With classes starting, we may start to focus all our energy on academics and forget about staying active. Physical activity can actually help to improve your academic life! Consistently exercising and staying in shape can help reduce your stress levels and boost your moods, keeping you calm and focused to complete your work. So what can you do around campus to stay active? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Get Yourself Moving: You may be thinking that the gym is just a place to lift weights or run on a treadmill, and while there are those activities, there’s so much more! I love to try all the different classes there, such as cycling and Pi-Yo, to name a few, all which can be found by clicking on the link below. The rock wall, racquetball court and indoor track are also available.

“INTRA-sted” In INTRA-murals? If you love to play sports but don’t have the time or just aren’t interested in being on an official WCUPA team, intramurals are for you. Whether you want to form a team with friends or be a free agent, there are different sports you can choose from. Not into basketball or football? Try your hand in tennis! Just click on this link and get registered!

Nothing but Nature: Being from a town that’s more country than urban, I sometimes feel I need a break from the hustle and bustle of campus life. So if you’re like me, you’ll definitely want to try out the hiking paths in the Gordon Natural Area. Here you’ll not only be helping yourself to stay active but you’ll also be surrounded by nature! Drive down, or tell the bus driver to take you to R lot and go to the main entrance found at the end of stadium road!

Walk it out! If you don’t like going to the gym and sports or hiking just aren’t your thing, try a walk or jog around campus! Look at a map of campus or the surrounding town and plan out what route you want to take. All you need is a pair of sneakers, some comfortable clothes and you’re set to start your workout!

Keeping yourself active is a main part of staying healthy and doing well in school. So choose from the many activities available around campus and get started!

Written by Carly Odynsky, Peer Educator