Walking is a great and easy workout for people of all ages. Not only does it help you maintain a health lifestyle, but it’s a free way to exercise! You can also easily intensify your walking routine with a faster pace, longer distance, or use of hand/feet weights to make it effective for people of all athletic abilities.
Some benefits of walking include prevention of various conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It also strengthens your bones and muscles, lifts your mood and improves balance.
It’s very easy to fit walking into your day. During your lunch break, take a stroll around your office or take a walk outside. On the weekdays, take a short 30 min walk around your neighborhood after dinner. Avoid taking the elevator or escalator to add in some extra steps to your day. And on the weekends, head to a nearby park or lake and take a longer walk while enjoying the scenery.
To see just how many steps you take a day, carry a pedometer on your hip.
Johnston County Walking Trails
Not sure where to go walking in Johnston County? We’ve found some walking trails and parks that are worth checking out.
Here in town there’s the Neuse RiverWalk and Buffalo Creek Greenway, located in Smithfield’s historic Town Commons. Here you can enjoy the 3 mile walking trail, fish and a picnic. The boat ramp is located at the end of Front Street for canoes and kayaks. Trail entrances are located throughout downtown Smithfield and at the back of Smithfield Community Park.
In Clayton there are a lot of options. The Community Park offers picnic areas, tennis courts, volleyball courts, ½ mile walking trail, playgrounds, athletic fields, and a wildlife viewing area. The East Clayton Community Park has a soccer field, baseball filed, 1 mile walking track, and a picnic pavilion. There is also the Sam’s Branch Greenway with a 1.25 mile trail which also connects to the Clayton River Walk. This walking trail is still in the works, but will eventually become part of the 1,000 mile Mountains-to-Sea trail. For those with dogs, there’s also the East Clayton Dog Park that includes two small and large dog enclosures.
The Clemmons Educational State Forest is also located in Clayton. There are picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters that include a fire place and plenty of seating. The trails include the forest demonstration trail, talking tree trail, and forest geology trail with talking rocks.
In Four Oaks, explore the many walking and hiking trails at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center. Howell Woods is a unique 2,800-acre natural resource designed to provide excellent educational experiences while fostering environmental stewardship. At Howell Woods, you can experience a variety of environmental education programs and recreational activities. Go hiking, camping, canoeing, bird watching, hunting, fishing, and more!
No matter where you live or what your schedule is like, there are plenty of ways to make walking part of your routine!