What can walking do for you?
All over the world, walking is encouraged as a simple form of exercise which fights obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. Because of this, it is widely accepted as an effective way to reduce illness cases in a community.
However, the fast-paced nature of life as we know it in the 21st century has led people to get used to getting from one place to another through vehicles or motor transportation, and this has resulted in a decrease in physical exercise. This in turn has led to higher cases of obesity, muscular dystrophy, and the like.
These emerging problems seem very large and difficult to attend to, but reality is much simpler: people simply need to relearn engaging in daily exercise, and we have to realize that there are better alternatives than using motor vehicles for transportation. Simply put, people should be taught once again to use the most primitive form of transport: walking.
In 1995, Palmer conducted a study which sought to compare the self-esteem ratings of people who walked more compared to people who did not walk as much. The study revealed that people who were more exposed to walking eventually achieved higher self-esteem ratings. When they traced the results of the study, it was found that allowing people to belong to a walking group gave them the opportunity to interact with each other, make new friends, and in the process, they raised their self-esteem through each other’s support.
Walking is not just about exercising. As previously stated, it is one way of interacting with other people as well. When one interacts, it builds friendship; it builds a wide social support for the person. To support this, an experiment was made with 1,285 participants answering a 12-item questionnaire. Results showed that walking, especially recreational walking, strengthens social coherence among people. This, of course, has a huge impact on people’s health.