A walkable downtown is a goal many Main Street programs across the country strive for and it involves a lot of planning. It’s a great benefit to a downtown because it keeps the public moving on foot from shops to restaurants and other destinations in the district. Walking has numerous benefits, including creating that sense of place and community as you see familiar faces you pass or maybe have a conversation with someone new. Overall, walking promotes good health and relieves stress – two very important issues to tackle in today’s fast-paced world.
Downtown Denton has become a walkable downtown over the past several years and parking lots throughout downtown offer many options for walking to your favorite establishment. So, it’s no wonder that National Walking Day on April 6 will kick off in Downtown Denton. Seniors in Motion, located on Industrial Street, is committed to keep Denton moving and you can start on Wednesday in Downtown Denton. You and your friends or c-workers can join together a form a team.
According to information given by Seniors in Motion, committing to walk for at least 30 minutes can help you get healthier and raise awareness about the importance of being physically active. On this day, millions of people throughout the United States will come together to take steps toward a healthier life for themselves, their families and their communities.
Here is some more helpful information Seniors in Motion provided to Denton Main Street Association about the benefits of walking.
Research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:
· Reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
· Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels.
· Prevent weight gain and lower the risk of obesity.
· Improve your mental well-being.
· Increase your energy and stamina.
· Reduce your risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer and colon cancer.
So, why not park a little farther and gain a lot more health benefits! Lace-up and get moving in Downton Denton in April. You won’t regret it and you will have some fun along the way.
MAKE WALKING AN ADVENTURE DOWNTOWN DENTON!
There are several choices to get active and options are around most corners in downtown, but simply starting to walk can go a long way. Walk to a yoga class, or walk to the gym, a healthy meal or feel less guilty after a sweet treat. And, then when it all pays off, go buy a new outfit!
There are numerous choices for destinations in Downtown Denton whether it’s business or pleasure. If you look around all of downtown and picked a different place to go each day it would keep you busy for more than 6 months.
Want to know how far it is to walk from parking lots in downtown? Take a look at this map and the overlay shows the distance of 1.1 mile from the Wells Fargo parking lot to places in these different areas on and beyond the square.
So, set your Fit Bit, or your watch, park the car and choose your destination and come celebrate National Walking Day in Downtown Denton on April 6! See you around and stay tuned for more walking routes and destinations posted on this blog during April.