Benefits of Walking

Walking is good exercise, especially if you walk fast and get your heart rate up. Regular exercise can help you improve your fitness and energy levels, sleep better, and have a healthy body weight. Walking is ideal because you can do it anywhere. All you need is comfortable clothing and a good pair of shoes.   

Health experts in the United States recommend that adults do an activity such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Walk 10 minutes, three times a day, and you can still meet this guideline. Children need more exercise - an hour a day of moderate or more vigorous activity.

When walking briskly for exercise, people of all ages should start and end with 5 minutes of slower walking.  This will help to prevent injuries.

Use this map (attached) to help plan a walk in Chelsea. Walking distances are marked in various minute increments between each dot. You will find many different routes to follow.

This map resulted from a partnership of the City of Chelsea, the Healthy Chelsea Coalition, and WalkBoston to help Chelsea residents walk on a regular basis.  We hope you enjoy using it!

Suggested Routes

Try some of these routes or find a walk in your own neighborhood to fit walking into your daily life.

  1. At Mary O’Malley Park, enjoy views of the Mystic River industrial seaport and Tobin Bridge, with a boardwalk to Island End Park.
  2. Take a walk in historic Downtown Chelsea, home to many businesses, restaurants, and community organizations.
  3. Climb to the top of Bellingham Hill and enjoy views of Boston and the airport.
  4. For spectacular views of the Boston Harbor Islands and the Boston skyline, climb Lafayette and Crest Avenues to the top of Powderhorn Hill.
  5. The Riverwalk next to the Mill Creek offers views of the tidal salt marsh and a history through informational signs.
  6. In Prattville, walk to Washington Park, the former Prattville School, and Voke Park.

File Attachment: : Chelsea Walking Map