Startin’ School and Stayin’ Fit

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of CapemayL

The summer is over and school has finally started up again. For some this may be their last year and for others it may be their first. While we are all excited to be here on campus, we all recognize that we have quite busy schedules. We have to manage going to class, hanging out with the friends we haven’t seen all summer, doing school work and somehow still manage to get some sleep. For many, their days are so busy that they don’t even want to think about physical activity. Well my friends, I am here to tell you that physical activity is a must, and doesn’t even require that much time!

Circulation, the journal published by the American Heart Association states that if individuals were to do moderate exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, or participate in vigorous exercise for 20 minutes, 3 days a week, they will  gain health benefits (i.e. reduce risk of chronic illnesses & lose weight).

“What is moderate or vigorous exercise” you ask? Well moderate exercise is as simple as taking a walk through college woods with a friend, leisurely cycling around campus or shooting hoops with a buddy. Vigorous exercise on the other hand would be playing a game of pick-up soccer, jogging with a friend, or competing in 2 vs. 2 tennis.

I for one love to exercise, because I switch it up and don’t do the same activity every day, and I exercise with friends. If you make exercising social and you make it exciting, eventually you will make it a habit.