Benefits & Rewards of Walking
Walking or bicycling to work is associated with lower weight and less weight gain, whether or not people perform other, more vigorous forms of exercise.
According to the American Heart Associaion, there are many additinal benefits to regular exercise like walking:
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Improve blood lipid profile.
- Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity.
- Enhance mental well-being.
- Reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer.
- Reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes.
Communities with high rates of walking tend to have reduced rates of traffic deaths and injuries among bicyclists and pedestrians.
Shifting travel to non-motorized modes provides relatively large pollution reduction benefits because it tends to reduce short urban trips, which have relatively high emission rates. Each 1 percent of automobile travel replaced by walking and cycling is estimated to reduce motor vehicle emissions by 2 to 4 percent.
Track Your Trips
Manually track your trips through Metro Transit’s online Trip Tracker and you can see your emissions reductions, calories burned, money saved, and be eligible for prizes.
Guaranteed Ride Home
Ensure you are never stranded at work or school with the Guaranteed Ride Home program. Get reimbursed up to $100 per year for qualifying emergency rides.