It was one of the basic necessities for every individual to remain physically active. Our community was much condense in this regard. Because of saturation and intense traffic on roads, there exists several problems. People of the society are suffering from different diseases like chronic sicknesses, such as heart disease, cancers. Similarly, because of not having walking tracks, there was a much problem and more chance of having several accidents. Similarly, it was not possible to walk on roads especially in kind of circumstances when there was huge traffic on roads. In order to overcome it, there was needed to have a walking paths (footpaths) where the individuals of the society can not only walk but also helps persons to walk on that particular track, irrespective from walking on roads.
It’s been a largely debate from earlier times, as previous societies planning don’t account to have any area preserved for walking paths. As the society develops, the movement of individuals also increases, which made it difficult to walk on roads as there was intense traffic nowadays. By having these kind of walking track, there was a chance that one can overcome much saturation on roads.
Similarly, through these walking tracks, one was able to do morning walks, in order to remain physically active. It was the best way to improve health and well-being for themselves and such activity was suitable to all kinds of persons. However, in particular context to walking, one can not only makes it attractive activity but also it can prompt walkability within specified community. In addition to encouraging walking, there was need to enhance the outlook as well as provide facilities like walking footpaths by which not only people would get attracted towards it but it would help to improve the beauty of the community as well. Whether you are going challenging bushwalk, school walk or long night walk or leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll, walking tracks are your best option, if proper tracks are available (Neatt, Millward & Spinney, 2017).
In this report I’ll put forward the essential features because of which one consider the effectiveness and inevitability of walking path within any particular community.
Enhancing the beauty of community through walking tracks
One need to be sure that walking tracks within any community structured program and development phase help them to increase its value and improvement within the society. There might be chance that it attract the outsiders towards it and influence them to live there. So, walking paths not only enhances the personal health but also help in development of financial strength of the society as well. Like for instance, there was a location where there was walking path and at the same time a location where there was no foot path for persons to walk upon. It was evident that the society having walking path must have more economic value than that of other particular place (Cohen et al., 2007). Correspondingly, in all those walkability communities, the lifestyles of individuals also enhances. It was evident that it not only enhances the lifestyle but highlights in terms of fiscal measures, when it was been compared with other society within the define region.
On the other hand, one also measure that by having such walking tracks, the individuals are able to not only explore the nature but also observe the beautiful environment along with its surrounding. Likewise, they also enhance visual look of our society. According to Saeidi, most beautiful sites have to be observed on foot, while walking trails are one of the main element of the home community, which define, presence, and condition of the environment (Saeidi. et al., 2017).
There are many other aspects by which one realize the importance of walking tracks like through these foot-paths, one can develop an emotional link between the environment and its users. Walking is the mean by which somebody can enjoy the beauty of the community slowly can feel peace and calm. It also develop the associations between visual value and physical appearances of community. According to this, walk ability and its relationship with people lifestyle are very vital.
Walking tracks are important for Physical Health
From the very long time, it was recognized that walking is the best exercise to remain healthy for life. Walkability relates positively to the well-being of any human. There is a correlation between physical action, lifetime satisfaction, good health and perceived physical function. Walking can provide extensive fitness benefits, which can inspire societies to walk daily. People need safe places to walk where they can relax and reduce their tension. There is no safer place other than their home society walk tracks (Napier, Brown, Werner & Gallimore, 2011).
Individuals don’t want to go outside from their society, as not only younger individuals walk, but other persons like elders need to walk, but because of health concerns. It was evident that walking was the most influential communal health practice (Cohen et al., 2007). It is the easiest method to uphold a physically active routine. Walking is a year-round technique that can be done by people of any ages no matter they are old, middle or young even people with some physical or mental disabilities can do walk easily. Every day walk can improve cardiovascular fitness, decrease extra body fat, strengthen bones, and boost energy level in the body.
Social Aspect for having Walking Tracks
Neighborhood walkability is vital to organizers and plan makers in the community health, transportation, and land usage while making societies. Many researchers show that walking paths can effect social circle within the society. Parent and child observations of walkability to school are positive, so it increases associations of society with walking tracks (Napier, Brown, Werner & Gallimore, 2011).
Children, who cannot drive or their schools are nearby can easily walk to the school or ride the bicycle. Children who are limited to the immediate distance can also enjoy walking paths while playing or enjoying their leisure time or can meet their friends (Hume et al., 2009). Tracks provide an opportunity for people to experience and talk with each other. It is the best way for residents with low-income, minority communities to interact with other or enhance physical activities (Ball et al., 2007).
If an individual wants to set and think about his own goals and plans, walking is the best strategy. It can also be a social event, for example, walking group or exploring people with compatible souls and minds. Feeling of loneliness or isolation can also be relieved from walking with people (Wood, Frank & Giles-Corti, 2010). In last, by having concluding statement, one was needed to be sure that walking can give new ideas on improving environmental strategies, such as support for neighborhood walking tracks, as well as personal and social factors, only if there are proper walking tracks available within the society.
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