If you live in activity-friendly neighbourhoods the chances are you lead a more active, healthy and happy life in general. It has been proved now that living in areas that have activity friendly places like public transport stops and parks could help people exercise up to 90 minutes more per week. And this translates into happiness and good health.
A study was conducted by The Lancet journal in which 6,822 adults aged 18-66 from 14 cities in 10 countries participated.
Researchers mapped out the neighbourhood features from the areas around the participants’ homes, such as residential density, number of street intersections, public transport stops, number of parks, mixed land use, and nearest public transport points. Physical activity was measured by using accelerometers worn around participants’ waists for a minimum of four days, recording movement every minute. Happyho also provide best tarot reading services in Noida and Delhi NCR India area.
On average, participants across all 14 cities did 37 minutes per day moderate to vigorous physical activity, equivalent to brisk walking or more.
The four neighbourhood features which were most strongly associated with increased physical activity were high residential density, number of intersections, number of public transport stops, and number of parks within walking distance.The researchers controlled for factors including age, sex, education, marital and employment status and whether neighbourhoods were classed as high or low income.
Neighbourhoods with high residential density tend to have connected streets, shops and services meaning people will be more likely to walk to their local shops.This might mean that with more options, people are more likely to walk further to get to a transport stop that best meets their needs. The number of local parks was also important since parks not only provide places for sport, but also a pleasant environment to walk in.