Physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight remain important public health objectives. This study was conducted to explore the health, fitness, and wellness related uses of an urban multipurpose trail, and to describe the characteristics of those who utilize it. Adult trail users (N = 596) were surveyed over several days during the spring, summer, and fall. On average, participants visited the trail four times each week and engaged in activity for about sixty minutes. Trail use is reported as most frequent in the summer and least in the winter. Nearly all of the participants (95%) perceived the trail as important or very important in helping them achieve a fitness/wellness related goal or purpose. The trail was used for purposes that reflect the six dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, environmental, mental/intellectual, social, and spiritual. The physical dimension was the most frequently identified. These findings support the importance of the trail to users’ wellness. The results of this study will be of value to those interested in fitness/wellness promotion and public health. These findings will also be of interest to those planning for, creating, or maintaining multipurpose trail facilities. Specific recommendations for the park district to improve and maintain the trail are provided.
|Keywords:||Activity, Fitness, Health, Trail, Wellness, Dimensions of Wellness|
Associate Professor of Health Profesions, Department of Health Professions, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science, Youngstown State University, Yongstown, Ohio, USA
Instructor of Hospitality Management, Department of Human Ecology, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, USA