Study reveals why walking to work better for health

IANS | Aug 15, 2020, 02:14 PM IST

Researchers have found that walking with a purpose -- especially walking to get to work -- makes people walk faster and leads to health benefits. The study, published in the Journal of Transport and Health, found that walking for different reasons yielded different levels of self-rated health.

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What kind of walk is useful

What kind of walk is useful

People who walked primarily to places like work and the grocery store from their homes, for example, reported better health than people who walked mostly for leisure. Photo: Pixabay

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Research findings

Research findings

'We found that walking for utilitarian purposes significantly improves your health and that those types of walking trips are easier to bring into your daily routine,` said study researcher Gulsah Akar from the Ohio State University in the US.Photo: Pixabay

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Walking tips

Walking tips

Those adults reported the number of minutes they spent walking for different purposes - from home to work, from home to shopping, from home to recreation activities and walking trips that did not start at their homes. Photo: Pixabay

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Walk is beautiful

Walk is beautiful

The researchers found that walking for any duration, for any purpose, increased how healthy a person felt. Photo: Pixabay

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How to increase health score

How to increase health score

People who walked from home for reasons not connected to work, shopping or recreation were three per cent more likely to have a higher health score. Photo: Pixabay

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How you can become more healthy

How you can become more healthy

The findings suggest that building activity into parts of a day that are otherwise sedentary - commuting by foot instead of by car, for example - can make a person feel healthier. Photo: Pixabay