Using the stairs instead of an elevator helps us keep trim and saves energy—and stairway design and placement, for instance, can boost the likelihood we’ll take the stairs.
Increase Physical Activity
When people move, they burn off calories. Slimming our waistlines isn’t all that moving does for us, however. Research consistently shows, for example, that when we’re walking we think more clearly, creatively and productively (whether inside or outdoors), and get along better with others.
Zuniga-Teran and her team have extensively investigated how neighborhood design influences physical activity and wellbeing.
Brookfield probed how resident preferences align with neighborhood design elements that have been tied to walkability.
Lathia and colleagues have identified ties between physical activity and happiness.
Researchers at Louisiana State University have studied links between parents’ concerns about neighborhoods and the amount of time their children spend playing outdoors.
Li and Joh have identified a relationship between home values, the bikeability of neighborhoods, and the presence of viable public transit.
Koschinsky and her team wanted to better understand what motivates people to lace on their sneakers and go for a walk.
Miller and Krizan studied the emotional consequences of the walking that we do as we live our daily lives.
Now there are even more reasons to make sure people exercising can listen to music.