Exercise

 

There is a lot of information available on how to eat healthy, but it isn’t always easy to do as a college student. Eating at Prospect Dining Hall isn’t like eating at home and there are a ton of choices. If you live off campus, cooking can be difficult and expensive – as well as time consuming.

Being fit can be fun!

Getting 30 minutes of exercise in 5 out of 7 days isn’t difficult here on campus.

There are several programs offered such as:

  • Group Exercise classes through the Rec Programs department
  • Venture Center’s SOAR program.
  • Rec Program’s Active Lifestyle Program

Are you lacking the time to get to the gym?

Try doing something in your room for exercise. Here are some 10 minute exercises (3 times a day):

  • Jumping Jacks: do jumping jacks in place for 10 minutes.
  • Jogging in Place: lift your knees and pump your arms to get your heart rate up.
  • Plyometric Lunges: Begin in a basic lunge position. In an explosive movement, jump, switch legs in the air and land with bent knees into lunge.
  • Ski Hops: with feet together, jump from side to side, landing with knees bent. The wider you jump and the lower you squat into the jump, the harder you’ll work.
  • Jump Rope: either with a rope or pretend.
  • Step Jumps: stand in front of step or platform and jump onto it, landing with both feet (harder) or a staggered landing. Step down and repeat.
  • Skipping: You might feel silly doing this, but it’s much harder than you remember!
  • Squat Hops: Stand with feet wide. Lower into a squat and hop forward 4 times, keeping feet wide, legs bent into squat. Walk back and repeat.
  • Dancing (around the house and singing into a fake microphone): Get your friends to join you for this!

Being fit can be fun!

Getting 30 minutes of exercise in 5 out of 7 days isn’t difficult here on campus.

There are several programs offered such as:

Are you lacking the time to get to the gym?

Try doing something in your room for exercise. Here are some 10 minute exercises (3 times a day):

  1. Jumping Jacks: do jumping jacks in place for 10 minutes.
  2. Jogging in Place: lift your knees and pump your arms to get your heart rate up.
  3. Plyometric Lunges: Begin in a basic lunge position. In an explosive movement, jump, switch legs in the air and land with bent knees into lunge.
  4. Ski Hops: with feet together, jump from side to side, landing with knees bent. The wider you jump and the lower you squat into the jump, the harder you’ll work.
  5. Jump Rope: either with a rope or pretend.
  6. Step Jumps: stand in front of step or platform and jump onto it, landing with both feet (harder) or a staggered landing. Step down and repeat.
  7. Skipping: You might feel silly doing this, but it’s much harder than you remember!
  8. Squat Hops: Stand with feet wide. Lower into a squat and hop forward 4 times, keeping feet wide, legs bent into squat. Walk back and repeat.
  9. Dancing (around the house and singing into a fake microphone): Get your friends to join you for this!

Resources

American Heart Association

American University of Sports Medicine

Shape Up America!

ExRx

Center for Disease Control

Fruits & Veggies Matter

American Dietetic Association

Food and Nutrition Information Center

Mayo Clinic Food & Nutrition Center

NIH: Aim for a Healthy Weight

Nutrition Analysis Tool

 


 

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