There are many health benefits to walking. Walking can benefit people living with dementia, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. The infographic below by Every Body Walk! shows a summary of the health benefits of walking. Join the walking movement!
How can I join the walking movement?
For those of you who want to do something locally, you can join the walking movement in several ways:
> Sign up for a running or walking event in your neighbourhood. RunGuides provides a list of running events and clubs in cities across North America. Most of the running events have a walking option.
> Start your own walking club with friends.
> Commit to walking goals such as walking to complete chores, getting around on the weekends by only walking, or walking to and from work.
> Go to a walking clinic to learn the proper way to walk.
> Achieve your personal best by using a walking app, such as the Walk10Blocks app, or other activity trackers to monitor your walking activities.
Can you think of other ways to join the walking movement? Please share with us via the comments below or on our Facebook page.
The 2017 National Walking Summit
To celebrate the walking movement, America Walks is hosting the 2017 National Walking Summit. The summit will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota this fall and is open for registration. Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability will be the theme of the summit.
Highlights at the summit include:
> Break-out sessions with experts from the field to share best practices and new resources
> Learning-from-place mobile workshops where attendees can explore the walkability of St. Paul, Minnesota
> Intensive skill-based trainings to equip attendees to create change in their own communities
> Featured speakers that will unite and inspire walking champions from across the US
The National Walking Summit is an opportunity for community, advocates, nonprofit representatives, government officials, developers, and transit, health, and planning professionals to share best practices and stories, increase the visibility of key issue, build support for the walking movement, and create momentum for the work ahead. The goal of the summit is to explore the growing power of the walking movement, bridge communities and learn about existing disparities that challenge us.