10 LANE COUNTY EDITION
NW BOOMER & SENIOR NEWS • MAY 2015
Three accessible trails for an active lifestyle By COLETTE KIMBALL
The average adult needs 150 minutes a week of moderateintensity exercise — like walking and biking – to maintain overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, participating in regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do to prevent age-related health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that you can spread those 150 minutes out over the entire week. Even better news is that the lower Willamette Valley has three wide,
paved, mostly flat walking/biking paths which make an active life style easy to maintain. These three paths are wide and flat enough that they are enjoyable for anyone of any ability at any time of the year. At the same time, they are so beautiful that enjoying them hardly feels like “exercise” at all, and since all three are free of cars, it is easy to get out, relax and enjoy the views. So grab a friend or family member, leash up the dog or dust off the bike, and spend some of your 150 minutes along these Willamette Valley treasures.
See TRAILS p. 12
Photo by Colette Kimball
The Row River Trail starts in Cottage Grove and extends to the tiny town of Culp Creek, a 15.5-mile path with many scenic views.
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Lane County edition May 2015