University offers new path to healthy living

Heart disease may not be one of the hot topics among college students, but each step a person takes could be one step further from it, not to mention diabetes, blood sugar levels or a healthy body weight.

“We live in such a sedentary lifestyle because we’re hooked to computers and phones,” said Shelli Stinson, a coordinator for Campus Recreation. “Our bodies don’t function as well that way.”

Stinson said walking is one of the easiest ways college students can get their daily exercise.

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association updated physical activity guidelines for healthy adults.

Moderately intense cardio for 30 minutes each day, five days a week or vigorously intense cardio for 30 minutes each day, three days a week paired with eight to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each twice a week, according to the recommendations.

“A lot of people look at that and think it’s a lot,” she said. “Think about your walk to class as an exercise.”

The ACSM and AHA also published tips for meeting the recommended exercise for health living.