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Walking For Your Health
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Town Administrator, Leon Gaumond, walks the Mass Central Rail Trail
with residents and Town Clerk, Kim Hopewell

Walking is an activity enjoyed by many Americans as a way to reduce stress, stay physically active, and enjoy other people's company and the great outdoors.  It doesn't take practice and the benefits are many - from reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes to helping to manage your weight.

 Walking at a moderate rate for an hour a day provides lots of health benefits.  And you don't have to do it all at once.  Studies have shown that there is no reduction in benefits if you walk for four 15-minute periods rather than an hour at a time.

Remember: Always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Here are some tips to help you keep your walking routine:

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Walk on your lunch hour.  Walk to and from errands.  Slip small 5 to 10 minute walks into your day whenever you can.
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Find a friend to walk with you - it makes time pass more quickly.
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If you are planning a meeting, need to talk business with someone, or need time to think something through, do it while walking.
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Try walking early in the morning.  The extra energy you get from the walk will make it all worthwhile.
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Buy new walking shoes to motivate you to start and keep going.
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Always bring your walking shoes to work so you can be ready at a moment's notice.
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When the weather doesn't cooperate, walk in a mall, buy a treadmill, or join a fitness center with treadmills.
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Alway make sure you are well hydrated, especially on hot days.
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Try a different route if yours starts to feel stale.  Or walk through the woods or on the beach to change the pace.

Where to walk in West Boylston?  One of the nicest places to walk in West Boylston is along the Mass Central Rail Trail.  The Rail Trail meanders along side of the Quinapoxet River for about 3 miles.  The parking lot is on Thomas Street, near the intersection of Route 140 in Oakdale.  See the Wachusett Greenways and the Mass Central Rail Trail sites for more information.

Find more information on Walking and your Health at these locations:






 
Town of West Boylston 127 Hartwell Street, Suite 100, West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone: 508-835-6240 Fax: 508-835-4102
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