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Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. You know that, but you are already trying to fit in classes, work, homework, a social life and sleep if there is any leftover time (unlikely). The point is to start small and do what you can. Here are some student-friendly tips to increase your physical activity.

 

Physical Activity

 

At least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week

(walking quickly, bicycling less than 10 mph, dancing, golf, etc.)

 

1 hour and 15 minutes of rigorous aerobic physical activity per week

(running/jogging 5 mph, bicycling more than 10 mph, swimming, competitive basketball, etc.

 

It's best to spread it out over at least 3 days, for at least 10 minutes each time.  It's also important to include 2 days of strengthening activity, such as weightlifting.

 

Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.  You know that, but you are already trying to fit in classes, work, homework, a social life and sleep if there is any leftover time (unlikely).  The point is to start small and do what you can. 

 

More Ways to Increase Physical Activity

  • Do stretches, exercises, or pedal a stationary bike while watching your favorite show or studying.
  • Go on a walk, hike, or bike ride with friends instead of eating or watching a movie together.
  • Take 5 minute breaks from studying to run in place or do jumping jacks or push-ups.
  • Take a class in jogging, swimming, sports, weightlifting, or dance.
  • Play basketball, softball, ultimate Frisbee or soccer with friends.
  • Clean the apartment—your roommates will love it!
  • Grab some friends and do a workout video.
  • Walk, skate, or cycle more, and drive less.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Hand cycle or play wheelchair sports.
  • Play racquetball, tennis, or squash.
  • Ski cross-country or downhill.
  • Try a new sport with friends.
  • Try out the gym on campus.
  • Swim or do water aerobics.
  • Join an intramural team.
  • Canoe, row, or kayak.
  • Take a nature walk, such as a BYU path.
  • Hike the Y!
  • Most important—have fun while being active!

Relieving Stress

 

For many people, poor eating habits will form when they are stressed. Some of those habits include: turning to high-fat comfort foods, snacking when bored, grabbing candy to stay awake, and stopping by a fast-food place when in a hurry. There are better, more fun, and much healthier ways to relieve stress and boredom.

 

If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, try these tips rather than reaching for a bag of chips.

 

  • Sleep 7-9 hours a night (often staying up consistently for homework harms you in the long run)
  • Go on a walk with a friend
  • Try doing some relaxation breathing techniques
  • Try yoga or other workout programs
  • Take a short, 20-minute power nap
  • Listen to music your favorite music
  • Write in a journal or diary
  • Have a long talk with someone close to you
  • Go for a swim, a jog, or a bike ride
  • Retreat to nature and take a hike
  • Get a group of friends together for a game of Frisbee, soccer, basketball, or volleyball
  • Take a hot shower or bath
  • Read a book for leisure

 

Whatever your activity is, it will help you get that much-needed peace of mind that will help you stay healthy and relaxed.

 

If you find that those tips won’t cut it, it may help to talk to a professional. Students at BYU have access to FREE counseling services right on campus! For more info go to https://caps.byu.edu/


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Picture: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zen_Garden.jpg. Raul. March 21 2004.

 

 


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