Why Walk? Fun Facts For Motivation

Get peace of mind

  • The Duke University Medical Center found that a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around a track three times a week was just as effective as antidepressant medication in relieving the symptoms of major depression in middle-aged and elderly people.
  • A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year showed that older women who walked regularly were less likely to develop memory loss and other declines in mental function than women who were less active. Those who walked 18 miles or more per week fared best.
  • According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, walking helps you maintain a positive outlook, and can make you look and feel younger.

Get a better body

  • Walking one mile a day burns 100 calories. You could lose ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.
  • A recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3mph) for up to 3 hours a week — or 30 minutes a day — can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who walk in their 30s and 40s can greatly reduce their risk of breast cancer.

Get a greener planet

  • The 1995 National Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) found that approximately 40% of all car trips are less than 2 miles in length — which represents a 10-minute bike ride or less than 40-minutes of walking. Also, since "cold starts" create high levels of emissions, shorter car trips are more polluting on a per-mile basis than longer trips.
  • The cost of operating a car for one year is approximately $5,170. The cost of operating a bicycle for a year is only $120. Walking is free!

Get inspired

  • One mile is about 2,000 steps, or a 20-minute walk.
  • A study of Amish adults by Novartis Nutrition found that men take an average of 18,425 steps a day and women take 14,196. Compare that to about 4,000 steps for the average American adult and it is easy to see why only 4% of Amish adults are obese, versus 31% of the general population.

 

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