Skip to Main Content

Trails for Health

More and more Ontario's residents are learning about the positive relationship between recreational activity and their health. In fact many Doctor's are prescribing a trail walk, bike or ride to their patients!

The OTC has promoted the healthy living aspects of trails for years.
Today, the need for outdoor recreation, on trails or through trail-based activity is growing in order to combat the negative aspects of stressful or sedentary lives.

For more information see the OTC Bulletin: Trails and Health (PDF)

Why Walk?

10/100 Reasons to Walk…

  1. Reduces blood pressure
  2. Lowers cholesterol
  3. Increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol)
  4. Reduces heart attacks (by 86% combined with other factors)
  5. Increases efficiency of heart 
  6. Makes our heart muscle stronger
  7. Lowers heart rate
  8. Strengthens lungs
  9. Improves respiratory function
  10. Improves cardiovascular endurance and performance

Other Programs for Health and Active Living Using Trails!

Did you know that all sorts of trail activities are good for you? Including motorized?

Riding a horse, an ATV, dirt bike, mountain bike or paddling a conoe or kayak, and climbing a rock face, bouldering and dog sledding are all top quality activites that have a role to play in personal health.

So while hiking, walking and cycling may be obvious its important to know that ALL trail activites have a positive impact through activity and motion. 

CASBO Reports

Health Benefits of Motorcycling



Benefits of Riding a Bike - For Women