In the Zone

Exercise

  • Building a healthy relationship with exercise for personal wellness is important for every individual, especially college students. Starting an active and healthy lifestyle in college can enable students to develop healthy habits for a lifetime. Although everyone deals with stress differently, exercise provides a great outlet. When exercising, your brain releases powerful natural chemicals that boost your mood, relax your body, and leave you feeling happier and more focused. 
  • Take into consideration all the benefits exercise can bring you. Here are some tips to get you in the fitness groove.

Stretch first

  • Help yourself avoid injuries by stretching each time you exercise. Simple stretches before and after you work out or engage in physical activity can help keep you active and pain free.

Play something

  • One way to get yourself motivated to exercise is to make it a game by playing a sport. Join an intramural team or play recreational sports through your school to get active and have fun at the same time.

Protect yourself

  • No matter what sport you're playing, make sure to always use the proper safety equipment. It will keep you from getting hurt which will allow you to stay active more often.

Hit the gym

  • Take advantage of the University fitness center. Head to the gym between classes or when you get up in the morning, or at the end of the day to squeeze in a workout.  WSU Fitness Center
  • Get involved-- Along with gym facilities most students will have access to fitness classes they can take. Since you're already paying for these through your tuition you may as well take advantage and get a workout that will help keep you in shape and motivate you.
  • Avoid driving if you can-- While taking a car or public transportation might be quicker, walking or biking will give you a chance to stretch your legs, burn some calories before your next class.
  • Change it up--When you work out, don't just stick to one kind of workout. Incorporate strength training, cardio and stretching exercises into your routine to make it well rounded.
  • Enjoy yourself--You're probably not going to work out if you are bored with your routine or find going to the gym torture. Find a way to make it fun for yourself and you'll be much more likely to keep it up.
  • Have a workout partner-- With someone else relying on you showing up, you'll be much more likely to make the effort to work out. Plus, working out with a friend can be a great way to make working out more fun.
  • Learn more about how exercise affects our brain here
Exercise and The Brain
  •  How to find time to exercise
How to Exercise More as a Student - College Info Geek