Schools Training

Staying Active on Campus

12 MAR 2014

As young adults with few health concerns to worry about, it’s easy to take good health for granted and succumb to unhealthy habits. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye on your health, not only for your wellbeing now, but for the future as well.

Exercise is essential for maintaining good health. Obviously, physical activity is good for the body. It gets blood flowing, strengthens our muscles, pumps oxygen to the brain and revs up our metabolism. It can be a very effective way to manage anxiety, stress and depression. It can help take your mind off of things, giving you time to reorganize your thoughts, or improve your mood to make you feel better by releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins.

Regular exercise also regulates our social and emotional health. Staying active can be a great way to meet new people and build friendships. Your school is likely to offer various fitness classes, such as Pilates, kickboxing or Zumba, or you could also join a club or an intramural sports team. You can find those classes and groups listed in your school directory.

Jogging

Running is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of exercise. Unfortunately, it’s an exercise form that can be hard to love. Pounding the pavement can be hard on the body and make you want to retreat to the safety of your couch in no time.

On the other hand, with jogging, you see and feel results relatively fast. Also, jogging is inexpensive, as all you need is a pair of sneakers. If you ever feel stressed or need to clear your head, try going out for a run. The rhythm and feel of jogging can do wonders for your wellbeing, taking your mind to a cool place.

Yoga

Yoga is much more than a physical workout. It’s a mental workout, too! Most yoga classes don’t require registering in a regular class, so you can experiment with different types and see what works best for your needs. Some classes involve low-intensity stretching and movement, while other specialize in cardio workouts or strength building.

A lot of yoga studios even provide mats, blocks and more, so buying special workout equipment isn’t required. Since yoga classes adjust to your schedule, as opposed to the other way around, they can be a nice way to mix up your regular routine and offer yourself a mental vacation.

Biking

College towns are usually very bike-friendly. They possess proper bike paths, and it’s generally easy to purchase one second-hand from a bike shop or local ad in the school news. They can even sometimes be rented at local parks.

Bikes aren’t just a means of transportation; they’re also a fun, flexible way of getting some cardiovascular exercise. According to Canadian education news, a good way to slip some exercise into your daily routine is to ride your bike to places you need to go, instead of driving or taking public transport. The extra miles will quickly add up, allowing you to reap the benefits of physical exercise.


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