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New to Walking: Getting Started
Walk for Health
Walk for Adventure: Explore and Discover
Walk for Peacefulness, Solitude and to Connect with Nature

Here are 5 easy steps to take to get outdoors with RI Walks.

  1. Register with RI Walks and set your goal.
  2. Select a trail - one that is easy for you to get to and that matches your walking ability and interest. It can be a trail that you already know. Or find a trail on ExploreRI that is near where you live. If you prefer to walk before or after work/school, you can find a trail near there.
  3. Plan & schedule the time(s) and days for your walks. When is it easiest to fit walking in your schedule? Add walks to your calendar.
  4. Start a routine and form a new habit. Ask yourself: What can I do to make walks part of my daily or weekly routine and a habit?
    • Set a "trigger" or two - something that reminds you and gets you to take a walk (in addition to putting your walk in your calendar) such as putting a sign on your (home/office) door, locker door, or bathroom mirror.
    • Invite a friend or family member to walk with you. Join someone else who already walks. Walk your dog;
  5. Log your walks on RI Walks so you can watch your progress toward your goal.  If your health care provider gave you a RI Walks serial number, RI Walks can send them reports on your walking activity.

Walk for Peacefulness, Contemplation & Connecting with Nature

Taking walks and spending time outdoors enjoying nature can be peaceful and calming. It's a great way to get fresh air, find some quiet time, and clear your head! Walking or just relaxing in forests and other natural areas can also be inspiring and will help you recharge, lift your spirits, and feel rejuvenated. Connecting with nature can give you a sense of awe and connection to something larger than yourself. Enjoying the beauty of trees and wildlife and natural places will help you to feel happier and have a greater sense of well-being.

There's something magical that happens in our bodies when we're outside. It's part of our DNA and it's triggered by our senses:

Walking outdoors also is a great time for thinking. Taking walks increases your creativity and ability to solve problems. It also improves your memory and has many health benefits.

RI Walks can help you find places to walk and relax outdoors.

If taking walks and spending time outdoors in nature is new to you, make it easy and stress free! Make it fun and develop a new habit that fits your lifestyle!

Some people find a favorite trail to walk or special place to sit along a trail to relax. Other people enjoy walking different trails and discovering new places to enjoy nature.

Here are 5 easy steps to take to get outdoors with RI Walks.

  1. Register with RI Walks and set your goal.
  2. Select a trail - one that is easy for you to get to and that matches your walking ability and interest. It can be a trail that you already know. Or find a trail on ExploreRI that is near where you live. If you prefer to walk before or after work/school, you can find a trail near there.
  3. Plan & schedule the time(s) and days for your walks. When is it easiest to fit walking in your schedule? Add walks to your calendar.
  4. Start a routine and form a new habit. Ask yourself: What can I do to make walks part of my daily or weekly routine and a habit?
    • Set a "trigger" or two - something that reminds you and gets you to take a walk (in addition to putting your walk in your calendar) such as putting a sign on your (home/office) door, locker door, or bathroom mirror.
    • Invite a friend or family member to walk with you. Join someone else who already walks. Walk your dog;
  5. Log your walks on RI Walks so you can watch your progress toward your goal.  If your health care provider gave you a RI Walks serial number, RI Walks can send them reports on your walking activity.

Fry Pond Preserve. Photo Credit: Mike Parker, West Greenwich Land Trust

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