In the past, we’ve discussed how staying active is vital to leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. But did you know that exercise is important for more than just our hearts? The veins and arteries that make up our cardiovascular system also need exercise to help them stay strong.

During the winter months, we often have a tendency to avoid getting outside to give our body the exercise it needs. In Alaska, it’s even easier to use the cold temperatures as an excuse to stay inside. Despite the winter chill, however, it’s still possible to get out and enjoy some of Anchorage’s amazing trails and views. So bundle up, brave the cold and get outside this season! suggests the following local trails: 

  • Chester Creek Trail – This 4-mile route snakes through Anchorage’s greenbelt and around Westchester Lagoon before returning to Russian Jack Park.
  • Campbell Creek Trail – This South Anchorage trail shadows the lazy water of Campbell Creek for 7.5-miles, past local hotspots the Peanut Farm and Arctic Roadrunner.
  • Ship Creek Trail – This short, 2.6-mile jaunt follows Ship Creek near the Bridge Seafood Restaurant, past the Alaska Railroad depot and runs into the Glenn Highway bike path.
  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail – This trail follows the water from Anchorage to Kincaid Park and offers spectacular views of Anchorage and the Chugach Mountains.

Whether you’re in Anchorage or it’s surrounding areas, we encourage you to get out and stay active this winter season.