Tying shoesApril 3 is National Walking Day! Physical activity is one of the best ways to live a healthier lifestyle and manage daily stressors one step at a time. Most of our days consist of sitting at work or school for eight hours, which can have negative consequences on our physical and mental health over time.

National Walking Day was established in 2007 by the American Heart Association and is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday in April to encourage people to add more movement in their daily routines. All communities are invited to take a walk on this day – whether it be to work or at a local park – to experience the impact of this lifesaving activity. See below for how you can participate in Illinois.

Plainfield Park District Free Track Day: Plainfield

In honor of National Walking Day, the Prairie Fit Fitness Center is offering free use of their indoor walking track all day on April 3. Additionally, members have an opportunity to get one month of free track use when they purchase a track membership on this day.

Starved Rock State Park: Oglesby

Take a scenic hike through one of Illinois’ top attraction sites and experience the best of this spring season with the park’s active waterfalls and 13 miles of trails to explore. Additionally, the nearby Illinois River offers fishing, boating and beautiful views to see as you walk along our state’s unique landscape.

Garfield Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show: Chicago

Walk through this year’s Chicago Spring Flower Show with the theme “What’s in a Name?” on Wednesday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 300 N. Central Park Ave. While you take a stroll among the fresh blooms, you will learn about the cultural history and science behind their botanical classifications. If you are looking for a leisurely walk with some of the best gardens Illinois has to offer, then this is the show for you!

Downtown St. Charles: St. Charles

Whether you want to shop at local businesses or admire historic architecture, walking in downtown St. Charles is the perfect spot to meet your daily steps while experiencing everything this vibrant city has to offer.

O’Fallon Family Sports Park: O’Fallon

If you need a place to walk and spend time playing one of your favorite sports, visit O’Fallon Family Sports Park! This 200-acre sports and recreation complex offers a variety of amenities from eight lighted all-weather synthetic turf soccer fields to a 2.1-mile walking trail to the local community.