Boost the Planet's Health—and Your Own

Walking is helpful for both you and the environment.

Person with briefcase walking across courtyard

Medically reviewed in February 2021

Updated on March 14, 2022

Even if you don't drive a hybrid car and you sometimes forget to recycle, here's another way you can help protect the planet's health and your own: Lace up those walking shoes.

One scientist estimated that if everyone in the United States substituted an hour of walking a day for driving the same distance, oil consumption would be slashed by 38 percent. And the average Joe would burn 26 pounds a year!

It all adds up
A daily walk is one small step for you, but possibly one major collective step forward for humankind. If we all were a little less car-minded and a little more walking-minded, it would save billions in healthcare costs related to obesity. And what if those savings were applied to carbon-abatement programs? It's estimated that climate protection on that scale could reduce carbon emissions by up to 35 percent.

More ways to be green and healthy
Eco-friendly habits and age-reduction habits often go hand in hand. Here are a few more ways to save the planet and make your RealAge younger at the same time:

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