Five River Metro Parks is launching an initiative to help improve peoples physical and mental health by taking them outdoors.

The Heart Healthy Trails initiative involve three existing trails : Wolf Creek Trail, Island MetroPark and Germantown MetroPark.“These are easy, entry-level trails on paved or flat surfaces without a lot of elevation change,” said Angie Sheldon, MetroParks outdoor recreation coordinator. “Signage on the trails also helps people start walking outdoors as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Each trail is a little different, depending on the location and length, so people can try them all or pick a favorite.”

According to the American Heart Association, exercising outdoors provide benefits that traditional gym workouts do not. These include reduction in depression and stress, an increase in vitamin D and more.

Plans are currently in the works to add two additional trails as well.

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