Whether you live on Mount Olympus, west campus, south campus or near Marshall street, chances are you will encounter a hill during your commute to and from campus. This could be a bad thing if you want to wear heels or walk to class without turning into a sweaty mess, but this is also a good thing. As it turns out, walking up and down these hills can be one of the best things you do for your body. We all know the benefits of walking, but think of how toned your legs and glutes will be after a semester spent traversing the dome steps.
It’s good for your heart
Regular walking has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol.
Keeps your weight in check
Strolling at 2 miles per hour can burn 75 calories in just 30 minutes. If you pick up the pace to 3 miles per hour, you’ll burn over 100 calories in 30 minutes. Walking also increases your muscle tone, which means the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism works. This means you’ll burn more calories even while resting.
Tones your legs, bum, and tum
When your legs are burning after hiking up one of the many staircases here on campus, think of all the great things happening inside your body. Keep your posture in check and your core tight to start seeing positive tummy results.
As we approach fall and winter, be sure to embrace those chilly mornings. One of the best natural energizers is brisk air in your face; it wakes up every cell in your body and gets the oxygen flow going.
It makes you happy
Exercise is proven to boost your mood and relieve stress and anxiety. Walking with buddies is a great way to keep your walks interesting and to enjoy the company of others.
The next time you find yourself complaining about the long walk, remember all the wonderful benefits your body is receiving. Thank you ‘Cuse for the wonderful workout, everyday.
Now go enjoy the sun while supplies last!
By Sydney Hughes