Twenty-four teams of staff and student members have registered so far to take part in the challenge Walktober Step Challenge launched today by NUI Galway Students’ Union.
The event aims to encourage staff and students to walk more so that they build up to 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge.
Participants have the chance of winning great prizes 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.
Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said that it’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this, even if we are apart.
“Getting in a short, socially distanced, walk each day can transform your health, body and mind plus it’s free!” he said.
“We are privileged to have some beautiful walks on campus which can easily be enjoyed on a break from studying or working from home.
Students’ Union Education Officer Emma Sweeney added: “Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory.
Joining a team will help our NUIG community to feel less socially isolated. 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!”