Did you know Hudsonville has both paved and unpaved trails for walking, hiking, biking, and more? The great news is the trails can be accessed from common areas around town. The Elmwood Trail (which has a trailhead in the parking lot of Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy Hudsonville) and the Hudsonville Nature Center Trail are two trails with convenient parking and locations close to the epicenter of Hudsonville.
Besides getting outside and enjoying nature, and seeing a duck or two, the trails can also assist in meeting activity guidelines. Per Week – the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) currently recommends 150 minutes of cardiovascular activity and 2-3 days of resistance training incorporating 8-10 full-body exercises (ACSM, 2018). Moderate intensity cardiovascular activity can be met using HR monitors or even by self-rating. Examples include: feeling like you are able to carry a conversation but it’s getting more difficult or how you feel when walking briskly or raking the yard.
Why are meeting activity guidelines important? Not meeting the guidelines contributes to the rise in commonly preventable diseases including metabolic disease and increased risk of falling. (Warburton et al. 2006.)
Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy Hudsonville would love to partner with you to get you ready for walking, jogging, or any other activity that brings you to the trails. If you feel you could use some extra help getting there, please let us know! We feel privileged to be a part of this wonderful community that has plenty of outdoor trail options. Give us a call at 616-209-5435 or visit https://www.hjphysicaltherapy.com/request-appointment/.
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Warburton et al. 2006 https://www.acsm.org/education-resources/trending-topics-resources/physical-activity-guidelines