Why Walk

Increasing walking levels in the county will bring many benefits including;

Health Promotion

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

Economic Savings

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

Environmental Benefits

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.

Social Inclusion

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.