Stay Active this Summer!
With summer soon approaching, many of us think about getting into shape. Being physically active not only helps people look good, it can also make them feel good and improve their health! There are many benefits to being physically active including:
- Helps control weight. Strong scientific evidence shows that physical activity can help maintain weight over time.
- Improves overall mental health. Aerobic exercises, such as jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening and dancing, have been proved to reduce anxiety and depression.
- Lowers the risk for early death. A recent study found that even light or moderately intense physical activity, such as walking or cycling, can substantially reduce the risk of early death. The study combined the results from the largest studies around the world on the health impact of light and moderately intense physical activity. Although more activity is better, even the small amount of activity in the least active group of people provided substantial benefits.
- Reduces risk for chronic diseases. Staying active helps improve blood flow to prevent heart disease, increase insulin production and absorption to prevent type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
- Increased energy. Following a cardio workout, energy levels rise thanks to the increased endorphins and serotonin levels. Interestingly, it doesn’t matter how intense your workout is. It seems that your mood can benefit from exercise no matter the intensity of the physical activity.
Fitness tips for students:
- Tip: It is not necessary to do the exercise all at once. Try splitting it up throughout the day, shooting for at least 10 min at a time!
- Tip: Make a plan. Pick an activity that works for your schedule so it’s easy to make it to the gym.
- Tip: Join a student club. Students already enrolled in college know that there’s rarely a sport without an established club. A university is a place where people from all different backgrounds unite and learn – there is a club for everyone! Visit Student Organizations for more information.
- Tip: Try something different! The Student Recreation Center offers many different fitness classes to make exercising fun and enjoyable. Visit Recreation Services to see the current calendar.