There's no question: The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can transform your health. Research shows that a regular walking regimen decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure -- even cognitive decline. On top of these impressive findings, many people who walk regularly report less stress, better sleep, more energy, and a sense of empowerment from taking an active role in their health. Easy on the knees and compatible with even the most hectic of schedules, walking may be considered the ultimate life enhancer.
But while it's intuitive enough for even a child to learn, walking becomes transformative with intention. We've sought out some of the foremost experts on walking and asked them how to apply this accessible exercise to goals that matter most: getting fit, coping with stress, improving posture, raising overall vitality, and finding inspiration. On the following pages, you'll find all you need to jump-start, enhance, or revitalize a healthy walking practice. The rewards will pay off in more ways than you might have imagined.
Text by Kate Hanley; photography by John-Francis Bourke