Our Bodies Are Made for Walking


Our Bodies Are Made for Walking

Huge health benefits heighten the need to make sure all Americans live in walkable communities. 

Photo by Johnny Silvercloud

Few things in life relieve stress, instill creativity and boost health and more than taking a stroll.

“Walking is a man’s best medicine,” Hippocrates declared in the 4th Century BCE.  “To solve a problem, walk around,” St. Jerome advised during Roman times.“When we walk, we come home to ourselves,” observes Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

This ancient wisdom is now backed up by modern science. A flurry of recent medical studies document the physical and mental health effects of walking as little as 30 minutes a day.

“The human body is designed to walk. Humans walk better than any other species on earth,” explained George Halvorson — former CEO of the  healthcare network Kaiser Permanente — at the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul.The three-day events was organized by America Walks — a non-profit group encompassing more than 800 state and local organizations.

1/15/2021 4:32:27 PM

I see no mention of air quality which can make walking unpleasant and unhealthy when air quality is poor. I love walking outdoors and hate when a car or truck spewing out fumes passes me, leaving a wake of toxicity for me to breathe in. Air quality in general needs strong Clean Air Act laws again - way overdue. Don't leave air quality out of this wonderful movement please.

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