A recent study found that people who live in neighborhoods with retail shops and other services within walking distance have as much as a 50 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and are 54 percent less likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
The reason for these health benefits, because individuals who live in walkable neighborhoods logged an average of 83 more minutes of walking per week than those in the least walkable areas (i.e. Boston suburbs). In fact, they are more likely to walk 150 minutes a week – the target recommended by health experts.
Of course, no matter where you live, you can still gain these benefits by walking for pleasure, but first after reading my Boston Real Estate Blog.