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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge
NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched the Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge for NUI Galway students and staff. 36 teams of staff and student members have so far registered to take part in the challenge which runs for the month of March. The aim of the event is to encourage staff and students to walk more so that they reach 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge. Participants have the chance of winning prizes such as action cameras, shopping vouchers and challenge goodie packs from the National Transport Authority just by walking!
The health benefits of walking are huge as it helps tone muscles, strengthen bones, increases metabolism and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Regular walking can also have a big impact on your mental health as it reduces stress, improves mood and increases self-esteem.
The Students’ Union is also making sure that participants stay safe by staying seen while walking as they have distributed hundreds of free high visibility items from the Road Safety Authority. Participants can still register online for the challenge at https://www.activetravellogger.ie/
Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this. Sneaking 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.”
Students’ Union Vice President/Education Officer Cathal Sherlock said: “In the lead up to exams it’s important that students ensure they make time for regular exercise in their schedules. Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory. The Challenge is 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!”
PHOTO: (Left to Right) NUI Galway Students’ Union Staff Members: Chris Newell, Maeve Lawless, Órla O’Donoghue, Noelle McNamara, Amber Walsh-Olesen and Gareth Williams.