Why We Walk
Walking is a great way to get the physical activity needed to obtain health benefits. Walking does not require any special skills. It also does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.
I walk with my friends because it lets me be outside in nature, get some exercise and we talk about everything when we walk together. I mean everything!
- Joyce Shulman
Walking for 2.5 hours a week—that’s just 21 minutes a day—can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%.
I walk because it gets me out of the house and into the fresh air. I always feel accomplished, energized and ready to conquer the day afterwards!
- Mary Shoemaker
Instead of grabbing an unhealthy afternoon snack, I like to take a walk outside. Truth is I'm usually not hungry but actually need to move my body, clear my mind and be present in the moment. Walking does that for me. And when I'm done I don't crave that unhealthy snack anymore.
A study of 6,000 women, ages 65 and older found that age-related memory decline was lower in those who walked more.
-California State University
Walking allows me to focus on the moment versus the 700 other things that need to get done in a day. I can walk alone and take in the beauty around me or walk with friends and stay connected to my tribe. It’s been a wonderful addition to my lifestyle change to get healthier!
- Megan Barnes
You know that exercise is medicine. It’s also good for the social fabric of our communities.