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!
Try some of these routes or find a walk in your own neighborhood to fit walking into your daily life.
- At Mary O’Malley Park, enjoy views of the Mystic River industrial seaport and Tobin Bridge, with a boardwalk to Island End Park.
- Take a walk in historic Downtown Chelsea, home to many businesses, restaurants, and community organizations.
- Climb to the top of Bellingham Hill and enjoy views of Boston and the airport.
- For spectacular views of the Boston Harbor Islands and the Boston skyline, climb Lafayette and Crest Avenues to the top of Powderhorn Hill.
- The Riverwalk next to the Mill Creek offers views of the tidal salt marsh and a history through informational signs.
- In Prattville, walk to Washington Park, the former Prattville School, and Voke Park.
File Attachment: : Chelsea Walking Map