Walking is something that most people do on a daily basis. It uses no specialist equipment, and is entirely self-powered. More and more people are benefitting from walking more. Here’s why:
Transport/cost –Walking as a mode of transport is free. It is also more consistent and sometimes quicker on short journeys than public transport and car travel! You also don’t have to be concerned about maintenance, parking or theft as you would a bike.
Health – Inactivity is one of the biggest causes of mortality in the UK, linked with many diseases and illnesses such as Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension, Strokes, Type 2 Diabetes and Cancer to name a few. Walking is a great way to meet the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate activity per week for adults (5 hours for 5-18 year olds), and is a low impact activity, suitable for people with joint and other health problems.
Walking releases endorphins in the body (a feel good hormone), and people who undertake activity are generally less susceptible to illness and taking time off work.
Incorporating physical activity into your commute or other journeys is an easy way to improve your health.
Environment -With no direct emissions or required equipment, walking is the greenest form of travel available. Walk safe in the knowledge that you are not contributing toward global warming, localised air pollution or other environmentally degrading problems.
Walking is fun. Try it we’re sure you’ll love it too!