The benefits of walking

Walking is the perfect activity to improve your physical, mental and social health

Walk at work

We are striving to get everyone in Scotland walking more every day.

We believe that walking is the key to a happier, healthier Scotland. This is because almost everyone can do it – no matter their age, income, gender or ability. It is the easiest and most accessible form of physical activity that can become part of your every day life. It is free, and no special equipment is needed.

Walk for physical health

A brisk walk can help you manage a healthy weight, strengthen muscles, and reduce your risk of some serious conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.

Walk for mental health

It’s proven that a short walk can really benefit your mental health, particularly if walking in your local park, woodland or greenspace. Regular walking can reduce the risk of depression, stress and anxiety and promote positive mental health by helping you to sleep better, connect to nature and enhance your connection with your local area.

Walk for social health

Our evidence tells us that walking with others at work or in local walking groups creates social and wellbeing benefits that are just as important as the physical benefits walking brings. Supporting older adults to be active with others reduces isolation and loneliness.

Walk for the environment

If more people walked more often, there would be a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution, and children would have safer routes to schools. By leaving the car for short journeys and walking instead, you can reduce your carbon footprint.

The case for walking really does add up. Feel the benefits for yourself and join us by walking everyday, everywhere.