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.
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, 25 August 2015