Janet Viljoen, The Conversation:

There is no doubt that movement is essential for well being. The general guidelines are that 30 minutes or more of walking every day at a speed of between five and eight kilometres per hour can improve health.

And studies show that even when people don’t quite manage to walk for the recommended 30 minutes a day the benefits can still accrue. This proves that some walking is better than none at all.

For those who still need convincing, here are six reasons to take up a daily outdoor walk.

  • It doesn’t cost a thing
  • It prevents (or delays) Type 2 diabetes
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • It decreases body fat
  • Reduces symptoms of depression
  • No adverse side effects