Walking is good for your brain, your heart, your bones and your lungs. It helps alleviate symptoms of depression, reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer and can even prevent type 2 diabetes.
Walking for 30 minutes three times a week will improve your cardio-respiratory fitness and short walks of brisk walking – just 10 minutes per day – are just as effective in decreasing body fat as walking 30 minutes a day.
Overall physical function and prevention of physical disability is another great reason to leave the car in the garage!
Tips: If you’re not used to walking regularly, start slow. Stretch properly before you go and take a minute to think through your route. Don’t walk further than you can walk back – pace yourself and build up to longer walks later.