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Indoor Walking

Did you know? When Maryland designated walking as the state exercise on October 1, 2008, it became the first state in the nation to name a state exercise.

Walking may not seem as beneficial as other cardiovascular exercises like, running, biking or swimming, but there are a lot of health benefits to walking regularly. Walking just 30 minutes a day is recommended for everyone. A brisk walk can help you lead a happier, healthy life. Maintaining your muscle mass and flexibility goes a long way in keeping you healthy and independent. Bone mass loss can lead to bones that break faster and more easily.

5 Benefits of Walking

  • Walking strengthens your legs and abdominals, alleviating pressure put on your joints.
  • Walking improves circulation, which can help lower your blood pressure.
  • Walking increases your metabolism and helps to burn excess calories.
  • Walking is a low-impact exercise that promotes joint health.
  • Walking engages the hips, abdominals and numerous other muscles that work together to ensure that a person can stay balanced.
Outdoor walking

Indoor walking is a free activity offered at the following locations. Call the individual center for more information.

Clara Barton Recreation Center

7425 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John

Bauer Drive Recreation Center

14625 Bauer Dr, Rockville

Gwendolyn E. Coffield Recreation Center

2450 Lyttonsville Rd, Silver Spring

Damascus Recreation Center

25520 Oak Dr, Damascus

East County Recreation Center

3310 Gateshead Manor, Silver Spring

Germantown Recreation Center

18905 Kingsview Dr, Germantown

Jane E. Lawton Recreation Center

4301 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase

Long Branch Recreation Center

8700 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring

Longwood Recreation Center

19300 Georgia Ave, Brookeville

Marilyn J. Praisner Recreation Center

14906 Old Columbia Pk, Burtonsville

Mid-County Recreation Center

2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring

Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Recreation Center

13850 Travilah Road, Rockville

Plum Gar Recreation Center

19561 Scenery Drive, Germantown

Ross Boddy Recreation Center

18529 Brooke Road, Sandy Spring

Potomac Recreation Center

11315 Falls Rd, Potomac

Bette Carol Thompson Scotland Recreation Center

7700 Scotland Drive, Potomac

Upper County Recreation Center

8211 Emory Grove Rd, Gaithersburg

White Oak Recreation Center

1700 April Lane, Silver Spring

Wisconsin Place Recreation Center

5311 Friendship Blvd, Chevy Chase

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