Increasing walking levels in the county will bring many benefits including;
Scientific evidence now proves that regular walking at a moderate intensity can
- reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease
- helps in the control of fat gain and obesity
- helps increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis
- reduce stress and anxiety levels
- has the potential to improve social health and mental wellbeing
Walking has many possible economic benefits for the individual and the wider community including;
- reduced health care costs.
- increased levels of visitors and tourists (for events, use of trails, etc.)
- increased workplace productivity
- reduced fuel costs
Active transport refers to journeys that use physical activity instead of motorised means to travel. Walking to work, to school or college, or to the shops is a very practical way to increase daily walking levels and contributes to the creation of a healthy environment by:
- reducing reduces CO2 emissions and air pollution – and improving overall air quality.
- reducing the use of carbon fuels.
- reducing traffic congestion and road maintenance costs.
- creating safer, more sociable and livable communities.
Because of its many forms walking is hugely accessible and has the potential toinclude most people – without regard to age, gender, fitness levels, education or income. Some of the social benefits of increasing walking levels include:
- increased family and community connectedness.
- improved social networking.
- reduced isolation and loneliness.