UW Magazine: Why we walk

We were bipedal before we were human. But science still has much to explore about how we evolved—body and brain—to be walkers.


The benefits of walking include healthy aging and extend beyond the body to the brain—playing a role in staving off cognitive decline. “Research shows that the earlier we start walking, the better our chances are for healthy aging,” says Carolyn Parsey, a neuropsychologist at UW Medicine’s Memory and Brain Wellness Center [Nature and Health Steering Committee]. But “starting any time will improve your health.”

Illustratration of people walking on a trail outside within a forest setting
Illustration by James Yamasaki

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