This Activity is Getting a Leg-Up in the Fitness Community

November 5, 2015

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This Activity is Getting a Leg-up in the Fitness Community
Photo Courtesy of: Ellen Gibbs 

Think Walking is Only a Means of Getting From Point A to Point B? Think Again, This Low Impact Form of Exercise is Making Big Strides. 

The benefits of walking are endless. Sure, it may not be as exciting as jiu-jitsu, or as intense as spin class, but when all you need is to get away from the hustle and bustle of college life, it’s there for you-- right outside your door. Not only is it proven to aid in weight loss, but studies have shown it can lower levels of stress and boost mood. If you go consecutive days of high intensity workouts, consider adding a walk to your workout regime as it may help prevent further injury and improve joint function. 

Before winter sets in the Northeast, find time to explore UNH’s noted College Woods. Over 200 acres of vast trails are maintained on campus, minutes from The Whittemore Center on Main Street. It’s open to walkers, runners, and bikers alike, but when the snow rolls in, the trails are great for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. If the harsh elements don’t appeal to you, there is always the Hamel Recreation Center, open year round, with an indoor track and treadmills. Whatever your preference, UNH has got your back to make sure students stay active and well throughout the year.

So, what’s stopping you? Grab your sneakers and go. It’s that simple! Need more motivation? Maybe a walking group is for you. Not only is this a great way to decompress, socialize, and strengthen friendships, it also pushes you to go further and faster than you would walking on your own. Have the group agree on a time and place. An even number of people is something you may want to consider, that way there’s no odd man out. Want to take it to the next level? Try this: everyone read the same book, or watch the same TV series; this sparks conversation and strengthens the bond between group members.

Don’t forget-- no one owns the road, so respect the laws of traffic and share the sidewalks with others. Happy trails! 

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