Close up of feet of a runner running in leaves

Cooler Autumn weather and the last few weeks of Daylight Savings Time offer an opportunity for outdoor exercise after the work day. Luckily, our area has lots of greenways just waiting for you to walk, bike or jog.

Physicians, fitness experts and – let’s be honest, the voice of your conscience – all tell you that regular exercise is good for your health. If you can exercise, you should, at the highest level that matches your personal ability (and after consulting with your doctor, of course).

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published these recommendations for adults, including people in their mid-60’s and beyond:

Avoid Inactivity
Some regular physical activity is better than none — and any amount has health benefits.

Do Aerobic Activity
For substantial health benefits, do one of the following:

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking or gardening
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity
  • An equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity

Cooler weather walking
As summer gives way to the (slightly) cooler days and evenings of autumn, it’s good to remember that Daylight Time runs past Halloween – until November 6 – so you’ll have time after work or on a weekend evening to invest in some healthy walks.

The San Antonio area is blessed with miles of greenways and walking trails. Here’s where to find descriptions, maps and reviews:

San Antonio Parks and Recreation offers the 52-mile Howard Peak Greenway Trails System

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which helps to turn abandoned train tracks into trails and greenways, has advice on favorite trails near San Antonio.

The site MySanAntonio has a listing of area trails, sorted by location and degree of challenge.

If you’re looking to hike with other folks, there are many MeetUp groups in the vicinity that focus on hikes and walks