Walking and Your Health

Walking is the simplest, lowest-cost way to be active. Studies have shown walking as little as 30 minutes a day, five days a week, can improve overall health and prevent diseases. To show how easy (and fun) it is to fit half an hour of walking in daily, Walk San Francisco, each April Walk San Francisco a citywide encouragement event promoting just 15 minutes of walking of the commute to and from work on Walk to Work Day.

The benefits of walking are even greater for children, who can develop lifelong healthy habits, and increase their academic performance by walking to and/or from school. To learn more about the resources Walk SF provides to families walk to/from school, visit Safe Routes to School.


Physical and Mental Benefits of Regular Walking

  • Improving mood and concentration
  • Increasing endorphins that improve mental and physical health
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Strengthening cardiovascular system
  • Balancing insulin production
  • Increasing bone density
  • Promoting weight loss or weight maintenance
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Strengthening nervous system and reflexes
  • Increasing production of growth hormones that counteract the effects of aging