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Active Body. Active Mind.

Being active is one of the best things a lion can do for their body as well as for their mind. This is why we are launching our “Active Body. Active Mind. ” initiative. We encourage you to participate daily in physical activity and support your journey to achieve your health and wellbeing goals.

How much physical activity do you need a week?

Research shows that adults (18-65) should participate in 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes/week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, as well as, 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity a week.

  • Moderate-intensity activities include walking, swimming, cycling, and yoga.
  • Vigorous-intensity activities include running and high-intensity interval training (HITT)
  • Muscle-strengthening activities include exercises with some resistance or weight such as weightlifting, resistance bands exercises, and bodyweight training.
  • The level of intensity varies from person to person and depends on the level of effort required to perform the activity. The simplest way to determine what intensity level you’re exercising at is to pay attention to your heart rate.

What does physical activity look like?

When participating in Campus Recreation programs, you are likely to be physically active. Examples:
  • Intramural Sports: Approximately 30-45 minutes of physical activity per games.
  • Outdoor Adventure’s Weekly Mountain Bike Ride: Approximately 90 minutes of physical activity.
  • Group Fitness Class: Approximately 45 minutes of vigorous activity.
  • Weightlifting: Counts towards a muscle-strengthening activity.

What are the benefits of physical activity?

There are many benefits of being active. As a student, some of the most notable benefits are:
  • Reduced feeling of stress and depression
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved cognitive function
Other benefits:
  • Reduced risk of dementia, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen bones and muscles
  • Weight management
  • Improved daily activities
  • Increased chances of living longer
Research shows that students who participated in Campus Recreation programs attributed their participation to:
  • Feeling of wellbeing (91%)
  • Overall health (91%)
  • Fitness level (90%)
  • Physical strength (89%)
  • Stress management (86%)
  • Athletic ability (85%)
  • Weight control (84%)
  • Self-confidence (83%)
  • Balance/coordination (80%)
  • Concentration (75%)
Students also reported an increase in soft skills such as:
  • Time management
  • Respect for others
  • Academic performance
  • Sense of belonging/association
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to develop friendships

We offer hundreds of opportunities to be active. Check out our schedule to find what would work for you, or sign up for a time slot to come workout, climb, swim, or play



Learn more:

CDC’s recommendation on physical activity:

NIRSA Benefits of Campus Rec: