Give yourself a lift

Give yourself a lift

Give yourself a lift. Walk.


Why walking works

From reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a stroke and cancer to  kick-starting weight loss and keeping your heart healthy, walking is the perfect exercise. Here are 5 more reasons to walk more every day ...

1. Mood booster

20 minutes of moderate intensity walking a day can help manage stress and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream. Step up the pace a little and you'll be pumping more oxygen around your body and feeling more alert.

2. Turns back the clock 

Walking is one of the best ways to delay dementia. Just a short walk 3 times a week has been shown to increase the size of brain regions linked to planning and memory. That's equivalent to reversing the age clock by up to 2 years.

3. You'll live longer

For every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy can increase by up to 2 hours. And the more you do it, the easier it gets - walking for as few as 30 minutes a day improves your heart by raising the heart rate and increasing exercise tolerance.

4. It's cheap and easy 

Health care professionals rate walking as the best exercise because it's safe, cheap, accessible and has the lowest dropout rate. And there's no need to go thirsty while you're out walking the streets – our map will help you find a water bubbler nearby.

5. You'll help save our city 

One of the best ways to tackle traffic congestion is to increase levels of walking. You can comfortably fit 30 pedestrians in the space taken by 1 car at around 50km/h. It also drastically reduces damaging vehicle emissions.

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 November 2015