Walking Benefits

There are many reasons that traveling by foot is a benefit to you, Pittsburgh, your community, your neighborhood, and Allegheny County.

As reported in a CNN news story, by each American walking for 30-minutes a day, as an alternative to driving, the planet would be saved 64 million tons of carbon dioxide, 6.5 million gallons of gas, and lose 13 pounds in a year.

Walking is green. Commitment to pedestrian mobility can have many positive effects on the environment:

  • Reduction in noise and air pollution
  • Reduction in traffic congestion
  • Reduction in carbon footprint
  • Reduction on automobile dependency
  • Reduction of gasoline usage
  • Promotion of social and livable, safe communities
  • Provides the opportunity to support local business and commerce

(Source: Walking is Green – Amy Bumgardner – Walking.About.com)

Walking is known as the most inexpensive and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Walking is also known as a low-impact form of exercise, offering a wide range of health benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower LDL bad cholesterol
  • Raises HDL good cholesterol
  • Reduces your risk of certain chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes) 
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Improves mood
  • Manage wieght
  • Helps you stay strong and fit
  • Increases physical activity
  • Increases recreational activity

(Source: UPMC)

The benefits to your health and wellness can be greatly increased by regular exercise, including walking. Join us at WalkPittsburgh in "Making Pittsburgh and one of America's Most Walkable Cities"