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By Sustainability Interns | May 21, 2015

May 20, 2015 was the sixth annual UC Walks. UC Walks is a system wide program coordinated by the wellness programs at each campus. This event promotes wellness and an active lifestyle by encouraging staff, students, and faculty to take at least 30 minutes out of their day to walk. This event aids in building community and campus spirit across the UC system.

A common New Year’s resolution tends to be for one to exercise more. However, throughout the year much motivation may be lost by individuals for a variety of reasons. So what are the life-long benefits of physical activity? If you want to feel better, have more energy, and even live longer, then you do not need to look much further than exercise. The benefits of an active lifestyle are shown regardless of age, gender, or current physical ability.

What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help to maintain weight loss. Physical activities result in the burning of calories. The higher level of intensity of the activity increases the amount of calories burned. If it is unrealistic for you to set aside large chunks of time for exercise you can still be more active during the day with simple task such as taking the stairs instead of the elevators. Exercise also combats health conditions and diseases. Being active boosts the amount of good cholesterol in your body and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This combination keeps blood flowing smoothly, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Regular physical exercise can help prevent and/or manage a wide range of health problems from certain cancers to even depression. A gym workout or a brisk 30-minute walk can help improve your mood. Physical activity stimulates the brain and leaves you feeling happier or more relaxed. Through exercise you also begin to feel better about your appearance and how you feel about yourself. This improves your confidence and can boost your self-esteem. You begin to develop greater muscle strength and boost endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and can help your cardiovascular system to operate more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go through daily activities.

The bottom line on exercise is that it is a fantastic way to feel better, gain health benefits, and to have fun. A good general goal is to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This is the entire purpose of the UC Walks event. It the work world today it is common for individuals to be involved in a sedentary work life. The impact of this nature of work on an individual’s physical and emotional health is why it is so important to engage in daily physical activity. Exercise is important to ensure that your body is strong and healthy enough to meet the challenges that you set for it. So let’s all embody the spirit of UC walks and stay active each day.


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