The mental and emotional benefits of walking

Walking has numerous benefits. For one, it can be a very good way to get physical exercise. Research indicates that the upsides of walking are not just limited to the physical, however. Studies have pointed to walking yielding several different types of mental and emotional benefits.

Among the things research has suggested that walking has the potential to improve for people in the mental/emotional realm are:

  • Connectivity between brain cells.
  • Creativity.
  • Mood.
  • Working memory.

The many positive impacts, including mental/emotional impacts, walking can have underscore how important it is for people to have safe places to walk. One of the main aims of sidewalks is to provide pedestrians with such a place. However, while sidewalks can help keep pedestrians safe from cars, they can have their own safety hazards attached to them when they are not properly maintained.

For example, certain things could up the risks of pedestrians tripping/slipping and falling while on a sidewalk, including the sidewalk being: slippery due to snow or ice, uneven, cracked or broken. Falls on sidewalks can cause pedestrians to suffer broken bones, tendon injuries, muscle strains or other injuries. This underscores how important it is for the parties that are responsible for keeping a given sidewalk properly maintained to follow through on their responsibilities.

When a person is injured in a fall on a sidewalk, and suspects that their fall was caused by the sidewalk being improperly maintained, skilled attorneys can help them with looking into evidence on the condition of the sidewalk and the circumstances around the fall. They can also help them with building a legal case against the at-fault parties in the incident.

Source: Forbes, “Six Reasons Why Walking Is The Daily Brain Medicine We Really Need,” David DiSalvo, Oct. 30, 2016