Walkable Communities Produce Healthier People

July 2015

Walking can help relieve stress. It does so by increasing endorphin production in the brain. Many find it relaxing and a way to reduce fatigue.

There are also physical benefits to walking.

A study conducted at the Imperial College London found that those who walk to work are 40% less likely to have diabetes when compared to those who drive. They are also less likely to be obese or have high blood pressure. Benefits of walking identified in other studies include lower cholesterol.

Walking tips:

  • Keep head up. Look forward. Do not look down toward the ground.
  • Neck, shoulders and back should be relaxed.
  • Allow arms to swing freely. Maintain a slight bend at the elbow.
  • Hold stomach muscles in but not overly tight. Keep back straight. Do not arch your back forward or backward.
  • Maintain a steady walking pace while rolling each foot from heel to toe.