The case for walking – 15 reasons to walk year round
Walking is a natural, efficient and comfortable way to get around in any season and has many benefits to your health.
Here are 15:
1 Walking is easier on your body
than many other physical
activities, so you can do it
throughout your life for better
health, quality of life and
2 Reducing the likelihood of
developing diabetes by
decreasing sugar levels and
increasing insulin in your system.
3 Walking briskly 150 minutes a
week (five times a week for 30
minutes) can help reduce the risk
of being overweight or obese.
4 Walking can help keep your
bones strong and help ward
5 Boosting romance with increased
energy, improved blood flow and
enhanced body image.
6 Reducing the risk of chronic
disease by breathing fresh
air, soaking up sunlight (and
Vitamin D) and easing stress
(see page 28).
7 Being something you can do
anywhere, for free. A sturdy pair
of walking shoes is all you need
to keep active.
8 Meeting new people and making
friends on the walking trails or
through a walking club.
9 Getting to know your kids better.
It’s easier to talk about sensitive
topics in a relaxed, intimate
setting, when you’re not face
to face. Walking is also a time
to bond and make memories
10 Improving balance, coordination
and your ability to be active as
11 Maintaining bone health and
strength. That’s why medical
professionals encourage people
living with arthritis and many
other diseases to walk.
12 Immediate benefits. Right
away you’ll notice improved
mood and self-esteem, increased
energy and concentration and
13 Connecting with your
neighbourhood. Creating a social
bond that improves individual
health vital to a long and healthy
life—and the health of your
14 Helping prevent and manage
heart disease, high blood
pressure, and some cancers
with regular light walking,
30 minutes a day.
15 Increasing blood flow to the
brain and keeping your brain
active. Our minds are stimulated
by physical activity and social
engagement with family and
If you really want your kids to be
active, be active with them. Research
funded by Alberta Innovates – Health
Solutions found children are less
likely to be overweight when their
parents encourage and join physical
activities, from walking in a park to
building a snow fort.
This study was the first to show
that when parents and children are
active together, kids’ risk of children
obesity drops. Study findings are
The family that walks together
being used in more than 50 APPLE
schools. APPLE stands for the Alberta
Project Promoting Active Living and
Healthy Eating (APPLE) and is the
brainchild of Dr. Paul Veugelers, an
AIHS-funded researcher. APPLE
schools are geared to changing
the way schoolchildren and their
families think and act around food
— Connie Bryson