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Walking requires no special equipment beyond a good pair of walking shoes, it lowers your blood pressure, shapes and tones your legs, and best of all you can do it anywhere for free!

Get a pedometer and walk a mile a day at a pace that you can maintain for 30 to 60 minutes while increasing your heart rate, that's 2,000 steps per day.  You can burn approximately 100 calories for every mile you walk.  A healthy rate of weight loss is approximately one to two pounds per week.

The hardest part is developing a habit of walking.  Start out with some slow, short sessions and build your way up gradually.  Increase your average daily steps by 500 each week till you get to 14,000 steps.

For walking and bicycle trails, click on the map icon of the Kern River Parkway Bicycle Trail below...(PDF 4.28 MB)

Kern River Parkway Bicycle Trail

Local "Get Active" Resources

Greenfield Walking Club - This group began on October 2, 2006 and has met every Monday Friday 8:00 9:30 am at Stiern Park (5400 Monitor Street) across from the Greenfield Family Resource Center. If you would like to be involved in the activities of the Greenfield Walking Club, the CCROPP initiative or any Get Moving Kern activities contact Jennifer Lopez (661) 636-4484.

East Hills Mall Walking Program - Walking the Mall for Fitness and Fun is sponsored by Mercy and Memorial Hospitals. Each month the program provides free preventative health education classes and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar to program participants. The mall's service corridor is open on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Bike Bakersfield a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote bicycling as a part of everyday life for Bakersfield residents. A variety of stakeholders envisioning a Bakersfield in which bicycling flourishes as a fun, healthy, and safe means of transportation.

Kern Wheelmen - The Kern Wheelmen Bicycle Club is a group of some 150+ cyclists that live around Kern County, California who enjoy bicycling as recreation and sport. As a Club, we seek to offer cycling events and/or rides that span a spectrum of cycling interests.

Don't forget to check our Calendar for upcoming events!

Virtual Walk - GMK past activity: click here for more information...

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