Walking Changes America

WALKING CHANGES AMERICA

Over the years I have walked and hiked and ran many miles.   There is nothing like being outside and taking new walking tours on paths, trails, sidewalks, streets and even some highways.  I love being present with the beautiful variety of landscapes, feeling the love of the universe through orange glow sunrises and sunsets shining down on me.  The moons are fascinating mostly because I send my love through night skies and imagine my kisses falling on the faces of those I love.

Since I started long distance walking, 3 – 23 miles a day, my life has improved.  The worlds of my loved ones have improved, and I believe the universe as a whole as improved.  Without me and my walking things would be different.  It is why I am so passionate about people getting out to walk.  They truly have no idea what is in store for them.  From the peace of mind to being more mindful to getting physical to listening for new ideas to literally changing your community, region, America maybe even the world.  And why wouldn’t you walk today?

Quiet Walking

Social Walking

 

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Benefits of Walking

Benefits of Walking

Many doctors and other health professionals cite moderate physical activity, including walking, as a “magic pill” for excellent health. It can maintain the body’s systems in good condition and reduce the risk of chronic illness.

Good health is not the only benefit of walking. In fact, there is a broad range of individual and community benefits that accrue when people walk more often and when communities are designed to make walking safe, enjoyable, and convenient.

Safety Benefits: Walkable neighborhoods have much lower rates of traffic fatalities – for both pedestrians and motorists – compared with automobile-oriented areas. Download in Spanish

Health Benefits: Fewer than 50% of Americans meet the minimum guidelines for moderate physical activity – walking is the easiest and most affordable way to correct this problem. Download in Spanish

Social Equity Benefits: Low-income families are more reliant on walking for essential journeys than the middle class, and yet low-cost housing is often located in the most car-dependent places.

Environmental Benefits: Transportation is responsible for one third of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions – converting short driving journeys to walking journeys is reducing this impact significantly.

Transportation Benefits: One quarter of all trips in the U.S. are 1 mile or less, and yet most of these trips are taken by car – increasing walking reduces traffic congestion and the cost of road maintenance. Download in Spanish

Economic Benefits: The average household cost to own and operate one car in the U.S. is $9,000 per year – walkable neighborhoods allow families to own fewer cars and save money. Download in Spanish

The fact sheets were produced by America Walks in partnership with Sam Schwartz Engineering.  For further information on this partnership and the original Walk Steps project, Click Here.

 

Walking Resources:
http://www.wherethesidewalkstarts.com/

http://americawalks.org/category/audience/walking-groups-clubs/

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/walking/2012/04/why_don_t_americans_walk_more_the_crisis_of_pedestrianism_.html

https://www.acefitness.org/advocacy/pdf/Walking_Toolkit_Community.pdf

 

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