Lorain County Walks
Lorain County Walks is an online activity tracking program designed to help you get active and healthy. Health experts recommend walking about 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles) on most days to support heart health. Increase energy, decrease stress and have fun by tracking steps with Lorain County Walks!
How to participate in Lorain County Walks:
Walking with a group is a proven way to keep motivated and may improve physical and mental health.
Visit a Fit Walks location-- Fit Walks is one of the longest-running walking groups in Lorain County. It also provides a safe place to walk indoors during the winter months.
Visit our two locations:
Oberlin Splash Zone
95 W Hamilton St, Oberlin, OH 44074
Mondays @ 5:30 pm
Mercy Health & Recreation Center
47160 Hollstein Dr, Amherst, OH 44001
Thursdays @ 5:30 pm
Download printable walking maps [link to page] or learn how to create a walking map [link to page] for your community.
Click here to download a PDF of the guide. [link pdf]
Create an account and track your activity
Create a Challenge: Invite your friends and coworkers. Get competitive with friends and coworkers, no matter what kind of device they use to track their steps. See directions to create a challenge below.
Create a walking challenge
Join a walking challenge
Leave a walking challenge
Leave a Challenge at any time by clicking Leave Challenge.
View and share results
On the My Challenges page, click View next to your Challenge. You’ll see names and rankings of teams, average team steps, and team progress over time.
How much physical activity do I need?
Health experts recommend walking around 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles) on most days to increase energy and decrease stress. Walk to keep your heart healthy, and to help prevent health issues
The Surgeon General provides general guidelines about activity and how many steps you should take each day:
Level of Activity
900 - 3000 steps = Inactive
5000 - 7000 steps = Moderate
10000 + steps = Active
Different people have different goals, baseline fitness and activity levels, and different lifestyles and attitudes toward fitness and physical activity. Once you have tracked your steps for a few days and determined your baseline steps for a day, set a reachable goal for the next week. For example, if your baseline number of steps per day is 6,000, you may decide to increase by 100 steps a day for the next seven days. The only competition you have is with yourself. So set a goal that is realistic and attainable for you. The big goal is 10,000 steps a day. The important thing is to gradually get more active and stay more active!
Tips for getting started
Sometimes your pedometer might not count steps on a treadmill. Keep track of the miles you walked on the treadmill, and multiply each mile by 2,000 to get your total number of steps walked.
Kids love using pedometers and seeing how far they can walk. Using Lorain County Walks, kids can develop skills
If you are a part of a team, schedule times during the week to meet and walk together. This gives you a chance to socialize and stay motivated.
Always check with your physician before starting any exercise program. They will know if it is safe for you to exercise and guide you on how to get started.
Find a pedometer at a retail location (like a sporting goods store) or online through a retailer like Amazon. Most pedometers cost between $10 and $15.
Not wearable device? No problem! See how everyday activities make a difference using this sheet: