10,000 steps

My Mountain Trail. Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Back in the 1960s, a team of researchers in Japan, led by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano, figured out that the average person walks about 3,500 to 5,000 steps a day.  It was then recommended that if people were to walk 10,000 steps a day, you would have thinner, healthier people.  The 10,000 steps program might also be related to Dr. Hatano’s marketing of a pedometer called the manpo-kei (meaning 10,000 steps meter).

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My Mountain Trail

The beginning

My Mountain Trail climbs one of the many ridges in Brecksville Reservation, providing vistas of the beautiful surrounding hills and valleys.  The deep forest and carpet of moss lends a feeling of a Tolkien fantasy to the experience.  You half expect a troll or elf to appear from behind a tree!

~ Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Trail Guide Handbook, 2nd Edition

I first read that description of the My Mountain Trail several years ago when we were new to this area and just beginning to explore “the emerald necklace” of Greater Cleveland.  Since that time, the trail name has changed to the Salamander Trail and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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