Fitness & Movement

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Our bodies are designed to move and our well-being is enhanced by regular physical activity. But physical activity often gets short-changed when students begin college. The basic benefits of fitness and movement are:

  • Restore balance disrupted by stressful events
  • Fitness of heart and lungs – effective breathing
  • Integrity of bones, muscles and joints
  • Endurance, flexibility and posture
  • Weight management and appetite regulation
  • Reduce risk and/or manage diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, certain cancers
  • Sleep efficiency
  • Mood, anxiety and depression management
  • Improve self-esteem and feelings of well-being

Fitness, movement and nutrition work together: physical activity increases your metabolic rate (the rate you burn energy/calories) and regulates appetite so coupled with a nutrient-dense food plan, you have a powerful base for focused and productive work in college.

What are some of the ways that you can fit physical activity into your life? Think about daily decisions like parking at a distance to increase the length of your walk to and from your classes or residence hall, taking stairs instead of the elevators, riding your bicycle, connecting with intramurals, get a work out buddy, enroll in HSS fitness courses that range from strength training to TaeKwonDo. You can practice yoga in classes held in the Health Promotion Activity Room and also in the Student Recreation Center (SRC.) A good place to start is with an appointments with a FitCoach for your FitTest Assessment & Wellness Coaching. You’ll get a personal fitness program, FitAccountability and connect with FitSocials. Click on Services to make an appointment.