Walking lets you slow down, relieve stress and interact with people, all while improving your fitness and reducing your risk of many diseases. Walking is a free and healthy way to get where you want to go. Think of a walk to your bus, carpool stop, or campus as an exercise opportunity. Studies indicate a daily walk can help:
- Lower stress levels
- Provide an overall sense of well-being
- Lengthen lifespan
- Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints
- Prevent depression
Most of the trips that Americans make every day are short enough to be accomplished on foot. In fact, 25% of automobile trips are less than one mile and 40% are less than two miles. But how do you make physical activity a habit that will stick? A start is to set reasonable goals, build gradually, and make your activities fun. The following are some easy ways you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine:
- Walk one trip a day that you’d normally drive.
- Put your headphones on and listen to music while you walk.
- Add more steps into your day by taking the stairs.
- Get a walking buddy for your walk to school.
- Keep a daily activity log. Estimate the mileage you walked or the minutes you spent doing something active.
- Buy a pedometer and consider wearing it all day long.
- Form a walking group with a regular schedule. Socialize while you exercise. Also, you’re less likely to cancel when others are counting on you.
- Take a walk during your lunch break
Local and National Walking Resources:
Program Director, Transportation Group
Phone: 831-426-5925 x127