Health and happiness

Walking may be as close to a magic bullet as you'll find in modern medicine ... If there was a pill that could lower the risk of chronic disease like walking does, people would be clamouring for it.

Dr. JoAnn Manson, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Studies show that regular walking can help to prevent heart disease, obesity, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, dementia and Alzeihmer’s. With 61% of adults and 25% of children overweight or obese, walking is now more than ever an essential ingredient in our long term health and happiness.

Regular walking can help you:

  • Become fitter and healthier, and improve cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness 
  • Feel more energetic 
  • Increase muscle strength and endurance 
  • Lose weight, reduce body fat and increase muscle tone 
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke 
  • Better manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes 
  • Reduce joint and muscular stiffness and pain 
  • Strengthen their bones and improve their balance

Walking for Happiness

What’s more, walking regularly makes you feel great and boosts your happiness. Taking a brisk walk gives you a chance to think and reflect, while helping your body to:

  • Promote the release of endorphins - “happy” hormones  
  • Release adrenaline – the body’s own “mood-lifting” chemical 
  • Produce serotonin for a good night’s rest 
  • Release muscle tension 
  • Facilitate more rhythmic breathing 
  • Increase feelings of euphoria as a result of dopamine