Children do not always need to be independent or unsupervised to gain in autonomy and a sense of control. Just being able to walk around expands their world.
A big reason the idea is gaining momentum globally is that the benefits for the health of individuals, communities and the environment are clear and almost immediate.
Factors such as having supportive family and friends, safer communities, positive school environments and adequate resources, are often associated with more physical activity.
Short, frequent walks throughout the day are key to helping prevent the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
Almost all theories of human bipedalism explain it as a terrestrial adaptation. A new study does not support that view.
Walking backwards burns more calories and has many other health benefits.
Ant feet are equipped with an array of tools – from retractable sticky pads to claws to special spines and hairs – enabling them to defy gravity and grip virtually any surface.
A comparison of 42 urban areas in New Zealand with 500 towns and cities in the US shows how much better local urban design has to be if we’re serious about reducing reliance on cars.
Using poles while you walk can be a great, low-impact way to exercise.
Traffic crashes kill and injure millions worldwide every year and are a major drain on economic development. Improving road safety would produce huge payoffs, especially in lower-income countries.
Walking roots us in new places. It also unlocks memories of those we’ve moved away from.
A new study finds congestion charging and creating car-free streets and separated bike lanes have been most effective at reducing car use in European cities.
A walk can gift you fresh eyes to see otherwise forgotten or ignored aspects of your local area.
Hard and strong, or bendy and flexible? A cartilaginous skeleton provides advantages in the ocean, but wouldn’t stand up to life on land.
Women in cities tend to get more walking done, which is beneficial to both their health and the climate. Making streets safer for cycling would give them greater access to cities too.
During pilgrimage walks, people often observe and appreciate simple things more keenly, feel the spiritual connection with their surroundings and gain new, enriching life perspectives.
The new year is a perfect time to adopt new health habits and routines. These four scholars reflect on the ways that they overcame the pandemic blues to get fit.
On Christmas day alone, it’s estimated that people consume around 6,000 calories.
Walking has taken a very long time to develop, with evidence of bipedalism among early humans in Africa roughly 4.4 million years ago.
While the figure of 10,000 steps a day has become a popular benchmark, new research finds we might not need to take quite so many strides to cut our chances of an early death.