Health experts say that walking is the best form of exercise; however, people now walk less. What could be the reason for this? What might encourage people to walk longer distance?

A daily walk of 30 minutes is said to be the best exercise. Our grandparents used to walk for miles on end to reach their destination. Today, people walk much less. Many factors are responsible for
this
. In the developed world most families have cars. They don’t walk even to the nearest grocery store. In the developing world, too, people are giving up the
habit
of walking because they have easy access to public transport systems. We all seek comfort. Walking on foot can be tiring. Needless to say, people prefer to travel by buses or cars whenever they have access to them. Motor vehicles are fast and
thus
they
also
help save time. Unfortunately,
this
habit
of using the car or bus has several negative consequences. Most of us now spend hours in the
office sitting
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office, sitting
in front of a computer. Because of
this
sedentary lifestyle, we have developed many
health
problems like obesity, diabetes and heart trouble. We can avoid most of these lifestyle diseases by simply walking for 30 minutes a day. Many people who have given up the
habit
of walking are unaware of the
health
problems they face. The government and
health
workers need to create awareness among the general public about the benefits of walking. People who use a car should park their vehicle farther from their office and take steps
instead
of the elevator. Children too should be encouraged to walk to school. Once they get used to
this
habit
, they are more likely to stick to it in the future too. To conclude, lack of time and the need for comfort are the reasons that prevent people from walking.
However
, most of us will start walking again if we are aware of its
health
benefits. So, creating awareness is the key. The government and the media can play an important role in
this
.
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