As a new student in college, I find myself walking more than ever before. I walk everywhere: to and from class, to get food, or to run errands. I avoid taking the bus because I want to stay active. While I have a gym membership, I seldom use it. I find that I don’t have enough time between classes, and by the end of the day i’m tired from class, or have too much to do. I justify this by reminding myself I walk a ton on any given day, and I eat healthy. However, I don’t know if there’s any basis behind that. In this post i’m going to examine if walking everyday is enough exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.” Their research shows walking everyday helps people: maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones, and improve your balance and coordination.
The Mayo Clinic further explained, “the faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.” A few simple changes will make your daily walks more effective, and enjoyable: wear supportive shoes and have good posture to capitalize on the benefits of walking.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends people get 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. According to Kids Health, splitting physical activity into 15 minute increments throughout the day works just as well as doing a full 30 minutes at once. Meaning your various treks to class throughout the day are an acceptable way to engage your body in physical activity.
The Association of College Parents of America looked at a study from Tufts University that found students who exercise are generally happier. Essentially, walking to class is a good way to stay active in college. However, it is not enough to stay healthy. It’s important to stay active and make healthy choices.