Walking Away the Stress with the Wellness Walk

by Katie Bogusz on September 27, 2016

As students we face a lot of stress in our lives. It also seems like we aren’t always sure of healthy and productive ways of relieving stress.  But here at BSU we do have some resources for fun and active stress relieving activities, like the Wellness Walks put on by Outreach Education, the Wellness Center, and BSU Peer Educators.

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Wellness Walk…what is that?

Who: Sponsored by Outreach Education, the Wellness Center, and the BSU Peer Educators.

What: The wellness walk is a walk through the trails that surround the BSU campus.

Where: Meet at the Clock Tower area before we start the walk.

When: Every Wednesday from September 14th to November 2nd at 4:30pm.

Why: Allows you to explore parts of campus that you are not normally exposed to, allows you to appreciate the natural beauty of the town where you go to school, and is helpful to your physical and mental health

How can Walking help you Physically?

Walking may seem like a day to day activity for all of us but we do not realize how much it can positively affect our health. Walking helps lower blood pressure, which in turn lowers your risk of heart disease and even strokes (What is Blood Pressure?).

Walking can also lower levels of bad cholesterol, which is brought on by eating food high in fat, like fast food. What walking can also do is raise good levels of cholesterol, which is beneficial because if your levels of bad cholesterol are too high it can cause a build-up in your arteries.  This can cause a “hardening of the arteries, so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked” (High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know).

Walking can also help you lose weight or maintain weight. Since the school year is so busy it is sometimes easier to just grab a slice of pizza instead of making a healthy home cooked meal.  Or if you have a meal plan it can be oh so tempting to get those fries in the dining hall with your meal.  So if you’re worried about staying in shape or just want to maintain the body you already have, walking is a great low stress and fun workout for you!

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How can Walking help you Mentally and Socially?

Like many forms of physical activity walking is beneficial to your mental health. It can improve your mood and lowers stress levels, so it is a great way to practice self-care!  So take the time during the Wellness Walk to deactivate and destress by talking a step back (or forward!) and enjoy the beautiful trails that surround BSU.

The Wellness Walk will also be a great place to meet new people!  We have a variety of students here at BSU since we are known as a commuter school, which can make the process of meeting new friends seem difficult and even daunting at times.  So come on down to the Wellness Walk and meet some new friends while also exploring some trails.

Can’t wait to see you at the next Wellness Walk!

With all the benefits of the Wellness Walk, why wouldn’t you attend! Once again, the Wellness Walk meets every Wednesday at 4:30pm from September 14th to November 2nd at the Clock Tower area.  What you can do in the meantime is like the BSU Outreach Education page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events at: my.bridgew.edu/OutreachEducation.

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Sources:

http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/BloodPressureandyou/Thebasics/Whatislow

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/resources/heart/heart-cholesterol-hbc-what-html

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