Could the walkability of your home affect your health?
We all know that regularly walking and running can be beneficial to our health – being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However, even beyond conscious exercise, it turns out that your home or apartment could have a major effect on the walking you do in your spare time.
What is your preferred mode of transportation when you go to the grocery store? Do you immediately think of your car, or walking instead? Do you most often find yourself grabbing your keys before even considering walking to your destination? These everyday decisions heavily influence your home’s “walk score,” which is a measure of the accessibility of your home to places like businesses, stores, and transportation hubs.
Seattle-based homebuilder American Classic Homes defines the walk score:
“A walk score is ranked on a scale of 0-100 with the top scores of 90-100 meaning that a car is not required to complete most daily errands and the lowest scores of 0-24 meaning that you will be almost completely dependent on your car or public transportation.”
American Classic Homes conducted a study of some famous home locations and determined their walk scores, you can check it out here. How does your home compare? Will you think of lacing up your sneakers before driving to the store next time around?