Regular physical activity is associated with enhancing health and reducing risk factors for many diseases. Benefits of increasing your physical activity can be obtained by adding moderate levels of activity to your day to day life. Walk your way to a healthier lifestyle and see our tips on how to make every step count. Or joining the Harper Student Wellness Center can get you on the track to healthier living. There's lots of ways to increase physical activity so grab a friend and get started! A healthier, happier you is waiting.
Download a campus Walking Trail Brochure and StairWELL Brochure here
- Walking Trails Brochure
- StairWELL Brochure
Need a break? Try adding a Wellness Break into your daily routine. Take a walk around campus following the MUSC mile. Ashley - Calhoun - Courtney - Bee. Start anywhere and make a loop back to the beginning. You'll clock 1.17 miles and the benefits are numerous.
Benefits of Increasing Physical Activity
- Reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure
- Helps maintain a healthy weight
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
- Reduces the risk of developing colon and breast cancer
- Provides better posture and balance
- Reduces risk of osteoporosis, obesity, and depression
- Helps you sleep better and feel more relaxed
- Improves self esteem
Examples of Moderate Activity: (30-45 minutes)
- Washing and waxing a car
- Washing windows or floors
- Basketball (shooting baskets)
- Bicycling 5 miles
- Dancing fast (social)
- Pushing a stroller for 1 ½ miles
- Raking leaves
- Swimming laps
- Stair walking
- Walking your dog
*Be sure to stretch before and after any physical activity and during the work day to keep muscles flexible and to prevent injury. Click here for a copy of the Stand Up and Stretch flyer for stretching tips at work and play!
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