Although fitness was at the top of millions of lists of resolutions created around the world, most locals are only now able to come out of hibernation — and the gym — to make a true attempt at incorporating exercise into their daily lives. In honor of those well-meaning late starters, here are a few ideas on how to “take it to the streets” in Coweta and enjoy some the health benefits of being outdoors.
As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,” and that first step has never been as enjoyable as it is through the historic neighborhoods of downtown Newnan, Senoia, Moreland and Grantville. In many cases, a 15-minute stroll can be close to one mile walked, which is the equivalent of burning up to 100 calories, according to fitness website, www.verywell.com .
Burn even more calories and add variety by turning the daily treadmill run into an outdoor fitness regimen. Moving a running or jogging routine outside at least once a week can be far more entertaining while still offering the same challenges.
Mapmyrun.com, sponsored by popular fitness brand, Under Armour, offers maps of the most popular routes in several areas across Coweta County. The Google-mapped routes are created by thousands of residents who use the Mapmyrun device application to track their favorite trails, however, visitors to the site can access the logged paths without registering for or using the app.
Many locals agree that now is the time to enjoy nearby hiking trails. Recent mild weather means that hikers can relish nature without wetness, ice or too-warm temperatures. According to superskinnyme.com, an online fitness and weight-loss resource, hiking is both a strength-building and cardiovascular exercise and can burn nearly as many calories as jogging — all while taking in the calming sights and sounds of nature.
Locals looking for an outdoor adventure and an exercise alternative can find a state park in their own backyard. Chattahoochee Bend State Park, with 2,910 acres, is one of Georgia’s largest parks and includes more than six miles of wooded trails.