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: Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is a form of skiing where skiers rely on their own locomotion to move across snow covered terrain, rather than using ski lifts or other forms of assistance. Cross country skiing is widely practiced as a sport and recreational activity.
In Cleveland Metroparks, cross country skiing is permitted on hiking, bridle and all-purpose trails (that have not been plowed). - as well as the fairways and rough areas of Big Met, Little Met, Shawnee Hills, Seneca, Mastick Woods and Sleepy Hollow golf courses with a four-inch snow base. 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.
Warm Up: Dynamic Stretches
Stretch your warm muscles, but do not hold it. Static stretching during a warm up can actually hinder your performance. Instead, do dynamic stretching, which involves continuously moving through a range of motion. For instance, you can make big arm circles in both directions, kick your legs forward, or simply touch your toes and then reach for the sky. The key is to not hold in any position.