Walkability: How Ditching the Car Can Improve Your Health

Walkability: How Ditching the Car Can Improve Your Health

Exercise can mean different things to different people. I think it’s strange that we’ve forgotten the way our ancestors used to exercise: through hard work, daily activities and going from place to place.

Walking is good for you. It’s so good for you, in fact, that many weight loss organizations and health professionals recommend simple ways to walk more, like taking the stairs, taking walks during lunch breaks and parking farther away from the grocery store.

What if you could take it one step further? What if you could rely on your feet and your community, rather than a gas-consuming car, as a means for getting around?

Since moving to Chicago, my husband and I have relied on public transit as our sole means of transportation. I take two busses and a train to get to work, walking a total of about a mile per day in-between stops.

You really get to know a community when you’re bumping elbows with citizens of all races and classes and seeing the neighborhoods and shopping areas. You feel good about what you’re doing for the environment and what you’re doing for your body.

I wonder now how I got up every morning and drove forty minutes to work. It made going to work a means to an end rather than an experience. Our lives should never be a means to an end – we should embrace the joys and inconveniences of human life. Now let’s go for a walk!



Written by: Maggie



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