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Enjoying the outdoors has many benefits, including lowering stress, and improving outlook and focus. While exercising when you have a chronic lung disease may be challenging, improving your exercise tolerance can help you breathe easier and improve your quality of life. One of the best forms of gentle exercise is walking. Whether you’re a Scottsdale, Arizona local or you’re in town for cellular therapy at the Lung Institute, we compiled a list of easy trails for you. So, call up a friend and enjoy these best Scottsdale walking trails.
What are the best Scottsdale walking trails?
With diverse natural environments, nature centers and easy walking trails, you’re sure to find the right park for you. The best Scottsdale walking trails include trails in the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area, Lake Pleasant Regional Park and McDowell Mountain Regional Park. It’s important to remember that these parks and trails may become hot during the summer months. So, remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and be mindful of the heat. If heat triggers your lung disease symptoms, it’s best to wait until it is cooler outside to visit these parks and trails. Be sure to remember your camera, so can capture a photograph of something beautiful.
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
Covered in an abundance of wildflowers in the spring, if you are a wildflower lover or gardener, you’ll enjoy Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. This conservation area is home to diverse vegetation and wildlife year round. If you’re an avid birdwatcher, keep your eyes to the sky because the park is home to over 80 species of birds. Part of the Sonoran Desert, Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area also encompasses lush areas along Cave Creek. The banks of Cave Creek are covered in plants and trees, such as mesquite, cottonwoods and willows. In fact, you can see remnants of early mining and ranching here. Past the creek banks, there is a large stand of saguaro cactus. The park also contains nearly 90 archaeological sites belonging to ancient Native Americans of the Hohokam culture. Before enjoying your walk on a trail, be sure to read about the park’s trail ratings and bring your water, sunscreen, cell phone and friend with you.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Rich in history and filled with a variety of wildlife, Lake Pleasant Regional Park will keep you entertained. Inhabited by the ancient, prehistoric Hohokam people, the park is home to five archaeological sites, including a defensive site, a stone workshop, a farmhouse and two small villages. The upper portion of the lake was created after the Waddell Dam was constructed, creating 50 miles of shoreline. However, the new Waddell Dam was built in 1993 by the Bureau of Reclamation and increased the surface area of the lake to 10,000 acres. The CAP canal and the Agua Fria River feed water to the lake with higher water elevations in mid-spring. From bird watching to fishing to walking on trails, Lake Pleasant Regional Park is sure to delight.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Filled with scenic landscapes and an ancient history, McDowell Mountain Regional Park has plenty to offer its guests. In fact, this park is considered a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. Park elevations rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the mountains. Park visitors can enjoy over 50 miles of multi-use trails with spectacular views of the mountain ranges. You could see a variety of wildlife and vegetation on your walk, including deer, javelina, coyotes and an abundance of birds.
Ready to hit the trails but need help breathing easier?
While gentle exercise is good for lung health, it’s important to have a treatment plan in place. Work with your doctor to figure out the best treatment plan for you. You can also discuss types of exercises to try. In combination with your current treatment plan, cellular therapy may help you breathe easier. Cellular therapy promotes healing within the lungs and has improved quality of life for many patients. We hope you enjoy taking a walk on these best Scottsdale walking trails. If you or a loved one has COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema or another chronic lung disease and would like more information about cellular therapy options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.