Walking works. It makes people happy, keeps everyone healthy, and can even save your life. Walking also brings people together, helps them feel positive and is a cost-effective way to exercise too.
Being inactive can take 3-5 years off your life
But that’s not all. Research reveals that being inactive increases your chances of developing cancer, heart disease or stroke by 25-30%, and can take 3-5 years off your life.
Getting active saves lives
The simple fact is that getting active can save your life. It also slashes, by 25-50%, your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Happy and healthy
- get less stressed
- sleep better
- feel better
- have a 30% lower risk of getting depressed
- keep their minds sharp
- improve their memories
- reduce their risk of having dementia
Taking a walk also means you see more of your friends and neighbours. Studies show this can help everyone feel part of the community and actively reduces crime.
Why walking works
- Walking is free – no need for expensive gym membership or special equipment
- you can wear everyday clothes
- walking is gentle – you’re unlikely to get injured
- it’s fun to get together with friends and go for a walk
- it’s a healthy way of getting where you need to be
- you can do it almost anywhere at any time
- you can start off slowly and build up as you get more confident
Taken from Walking Works, a report by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support.