Walking With America Benefits—Improve Your Happiness, Your Health, & Your Community

Since I started long distance walking, traveling anywhere between 3 – 23 miles a day, my life has significantly and wonderfully improved. I can confidently say that the individual worlds of my loved ones have improved right along with it, and I believe that even the universe has gotten a whole bunch brighter.

Without walking, I would undoubtedly be different. The way that I interact with the people around me, the way that I accept challenges, and how I view my daily circumstances would all have a duller, darker edge. These benefits of walking are right out there, hanging within reach, waiting for you to take them for yourself!

No matter how insignificant or distant the connection may be

We are all connected to each other. The premise of how Walking Changes America is simple: alter the way that you interact with the people around you, and in turn, their lives will experience their own unique transformation.

By changing the way that each person interacts with their circle—whether it’s through a smile, a friendly chat, or by walking a few steps together—this ripple effect gathers strength, breaking the threshold and letting happiness, joy, acceptance, and peace burst through.

This is why I am so passionate about people getting out to walk—the possibilities for change are truly endless! You have no idea how many wonderful, beautiful things are in store for you and for everyone around you once you begin walking. It will start with small steps, of course—but all the greatest movements do!

Of course, walking to generate happiness and health is nothing new. People all around the world, of all different races, backgrounds, health conditions, personalities, and beliefs have experienced wonderful benefits from regular walking.

In fact, many doctors and other health professionals cite moderate physical activity,
including walking, as a “magic pill” for excellent health. Even better, 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.

Heidi Simon, Partnerships & Communications Director at AmericaWalks.org, explains these benefits, saying:

Walking improves individual health and wellness, strengthens economies, and provides opportunities to access school, work, and play. It’s also a great way to connect with friends and families, explore your community, and have fun while staying physically active.

Still not convinced? Check out the sections below for a ton of well-researched and
documented benefits that can be had by taking a few steps each day!

The below “Benefits of Walking” come from www.AmericaWalks.org, the 20-year- long organization that is getting America moving.

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 – increasing community walkability improves home values, residents’ health, and local air quality.

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.

WALK WITH ME!

Walking has changed, is changing, and will continue to change lives across the country. It has certainly changed my life in EPIC ways that I never dreamt were possible—and this is exactly what I want for you, for your community, for our country, and (dare I say it?) even for our world.

With all the good that can come from walking, why wouldn’t you take a chance that your life could be transformed, that your community could breathe new life, or that America might stand a little taller? Why not roll the dice on sparking a ripple of happiness and positivity across the world?

Why not let walking change America, one step at a time? Why not WALK WITH ME, today?!

Walking Resources:

http://www.wherethesidewalkstarts.com/
http://americawalks.org/category/audience/walking-groups-clubs/
https://www.acefitness.org/advocacy/pdf/Walking_Toolkit_Community.pdf

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