Research continues on neighborhood walkability. Koohsari, Oka, Nakaya, and McCormack (study published in the Journal of Urban Health) conducted an extensive research project: “‘Our analyses revealed that street integration influenced walking undertaken as a means of transport. Importantly, it was the availability of destinations that strengthened this relationship. As far as leisure walking was concerned, there was no significant relationship between the distance covered and the degree of street integration,’ says Dr. Koohsari.
Increase Physical Activity
Creating walkable spaces can be as good for our physical health as it is for our mental health. Koohsari, Nagai, Oka, Nakaya, Yasunaga, and McCormack report that “neighborhoods with more active living options and higher population density were associated with fewer risk factors for metabolic syndrome. . . . Cardiovascular diseases continue to be the leading causes of death worldwide. Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors including hypertension and obesity, significantly increases the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases. . . .
Zhang and colleagues report on the implications of exercising in different conditions.
Promoting attachment and public health
The Global Wellness Institute has published the Wellness Policy Toolkit: Physical Activity.
Patelaki and colleagues’ work confirms the value of developing spaces where people can walk.
Goel and colleagues evaluated workers’ experiences in various sorts of workspaces.
When people are active, moving indoors or outside, they’re likely happier as well as healthier. Their brains work more effectively, they’re better at problem solving, creative thinking, and getting along with others, for instance. Neuroscience research establishes how design can encourage us to get, and keep, a move on.
Mustafa and Ali reviewed published studies to learn how workplace design can encourage people to use stairs instead of elevators.
Comparing workplace effects