First of all, exercise is usually split into two categories: cardio and strength training. The benefits of regular exercise are numerous: It increases your metabolism, strengthens your heart and lungs, with weight loss, increases bone density and much more. Aside from the physical benefits, endless emotional and mental gains can come from exercise. Staying active helps fight anxiety and depression, improves sleep and even aids your memory and thinking — ideal for those long study nights!
Depending on a few factors, like your current activity level and current state of health, some exercise frequencies might differ. According to the CDC, a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise is recommended.
Ready to get started? Be sure to check out these campus resources:
- Recreation/fitness center – Be on the lookout for a class exercise schedule or a personal trainer that can help you kick off your new fitness routine. More often than not, these options are free for students.
- Does your campus have a track or walking path? Take advantage of the campus layout and work your way through the buildings during a fast-paced walk or light jog.
- Join an intramural team – These groups are a great way to get social and brush up on your athletic skills — whether you have skills or not!
- Stay up to date with you campus activity calendar. Many schools will schedule activities like hikes and bike rides so students can meet new friends and get active at the same time.
- If you’re in your dorm room studying, be sure to take active breaks. Every 30 minutes to one hour, stand up and stretch or practice some strength training exercises. Even a little movement counts.