A recent article on the medical website "MayoClinic.org" entitled "Walking shoes: Features and fit that keep you moving" featured information on why these shoes are so important. The fitness writers at the Mayo Clinic report, "Walking shoes were created for a certain function and to be fit correctly onto the foot. Every walking shoe is built in a different way. Before making a purchase, prospective wearers should be familiar with several brands and styles."
Data released recently from the National Walkers' Health Study which included more than 30,000 women revealed those who took the longest walks each week, versus those who racked up the most miles each week, were more likely to use less medication. Further studies from Italian researchers have found people who expended the most energy walking had a 27% lower risk of developing dementia compared to those who expended the least.