Active living is for everyone. It’s easy to get all the physical activity you need to be healthy when you build it into your daily life. That doesn’t mean you have to go to a gym. It means being active during your daily routine: walking or biking to work, school or to go shopping. It also means playing in the park, taking the stairs, participating in sports you enjoy, and knowing where to find great walking and biking trails. For you, it may mean standing and stretching during commercial breaks on tv, dancing, stretching, gardening, or cleaning. Chasing after grand children is known to offer active living opportunities, too!
Communities and schools can help make active living easier.
The city of Grand Rapids has recently made it easier for people to use bicycling for transportation. Learn about their Community Bike Share program.
Both Duluth and Two Harbors have bike businesses that offer ways for people to sell and buy used bikes.
In addition,children should be aware of how to walk around in their neighborhood safely.
Healthy Northland supports active living initiatives across northeast Minnesota.
A Healthy Northland priority is the support of the Active Arrowhead interactive map. This web based tool shows all of the trails, parks, and facilities where residents and visitors can be active.
More on Active Living
- Keeping active in cold weather
- Healthy workshops and classes
- Get answers to your bicycling questions
- Seven Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
- Active Living Research
Local Active Living Community Assistance:
Active Living Resources
Even during COVID-19, everyone is encouraged to strive to meet physical activity recommendations:
- CDC Physical Activity Basics
- MDH Physical Activity Resources
- Staying Active while Social Distancing: Questions and Answers (health.gov)
With many local parks and trails closed, streets or roadways may be the only place to walk and bike:
- Pedestrian Safety (MnDOT)
- Education from MnDOT about sharing space with vehicles
- Bike to Anywhere Day 2020 (MN Safe Routes to School) – Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Guidance for parks and trails: