Regular walks or bicycle rides are a great way to get active — or increase your current activity level. Springfield has many scenic and safe routes for you to explore as you find a routine that works with your lifestyle. Whether you prefer a rigorous bike ride along the Connecticut River, or a leisurely stroll indoors, you can find just the right venue to get moving.
Walk to work, walk during lunch, or choose to walk to the corner store. However you fit a daily walk into your routine, a 30-minute walk each day can have the following benefits:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Maintain or lose weight
- Reduce some cancer risks
- Improve mental health
Springfield offers a variety of great walks throughout the city. Plan a route in your neighborhood or check out the resources below and get out your walking shoes. And why go it alone? Call a friend or two for support!
River Walk and Bikeway
One of Springfield’s best natural resources also provides a scenic walking route. The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway offers a 3.7-mile paved walking trail from the South End Bridge to the city’s northern border. The bike path winds along the Connecticut’s eastern bank and features remarkable vistas of the Springfield skyline and Memorial Bridge, as well as access to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Riverfront Park, and North Riverfront Park.
Other features of the River Walk include:
- Scenic overlooks and nature trails
- Benches and picnic areas
- Safety and security features, including regular police patrols
Mall Walkers Club
For those looking for a walk out of the elements, the Mall Walkers Club at the Eastfield Mall is a great choice. Whether you are looking for a quiet stroll for one, or would like to meet up with others interested in a group walk, the Mall Walkers Club will provide you with an indoor venue to get active.
On the first Wednesday of each month, the Mall Walkers Club offers free blood pressure screenings, healthy walking tips, and the opportunity to meet others who regularly walk a route at the Eastfield Mall. Call the Guest Services desk today to find out how you can get involved at 413.543.8000.
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