Walk More

Where to walk

 Useful walking tips
  • Borrow a pedometer from any Ottawa Public Library branch or use a smartphone app to track your steps. 
  • Use the Ottawa Public Health Walking Log to track your progress.
  • Bring a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • If you are unable to walk outdoors, walk in a building or at a shopping mall.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • Aim to walk for 30 minutes, 5 or 6 times per week.
  • Walk with family and friends to combine social and physical activity!
  • Use assistive devices (e.g. a cane, walker or ice grippers) if you are concerned about falling.

  • Using walking poles helps to:
    • Strengthen the upper body
    • Improve posture
    • Reduce stress on knees and lower back
  • Map of public and portable washrooms
 Pedestrian safety

Tips to help you to stay safe while you walk:

  • If you need to use your cell phone, find a safe place to stop.
  • To increase visibility, wear fluorescent colours during the day. Wear yellow or red clothing, reflective armbands or flashing lights when it is dark.
 Walking School Bus
  • A walking school bus is active transportation and helps children meet their 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity.
  • There are many benefits for children who walk or cycle to school regularly. Visit the Ottawa Safety Council to find out more.

Updated August 2018

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