Why be a City Walker?
Well for starters it's a great way to get exercise.
1. Walking strengthens your heart
Being a walker is great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.
2. Walking lowers disease risk
Being a regular walker slashes the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60 percent, and you're 20 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb with an active hobby such as walking.
3. Walking helps you lose weight
You'll burn around 75 calories simply by walking at 2mph for 30 minutes. Up your speed to 3mph and it's 99 calories, while 4mph is 150 calories. Pretty soon you have burnt off that donut!
4. Walking prevents dementia
Older people who walk six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass. Since dementia affects one in 14 people over 65 and one in six over 80, we reckon that's a pretty great idea.
5. Walking tones up legs, bums and tums
Give definition to calves, quads and hamstrings while lifting your glutes (bum muscles) with a good, regular walk.
6. Walking boosts vitamin D
We all need to get outside more. Many people in the UK are vitamin D deficient, affecting important things like bone health and our immune systems. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while getting your vitamin D fix.
7. Walking gives you energy
You'll get more done with more energy, and a brisk walk is one of the best natural energisers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive.
8. Walking makes you happy
It's true – exercise boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking's an absolute must.
But our main goal is to give tourists a local experience on their own, with their healthy well being a great side effect. And it is our belief that can only happen when a person is walking in the city and immersed in the culture. When you are walking you can hear and feel the rhythm and hum of the city.
What was your last experience in a cab or Uber like? Did you feel the warm spring breeze or were you holding your breath trying not to choke on the "new car scent" smell?
With City Walker you get to experience a city the same way locals do. If you are looking for a canned experience of tourist hotspots, we are not for you. If you like to experience cities like a local, then City Walker is for you! Join us in living like locals and sign up today!
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