaves, swing your arms and enjoy your exercise to its fullest.

Saratoga Springs, New York, is full of tree-clad parks. The grandest of them, Saratoga Spa State Park, is called “the Public’s Resort” for good reason. On these 2,200 acres, you will find such diverse attractions as the elegant Gideon Putnam Hotel, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and 15 miles of paved roads and walking trails that wind past the landmarks.

Claire K. Schmitt and Judith S. Wolk detail the park’s paths in their book Natural Areas of Saratoga County New York: “Exercise was part of the health program of the Spa, and many walkways were built through the area, some covered but most open air.” Gentle terrain here makes for easy walking. You are able to set your own pace without laboring up and down hills, which is helpful for beginners.

Even when moving at a slower rate, remember your posture. TheWalkingSite.Com also reminds you to walk tall. Keep your body elongated. Hold your head up with your eyes forward. Your shoulders should be down, back and relaxed. Tighten your abdominal muscles and buttocks, and fall into a natural stride. Some of the Spa Park paths follow streams through the woods, making for a cool, refreshing workout and pretty places for warm-up and stretching.

If you are seeking more water to keep yourself well-hydrated, you can find nine mineral springs in Spa Park.
These carbonated waters are rich in such minerals as sodium bicarbonate or sodium chloride, and each spring offers a slightly different flavor. This could be a nice change from the bottle of fruit-flavored water you’re toting—if you are feeling adventurous.