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Rocket Wellness takes walking paths indoors

The beginning of the year motivates some to increase physical activity. Recent temperatures, however, can act as a deterrent to some driven individuals.

Beginning in January, UT Rocket Wellness will be rolling out various walking paths inside University buildings.

“As one of the largest employers in the region, The University of Toledo is proud to offer its faculty, staff and students these new indoor walking paths as an additional way to stay healthy, which can be especially challenging during the winter,” said President Sharon L. Gaber. “I encourage our campus community to take advantage of these marked paths as part of a routine fitness regimen.”

Walking has been recognized to provide many benefits such as increased energy, improved mood, lowered risk of heart disease, and enhanced physical health.

“Mapped and marked outdoor walking paths are present on Main Campus, Health Science Campus and Scott Park Campus,” Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator, said. “This year, we will be adding paths in several buildings on all campuses so that members of our UT community can walk at their leisure regardless of weather.”

Szymanski added it’s always recommended to see a physician before starting an exercise program.

Rocket Wellness offers recommendations for walking:

• Walk at least 30 minutes on most days; “most days” is defined as five days per week.

• Break the recommended 30 minutes into various segments throughout the day.

• Invite co-workers to a walking meeting. Recent research finds that the act of walking leads to increased creative thinking.

• Walk at a moderate intensity — walk as if you are going somewhere. This is neither a casual pace nor a jog.

• Always speak to your physician or health-care provider before beginning a new exercise program.

Maps to all indoor and outdoor paths can be viewed at utoledo.edu/offices/rocketwellness/healthyu.