Every Step You Take is a Step Towards Good Health!

April 21, 2015

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Walking for Fitness, Healthy UNH Blog Photo, Florence, Italy

Before coming abroad I knew I wasn’t going to have the luxury of a gym like the Hamel Recreation Center .  I also knew a gym membership would be way too expensive to have abroad. Not going to the gym and eating all of the glorified food in Florence, Italy worried me!

When I talked to other people who went abroad they told me how much walking I would be doing and how all the walking would really contribute toward my daily exercise.  But not having any experience yet, I was still skeptical. Finally arriving in Florence, I finally understood the advice they told me.  The amount of walking I do around Florence and visiting other cities is unreal! According to my pedometer on my iPhone (which I like to think is accurate) there have been days where I have walked up to fourteen miles! Since I live in a city and I love to explore, the minimum amount of steps I do a day is about 10,000 steps.  That is equivalent to almost five miles! Being in such an amazing city I never get tired of walking. There is always something new to explore every day! 

So what are the benefits of walking?  Research has been shown that walking and doing moderate physical exercise for at least 30 minutes a day can:

  • reduce the risk of coronary heart disease 
  • improve blood sugar and blood lipid profiles
  • maintain a healthy body weight
  • lower the risk of obesity
  • enhance a state of mental well-being. 

Every day I try to reach the goal of 10,000 steps per day. 

There are apps available on iPhones called the Health App that can track your progress.  You can also purchase a pedometer for inexpensive price and clip it on to your pants to track your progress.  It’s amazing how much you may walk and not even know it!

There are many simple methods you can do to reach your goal of 10,000 steps. 

  • When parking your car, park the farthest away from the entrance.  These extra steps can really add up and now you don’t have to stress about finding a parking space; there will always be one in the back!
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Research has shown that climbing stairs can burn more calories than a traditional walk, can build leg power, and can also improve the amount of good cholesterol in your body. 
  • When on the Durham campus, use the UNH Campus Walking Guide to see how many miles you walk each day.

Always remember to keep walking and participate in other daily exercise that can benefit your health! 

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