The Walktober Step Challenge for student and staff at NUI Galway remains open for registrations.
The challenge aims to get members of the university community walking more with a goal of reaching 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge.
NUI Galway Students’ Union President Róisín Nic Lochlainn highlighted the benefits of adding a walk to your daily routine.
“It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this. Getting in a short walk each day can transform your health, body and mind plus it’s free! We are privileged to have some beautiful walks on campus which can easily be enjoyed on a break from study or work.”
“Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory,” said Students’ Union Vice President/Welfare and Equality Officer Cora Clarke.
“Joining a team will help our NUIG community to feel more connected. It’s also a great chance to turn exercise into a daily habit and there’s the added bonus that you can win prizes just by taking part!” she added.
Upon launching the Walktober Step Challenge, the Students’ Union highlighted the numerous health benefits of walking every day. These include strengthening of bones and muscles as well as mental health benefits such as stress relief, better mood and boosted self-esteem.
The month-long event started on October 4 and runs up until October 31. Those wishing to participate can still do so via www.activetravellogger.ie. Participants will also be in with a chance of winning prizes courtesy of the National Transport Authority.