Sustainable transport | Why walk to work? Non-environmental benefits of walking

Walking to work is a not only a great way to help our planet, but is also a great way to save money on commuting cost and stay healthy.

The following are the greatest benefits of walking to work [from my very deep review of web literature on the topic]. If you have any other please share that with me. I’ll add them in the list! And cite you of course!

1. You’ve [presumably….] fully woken up

Walking to work would kick-start your metabolism, and help you burn off your [very sustainable] breakfast. If it’s a sunny day [yes, I know, it’s such a rare occasion!] you’ve also got part of your daily dose of vitamin D. Moreover, you’ve stretched your legs and given your eyes a long distance workout, both very important antidotes to desk-based jobs.

2. You’re calmer

It is likely in fact that driving or using public transport can stress you by crowds, delays, traffic [!!!!], or parking nightmares. Instead, once you’ve worked out how long your route to the office takes by walking, you can pretty much rely on the journey taking the same time each day, unless you’re very very tired that day and didn’t sleep well.

3. It might help you getting thinner [not that you need!]

Walking at least 10,000 steps a day is considered to lower body fat percentage and overall weight,  according to a recent Canadian study of women. Moreover, a research by the Harvard School of Public Health Study found that spending just one hour a day doing a brisk walk may reduce the genetic influence of obesity by half.

4. You’re in a better mood

Just 30 minutes of walking a day has been associated with mood improvement among depressed patients. In fact, thanks to the endorphins released during exercise, the study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, revealed that walking worked faster than antidepressants. Great uh?!

5. It helps reducing fatigue

According to a 2008 study from the University of Georgia, people with fatigue who also lead sedentary lifestyles reported getting a 20 percent energy boost and a 65 percent reduction in fatigue after following a low-intensity exercise program that involved walking.

6. It helps reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol & increasing ‘good’ one

Research consistently shows that a simple walking plan can help reduce LDL cholesterol [the damaging kind, associated with heart disease] and increase HDL cholesterol, which is associated with heart health.

Why not work out how long it would take you to walk all or part of your route to work, and tomorrow morning give it a try?

Sources:

  1. walkit.com
  2. 5 Great Health Benefits Of Walking
  3. nidirect.gov.uk
  4. Mayo Clinic research
  5. NHS
  6. Travel smart
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