ABOUT 10,000 STEPS
Every spring SHS invites all UW-Platteville students, staff, and faculty to participate in a 10,000 steps Walking Challenge. Any five individuals can create a team. You can even challenge other teams to some friendly competition!
What do you need?
Comfortable walking/running shoes
A team: Create and name a team with 5 walkers, designate a team captain, and register your team online. Specific information will be available each spring as the program develops.
Benefits of Walking
Walking has countless benefits ... whether you know it or not. It is so enjoyable and easy,
and it does so many good things for you.
You’re improving your cardiovascular condition if you’re regularly getting your heart rate
in your aerobic training zone. This can mean lower blood pressure, lower resting heart
rate, and increased oxygen delivery to your muscles.
Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease significantly as well as
improve your cholesterol profile, and reduce your risk of diabetes. Walking can also
increase bone mineral content and help prevent osteoporosis.
Longevity and Aging
While exercising may help you live longer, more important is its power to improve the
quality of life as you age. Recent research suggests that much of what we consider a part
of aging—weakness, declining aerobic activity, and increased body fat—is really the
result of inactivity.
The psychological benefits of walking are paid immediately in the form of improved
mood. Walking can have a powerful effect on your life. It can reduce depression,
tension, anxiety, and increased feelings of well being.
Researchers hypothesize that because walking improves circulation and increases
oxygen delivery while reducing depression and anxiety, it makes us feel more upbeat.
We know there’s no validation to the theory that we can actually spot reduce, but it is
a physiological fact that walking (especially walking at a fast pace) trains and tones the
muscles of the legs, buttocks, upper thighs, as well as the abdominals.
Calorie Burning and Weight Control
The evidence about exercise and weight loss is overwhelming. If you want to lose
pounds permanently, exercise must be a part of the program. The reasons are clear
to begin with, you burn calories when you walk. With fast walking, you’re going to
maximize that caloric expense, but studies suggest that regular walking also helps with
weight loss in other ways. Your metabolism seems to stay slightly higher for a few hours
after you stop exercising, burning even more calories.
NOTE: If you have a chronic illness or joint problems or any exercise restrictions you need to check with your health care provider before starting any exercise program.
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