Running and jogging is an easy and convenient way to get in shape and meet people. Running is simply jogging FASTER. Running virtually no equipment and can be done anywhere, and can be done alone or in groups. If you have concerns about your heart or breathing discuss it with you doctor first.
Running shoes (sometimes called "cross-training shoes") should be both comfortable and lightweight and provide good arch and ankle support. Every foot and every shoe is different and you should try on the shoes you buy and even walk around for a few minutes to ensure a comfortable fit. Some optional items to consider are: a wristwatch/stopwatch, a water resistant wind suit (Gortex is best) for all-weather running, and a water bottle. Almost any sporting goods store sells the equipment, and there are several sports shoe even running specialty stores in the city.
The best spot for this in Barrie is Waterfront Trail Along Kempenfelt Bay which has 6.7 km of generally flat paved trail, which you can access anywhere along Barrie's Lakefront parks.
In Orillia, take the 12-foot wide ribbon of pavement called the Millenium Trail for 9.5 kilometres from one end of the City to the other! Joggers, walkers, bikers and wheelchairs can travel safely from the North Ward to Tudhope Park.
In Huntsville, enjoy the 3.4 km paved Fairy Vista Trail, which you can access near the corner of Hwy 60 and Fairy view Drive, or by using the temporary entrance across from Muskoka Rd. #23. This paved 3.4 km all season trail traveling through fields, forests, and wetlands, suitable for all types of non-motroized recreational activity.
There are also a few running races throughout the year, with most in the summer. There are events from a one mile sprint, 10-K (ten kilometres), right up to marathons, triathlons and ultra-marathons (you run for 24 hours...cross-country).
To join a running club, contact any of: