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Fitness & Lifestyle

Treelined green spaces and broad sidewalks make getting outside part of our Downtown lifestyle and Mississippi’s most walkable neighborhood provides real benefits to health and wellness.

Walking is a simple form of exercise that is perfect for maintaining overall physical fitness, and Downtown’s the perfect place to integrate walking into your life naturally.

Turn a morning coffee break into a quick stroll around the block. Instead of a sit down lunch, try taking a brown-bag to the park and then walking the long way back to the office. Trade in the afternoon smoke and walk for fun and fitness.

If you are interested in a more structured approach, Downtown Fitness provides Health, Wellness and Fitness to the people of Downtown Jackson.

Walking for Fitness

Walking is a fun form of exercise that can be done alone, with a friend or in a group. Walking is free, doesn’t require any special equipment and you already know how to do it.

Walking is a simple form of exercise that is perfect for maintaining overall physical fitness. This is a fun form of exercise that can be done alone, with a friend or in a group. Walking is free, doesn’t require any special equipment and we already know how to do it.

So try turning a morning coffee break into a quick stroll around the block. Instead of a sit down lunch, try taking a brown-bag to the park and then walking the long way back to the office. Trade in the afternoon smoke and walk for fun and fitness.

Benefits of exercise

  • Strengthens Heart
  • Tones Muscles
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Reduces Blood Pressure
  • Reduces Body Fat
  • Strengthens Bones
  • Helps Manage Stress
  • Improves Immune Function
  • Increases Energy
  • Improves Sleep Quality

Building Up Gradually

It is extremely important to begin any exercise regimen slowly. The six-week schedule below should get you off to a great start and give new walkers achievable goals. If you have not exercised in a long time, please remember to consult your physician before starting anything more advanced or strenuous.

Week Distance (3-4xWeek) Duration
One 1/4 to 1/2 Mile 10 Minutes
Two 1/2 to 3/4 Mile 15 Minutes
Three 3/4 Mile to 1 Mile 20 Minutes
Four 1 to 1-1/2 Miles 25 Minutes
Five 1-1/2 to 2 Miles 30 Minutes
Six 2 Miles 30 Minute


Measuring the Route

One mile is 5,280 feet long. In Downtown terms, this is approximately 16 to 19 typical blocks in length. Walk nine blocks in any direction, then turn around and come back. Or walk four blocks then turn – walk four more and turn again – walk four more then turn and head back to the start making a one-mile square.

Finally, time yourself walking one of the measured routes. If it takes 25 minutes to walk the route, then simply walk your own route for 25 minutes and you should be close to one-mile.

Having Fun

Exercise your mind while working on your body.

Walking is special because it can be social. Take a friend. Walking can be educational. Watch for historic landmarks along your route. Walking is best done outside. Look for birds and trees that you may not ordinarily notice.

As with any exercise program, it is important to keep it fun and entertaining. You will only keep walking as long as you like walking. So have fun doing it!