The short article will explore some of the ways in which incorporating a short walk
into your daily routine will help boost your overall health.
The Public Health Agency of Canada, in line with the World Health Organization,
recommends 30 minutes of daily exercise that is somewhere between moderate and
vigorous in nature. For the purpose of this review, let’s place a nicely paced walk
into the moderate category, and speed walking into the vigorous end of the
? Walking is low impact for the body, therefore has low potential for injuries.
? It helps to maintain healthy fluid mechanics. ie. The pumping action of the
muscles in our lower limb helps with lymphatic and venous return. This is
good for our immune system and the health of our heart!
? Cost–effective; anyone can do it without breaking the bank on extra sports
gear or pricy memberships.
? Keeping up with a brisk or moderate pace has shown to burn as many
calories as running or jogging.
Who already implements this sort of thing?
Children in Japan have been walking to school since 1953. It’s true! In that year,
the practice of walking to school was implemented for school children. 61 years
down the road, this policy is now responsible for curbing childhood obesity in
that country by providing daily sources of physical activity.
To put it into perspective, only 3.5% of Japan’s population is considered obese,
while a recent study concluded that close to 25% of Canadians are obese. Now, I
don’t mean to conclude that this one factor is the key difference between two
countries and cultures to account for such a large difference in percentage, but
there is something to be said for establishing healthy active routines at a young
age while our bodies are still developing.
Our bodies are built to move! Some of our most inherent mechanisms require
motion in the body in order to operate; this is true for good blood circulation as well
as keeping bones strong and joints healthy. What better, and non-harmful way to do
this than to choose to walk instead of hopping on the subway or streetcar, or
spending some quality time with yourself or a loved one for a stroll.
Get out there!