- Walking lowers the obesity rate
- Walkers have a lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure
- Walking can reduce stress and depression, help with anxiety and improves self- confidence, and improves mood)
- Improving environmental health (reduces air pollution, and greenhouse gases)
How much should I walk? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week. The guidelines also recommend that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day
Improve your walking experience
- Wear a good pair of shoes
- Wear brightly colored clothes so you are visible. Always make sure you are visible to oncoming traffic
- Stay hydrated
- Stretch beforehand
Don't have time to walk?
- Take a walk on your lunch break
- Walk in place when watching TV
- Park further away and walk to your destination
- Take the stairs, other than the elevator or escalator
Walking Safety Tips
- Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
- It’s safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if none is available, walk on the shoulder and face the traffic.
- Always look left, right and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross.
- Walk on well-traveled streets rather than taking shortcuts in less crowded areas.