Health benefits of walking for women

Research shows that walking has many health benefits and low risk of injury. It is now widely-known that walking:

  • Increases cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improves blood pressure control
  • Reduces muscular pain and joint stiffness
  • Improves blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes
  • Reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer

Four lesser-known benefits of walking for women aged 45 years and older:

  • Protects against hip fracture
  • Improves health-related quality of life, particularly mood
  • Helps weight loss and weight maintenance long-term
  • Slows the decline mental function from ageing

In this infographic, you’ll find answers to the question, “How much walking is needed to achieve these benefits?” If you find these figures daunting, start small and build up, as any amount of walking is better than doing no physical activity. This includes walking to get from place-to-place and walking for recreation or exercise.

Infographic on benefits of walking for women