The purpose of this chapter is to review and synthesise the available evidence for the health benefits of walking. It follows a non-systematic evidence review and finds that the evidence base for the health benefits of walking is growing. Increasingly we are finding strong evidence for the beneficial effects of walking for both individuals and populations. More evidence is required on how to better understand the health outcomes associated with walking and how to promote long term increases in walking behaviour. Systematic reviews of specific health benefits remain rare. Walking should be promoted in all population groups regardless of age or sex. There are currently few existing integrative syntheses of the physical and mental health outcomes associated with walking and this chapter aims to help fill that gap.
We would like to thank Ellie Mutrie and Steve Munro, our dogs, who attended and assisted the writing retreat that that generated this chapter.
Kelly, P., Murphy, M. and Mutrie, N. (2017), "The Health Benefits of Walking", Walking (Transport and Sustainability, Vol. 9), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 61-79. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2044-994120170000009004
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