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older couple walkingWalking: The Activity of a Lifetime

The journey to health and fitness begins with active living - moving a little more, a little more often, every day.  It’s easy to take the first step:

  • Walk part-way or all the way home from work or school.

  • Walk to the store or on other errands.

  • Push a stroller or wheel your wheelchair.

  • Walk the stairs, instead of using an elevator or escalator.

  • Invite a family member or friend to walk with you.

  • Walk a block at break time or lunch.

  • Take an after-dinner stroll with your partner.

  • Walk a dog (borrow your neighbour’s if you don’t have one).

  •  Benefits of Walking

    • Any birdwatcher, stargazer or snowshoe enthusiast knows the pleasures of walking.  But walking is more than an enjoyable mode of transportation.  It can also improve your fitness, health and mental well-being.

    • Walking refreshes the mind, reduces fatigue and increases energy. More than half the body’s muscles are designed for walking; it is a natural movement that is virtually injury-free.

    • Walking provides an enjoyable time for sharing and socializing with friends or family.

    • Regular, brisk walking can reduce elevated blood fats or blood pressure and improve digestion and elimination.

    • Walking strengthens bones and helps prevent or control osteoporosis ( a condition where bones become brittle and fragile).

    • Walking relieves stress and tension.

    • Regular walking increases the number of calories you burn and helps you feel good about your body.  When combined with healthy eating, walking will help you maintain a healthy weight and a positive body image.

    • Brisk walking is an aerobic activity.  It increases the body’s demand for oxygen and trains your heart, lungs and muscles to work more efficiently.

    Additional Resources:

    Walk This Way - Video - HKPR District Health Unit