Walk Your Way Right Into A Healthier Life!

November 24, 2015

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Walk Your Way Right Into A Healthier Life!
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Have you ever considered how even small amounts of walking each day could greatly improve your health and overall wellbeing?

It is easy to forget about how important it is to stay active as a busy adult who is dealing with the stresses of everyday life. The Harvard Medical School website states that walking does not get the credit that it deserves, and it provides more health benefits than many people think!

There is no need to pay for an expensive gym membership, or to learn how to operate complicated exercise equipment in order to stay healthy. By simply making an effort to walk in neighborhoods, on trails, or up stairs everyday, your health could greatly improve.

According to the Harvard Health site, similar to other forms of moderate exercise, walking has the ability to improve many cardiac risk factors. Some of these risk factors include

  • Cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Mental stress

A study conducted by Harvard Medical School has shown that “Among 44,452 male health professionals, walking at least 30 minutes a day was linked to an 18% lower risk of coronary artery disease.” The study also analyzed that walking reduced the risks of cardiovascular events by 31%.

Walking can be beneficial for a person’s physical and mental health. Although engaging in physical activity may seem like a daunting task, there are so many small things that a person can do to improve their physical health. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking for thirty minutes each day after work can drastically improve your physical health.

If you do not know your way around the area, or you don’t know how far you are actually walking on campus, Healthy UNH provides all staff, students, and community members with a UNH campus walking guide. This guide allows you to track the distance that you have walked around campus, and it can also help you discover new paths to walk along at UNH!

To find out more tips on how to improve your health and wellbeing, check out other Healthy UNH blogs!

 

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