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Walking and Your Health

Fall is officially here, and now that the rush to move on campus and start classes is over, many of us have settled into student life. With extra time, cooler temperatures, and beautiful weather, fall is the perfect time to start that exercise regimen you’ve been putting off. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity.” 150 minutes can sound like a lot, but that equates to only 30 minutes five days a week. Most of us can spare just 30 minutes a day for better health!

 So, what is a moderate-intensity aerobic activity? 

A few examples include: 

  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Gardening
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Dancing

Walking is a great moderate-intensity aerobic activity that most people can do. With walking being low impact and having a low risk for injury, young and older adults alike can reap the benefits of taking a 30 minutes stroll. According to the CDC, some benefits of walking include:

  • Improved overall health
  • Lowered risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers
  • Improved mental health (lowered risk for depression and anxiety)

The next question you might ask is how can you can fit this into your schedule or make it fun. Consider the following ideas:

  • Invite a friend
  • Listen to music or a pod cast
  • Listen to a recorded lecture (multitasking!)
  • Start a walking group with other people in your dorm or classes
  • Take a new route/change of scenery
  • Walk for 15 minutes during study breaks
  • Make this time for yourself to relax and decompress

Taking 30 minutes a day most days of the week is a very easy and small step to better overall health. Invite a friend and keep each other accountable. Health should be a priority, just as studying and socializing are. If you are new to exercising or physical activity, please contact your health care provider before starting a new exercise regime. 

For more information, or if you have any questions, please reach out to use at the Campus Health Center (CHC). The CHC is located on Wayne State’s campus and offers a variety of health services. This means you can fit your appointment in between classes. The CHC offers nutrition, weight management, and exercise counseling services if necessary. Drop by the Wayne State Campus Health Center for all your health needs, or call 313-577-5041 to schedule an appointment or ask questions.

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