Walk, Don’t Ride

On certain days of the week, you may find it is hard to make time to go to the gym. Between classes, extracurricular activities and homework, there are just not enough hours in the day to spend at UREC.

JMU is a big campus. Just imagine the distance between Forbes Performing Arts Center and Festival. A school such as JMU provides many opportunities for students to burn calories without ever stepping foot in the gym. On the flip side, a school such as JMU provides many opportunities for students to be lazy. Busses, powered by The Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation, run throughout the day from one side of campus to the next. With many stops along the way, busses are a convenient way for students to travel on campus, and many students (myself included) prefer this method of transportation.

But, there is another way to get across campus. I like to call it the ‘Shoe Leather Express’. Our own two feet can get us anywhere we would like to go if we just put in the extra effort. The Duke Quest Walking Map details walking time and distance between areas on campus.

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Photo Credit: James Madison University

Ultimately, the choice is yours. You can decide to jump on the bus, or walk to your destination. I encourage you to consider walking every now on then. This will prove especially helpful on days that you are unable to get to UREC.

JMU’s website details 25 Green Walking Tips. I picked out 10 of my favorites to share with you. Keep these in mind next time you want to step on the bus.

  1. Use a step counter to see how many steps you take in 15 minutes. If you do not have a step counter, 2,000 steps is about one mile. You can drive your car a mile and then walk that route to gauge your distance.
  2. Keep track of your total distance and time each day.
  3. The Surgeon General recommends walking 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day. Make that a goal to work up to in 3-4 weeks.
  4. If you walk or stroll at a steady pace, you will likely walk a mile in 20 minutes.
  5. Pick up the pace and trek to walk a 15-minute mile.
  6. Vary your routes. This benefits the brain as well as the body.
  7. Use your arms by bending your elbows at a right angle and swing them as you walk or use walking/hiking poles. You will burn more calories and strengthen your arms in the process.
  8. Take the hill. Going up hill helps with endurance.
  9. Going down hill can help with balance.
  10. Use the stairs for an added workout.

Clearly, walking is a benefit to your health. It also may be a benefit to your conscience next when you decide to walk so you don’t have to feel guilty missing gym time. Not to mention, we have a beautiful campus at JMU. It looks much better without a glass window blocking your vision. Let’s get to walking Dukes.

Peace, Love & DDP

Stephanie

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