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 bodythan many other physicalactivities, so you can do itthroughout your life for betterhealth, quality of life andindependence.
2 Reducing the likelihood ofdeveloping diabetes bydecreasing sugar levels andincreasing insulin in your system.
3 Walking briskly 150 minutes aweek (five times a week for 30
minutes) can help reduce the riskof being overweight or obese.
4 Walking can help keep yourbones strong and help wardoff osteoporosis.
5 Boosting romance with increasedenergy, improved blood flow andenhanced body image.
6 Reducing the risk of chronicdisease by breathing freshair, soaking up sunlight (andVitamin D) and easing stress(see page 28).
7 Being something you can doanywhere, for free. A sturdy pairof walking shoes is all you needto keep active.
8 Meeting new people and makingfriends on the walking trails orthrough a walking club.
9 Getting to know your kids better.
It’s easier to talk about sensitivetopics in a relaxed, intimatesetting, when you’re not faceto face. Walking is also a timeto bond and make memoriestogether.
10 Improving balance, coordinationand your ability to be active asyou age.
11 Maintaining bone health andstrength. That’s why medicalprofessionals encourage peopleliving with arthritis and manyother diseases to walk.
12 Immediate benefits. Rightaway you’ll notice improvedmood and self-esteem, increasedenergy and concentration andbetter sleep.
13 Connecting with yourneighbourhood. Creating a socialbond that improves individualhealth vital to a long and healthylife—and the health of yourcommunity.
14 Helping prevent and manageheart disease, high bloodpressure, and some cancerswith regular light walking,
30 minutes a day.
15 Increasing blood flow to thebrain and keeping your brainactive. Our minds are stimulatedby physical activity and socialengagement with family andcommunity.
If you really want your kids to beactive, be active with them. Researchfunded by Alberta Innovates – HealthSolutions found children are lesslikely to be overweight when theirparents encourage and join physicalactivities, from walking in a park tobuilding a snow fort.
This study was the first to showthat when parents and children areactive together, kids’ risk of childrenobesity drops. Study findings are
The family that walks together
being used in more than 50 APPLEschools. APPLE stands for the AlbertaProject Promoting Active Living andHealthy Eating (APPLE) and is thebrainchild of Dr. Paul Veugelers, anAIHS-funded researcher. APPLEschools are geared to changingthe way schoolchildren and theirfamilies think and act around foodand activity.
— Connie Bryson