Educate and Promote an Active and Healthy Lifestyle
Cuyahoga Community College, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Metroparks partnered to educate and promote an active and healthy lifestyle. Throughout the year, visitors to this site will learn about nutrition and fitness tips that can be applied to improve performance through fun activities.
Consult a physician before starting any diet or exercise program. Information on this website is the opinion of program experts and nationally recognized resources, but it is not a replacement for medical advice.
Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Recreation: Foot Golf at Shawnee and Mastick
Foot golf is a combination of soccer and traditional golf. Foot golf uses golf rules, but soccer equipment. The goal is to kick a soccer ball from the tee into a giant “golf” hole using only your feet. Not only is this a good workout, it is a great fun for all ages. If you can kick a soccer ball, you can master foot golf. Cleveland Metroparks offers two courses at Mastick Woods and Shawnee Hills golf courses. Learn more.
Fitting in Fitness
Did you know you benefit from even small amounts of moderate activity throughout the day? Regular physical activity is easier to fit in than you may realize and can significantly lower your lifetime risk for many diseases. The American Cancer Society has physical activity guidelines for adults and children based on the latest scientific information to help reduce the risk of developing cancer. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week. Children and teens should get at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous intensity activity each day, with vigorous activity on at least three days each week.
Foot Golf: Add Power to Your Swing
Foot golf is a new and exciting sport played throughout the world which is becoming very popular in Northeast Ohio. It is a combination of soccer and golf, although the rules largely correspond to those of golf. Since footgolf requires a strong lower body to kick the ball, the kettlebell swing is the perfect exercise to accomplish this. The kettlebell swing is a great exercise to develop lower body power and is much safer than the classic power clean exercise. The power clean is an Olympic lift that is often performed incorrectly and can lead to multiple injuries. The kettlebell swing is also a great exercise because it can be performed at home with minimal equipment. When performing this exercise you will hike the kettlebell between your legs on the downswing and snap your hips forward on the upswing. This will help develop power in the lower body and hopefully add some distance to your foot golf kicks.