Ways to Get and Stay Active on Campus

Introduction

Physical activity is essential for supporting a healthy mind and body. It might seem tough to fit in regular exercise with a busy college schedule, but there are lots of simple things you can do to get and stay active while you’re in school. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Walk

Walking is an easy, low-impact way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. It’s also a perfect way to get started if you are new to exercising. You can walk around campus in between classes or to take a break from studying. You can also opt for the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderately-paced walking per day to get the most benefits (but it does not have to happen all at one time).

Use your school’s fitness center

Most college campuses have a fitness center or gym, which is available to students at no additional cost. If you don’t have experience with the equipment in the gym, or you’re not sure what you should be doing, don’t be afraid to ask the staff for help. Campus fitness centers are typically staffed by other students, and they are there to help you if you need them. You’re probably paying a small fortune in tuition and fees, so be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource! If you don’t live on campus or don’t have access to the school’s fitness center, keep in mind that many gyms offer student discounts.

Sign up for fitness classes

Look into your school’s options for fitness classes like yoga, kickboxing, dance, or weight training. Like the gym, these types of classes are often available to students at little to no cost. Some schools even offer physical education classes you can take for credit. That way, you can be sure to fit a workout into your schedule, and even earn credits at the same time!

Use the buddy system

Enlist a roommate, friend, or classmate as a workout buddy. You can jog, go on walks or hikes, attend fitness classes together, and encourage each other to stay more active. This is especially helpful if you have trouble motivating yourself to exercise, because you’ll be less likely to skip a workout if you have someone else keeping you moving.

Join an intramural sports team or club

Many schools have a wide variety of intramural sports teams or clubs that you can join, regardless of your experience or skill level. From traditional team sports like soccer and softball to less traditional activities like dodge ball and ultimate Frisbee, you are sure to find something on your campus that you’ll enjoy. You could join a tennis team with your workout buddy, or meet some new people playing flag football. Check out your school’s options for intramurals, clubs, and activities and try something that interests you.

Get Help Now

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text HOME to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. 

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988.

If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.

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