Taking a walk is found helpful in maintaining the physical fitness, as recent study revealed that walking with a purpose especially walking to go to work, makes people walk more faster and consider themselves to be healthier.
In the study, published in the Journal of Transport and Health online, earlier this month founded that walking for various reasons yield numerous levels of self rated health. People who primarily walked to places, for example work and to the grocery store from their homes are reported to have better health than people who walked mostly for leisure.
An associate professor of city and regional planning in the Ohio State, University Knowlton School of Architecture , Gulsah Akar said that,”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.So, basically, both as city planners and as people, we should try to take advantage of this as much as possible.”
The study has taken data from the National Household Travel Survey,2017, a U.S. data set collected from span of April 2016 to May 2017.
The analysis of research on self reported health involved 125,885 adults within the age of 18 to 64. Those adults who are reported have spent the number of minutes on walking for different purposes like from home to work, from home to shopping and also from home to recreation activities and walking trips that did not start at their homes.
The respondents of survey were ranked on a scale 1-5 to know how healthy they are. The database that the researchers analysed included more than 500,000 trips.
The researchers , Akar and Gilsu Pae, Ohio State doctoral student found that walking for any duration, for any purpose, shows how healthy a person felt.
They also found that an additional 10 minutes of walk per trip from home to work based trips , for example, from a person’s house to the bus stop that is 10 minutes away, increase the person’s chances of having a higher health score by 6 per cent as compared with other people who walk for other reasons. People who walk from home for reasons not connected to either work, shopping or recreation were 3 per cent more likely to have a higher health score. And, the researchers found, People who walked for work faster on a average of about 2.7 miles per hour than the people who walk for other reasons. People who walked for recreational purposes like an stroll after dinner ,walked on average of about 2.55 miles per hour, as founded by the researchers.
Generally, the walking trips that starts from home are longer than the walking trips that begin some other place. The team of researchers founded that 64 per cent of home based walking trips last for at least 10 minutes, while 50 per cent of trips that begin elsewhere stays at least that long.
Akar has studied the ways of people travel for years and she said it was a surprise to see that walking for different purposes can led to a difference in how healthy people believed they actually were.”I was thinking the differences would not be that significant, that walking is walking, and all forms of walking are helpful,” she said. “And that is true, but walking for some purposes has a significantly greater effect on our health than others.”
Akar also added that the findings shows 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.”That means going to a gym or a recreation centre aren’t the only ways to exercise,” Akar said. “It’s an opportunity to put active minutes into our daily schedules in an easy way.”