Walking is the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Walking develops our strengths and muscles. It produces almost no noise or pollution and utilizes significantly fewer nonrenewable resources than any other kind of transportation. Walking requires energy provided directly by the traveler, and using that energy provides a beneficial cardiovascular workout.
Walking takes up a fraction of the space required to drive and park a car. Walking at a young age will benefit you in your old age and walking is the secret to a longer life. Furthermore, walking is cost-effective—in terms of direct user expenditures and public infrastructure investments, it is significantly less expensive than driving a car or taking public transportation. Walking is the most equitable means of transportation because it is cheap for almost everyone. (Guthold, R., Cowan, M.J., Autenrieth, C.S., Kann, L. and Riley, L.M., 2010)
Walking is a popular mode of transportation for short distances. As a result, assessing pedestrian mobility at the country level is problematic, as national travel surveys frequently overlook shorter excursions. In addition, the walking portions of trips done primarily by public transportation are commonly overlooked. As a result, the value of walking is currently undervalued.
The researchers looked at a dataset that included 717,527 users from 111 countries who used the smartphone app, Argus, to track their physical activity, with an average period of 95 days per user. Users' names were deleted from the app, but researchers were given demographic information such as age, gender, height, and weight.
Hong Kong wins the prize for most steps taken per day, with the typical resident doing 6,880 steps each day. China came in second with 6,189 steps. On the other hand, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia had the fewest average daily steps, with 3,963 steps, 3,807 steps, and 3,513 steps, respectively. With an average daily step count of 4,774, the United States came in 30th place.
The researchers discovered global activity imbalance or significant differences between active and idle persons within a country's borders. They found that a country's degree of activity disparity is substantially linked to its obesity rate. Inequality predicts obesity better than the average national step count.
The physical environment also matters, according to the researchers, since more walkable towns raised walking rates across all age, gender, and BMI groups. If their environments were adapted for pedestrians' requirements, females, in particular, demonstrated considerable walking increases.
Cities must prioritize pedestrian safety, convenience, culture, and comfort to make walking a desirable option. In terms of engineering, this is quite simple, but it can be politically difficult due to opposition from groups who expect to be severely impacted. Here are some ways your city can make it work.
Walking is an essential component of long-term wellness. According to the World Health Organization, physical inactivity is now the fourth biggest risk factor for worldwide death. In many nations, increased levels of inactivity are linked to large-scale issues such as aging populations and unplanned, un-walkable urbanization. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that walking is promoted for the benefit of its citizens and the environment. Walking is very much necessary for a healthy lifestyle. (Wintle, S., 2007)
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