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. Therefore, 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? Here are some examples:

  • 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
  • Participating in intramurals at the Student Recreation Center (SRC)
  • Finding a work out buddy
  • Enrolling in HSS fitness courses that range from strength training to TaeKwonDo
  • Taking group fitness classes offered by Health Promotion or at the Student Recreation Center (SRC)
  • Making an appointment with a U-Fit Coach