Physical activity is essential to your health and well-being, and it supports you in achieving your personal and academic goals.
Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
- Reducing stress
- Increasing your productivity
- Improving quality of sleep
- Improving self-esteem and body image
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also list the following benefits of physical activity:
- Strengthening your bones and muscles
- Improving your mental health and mood
- Reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reducing your risk for some cancers
Stay Informed, Stay Connected
Are you looking to stay informed about campus and community opportunities to learn about and engage in physical activities that support healthy living? Look no further than CU Move!
Information about CU Move is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a physician or another qualified health provider before beginning any physical activity program.
Details about CU Move
CU Move encourages members of the Columbia community to engage in active lives that include regular physical activity. CU Move continues to expand opportunities for you to be active and involved in and around the Columbia community. CU Move provides participants with motivation, incentives, and resources to stay active throughout the year.
CU Move offers you opportunities to learn about and engage in physical activities that support healthy living. CU Move is informed by the Healthy People 2020 and Healthy Campus 2020 objectives and is open to all Columbia students, faculty, staff, and alumni. CU Move is free, and you can participate at any time.
CU Move uses a community-focused approach to maintaining and increasing physical activity that supports physical and mental health. CU Move continues to introduce tools and programs that reflect the desire of Columbians to seek and maintain healthful living.
Incentives to Participate
All CU Move participants are encouraged to set their own personal goals for physical activity. One of the objectives of CU Move is to support participants in achieving healthful goals. Participants who maintain a connection to CU Move receive limited-edition CU Move fitness gear and other program incentives throughout the year.
Physical Activity Tips and Tools
Being physically active means choosing programs and activities that work for you. The following links provide useful resources to consider as you get started.
- Seven Benefits of Regular Physical Activity (Mayo Clinic)
- Physical Activity Guidelines (CDC)
- Gymtimidation — Intimidated by Working Out at Health Clubs (Go Ask Alice!)
- Reaching Your Goals the SMART Way (American Council on Exercise)
- Three Things Every Exercise Program Should Have (American Council on Exercise)
- How to Choose the Right Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise)
- Selecting and Effectively Using a Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine)
Finding the motivation to stick with your physical activity plan can be a challenge at times. While motivation is unique to each individual, the many rewards are universal and include benefits to academic performance, energy level, mood, and immune function. The following links provide some helpful resources for maintaining your motivation:
- Battling Boredom (American Council on Exercise)
- Eating Well to Stay Motivated and Energized (American Heart Association)
- Exercise Motivation...for Stress Reduction (Go Ask Alice!)
- Is Soreness a Good Indicator of a Good Workout? (Go Ask Alice!)
Find free or low-cost events to keep you moving around the neighborhood and across the city, including community walks and runs, ice skating, and kayaking on the Hudson. "Like" us on Facebook to access our Events Calendar. If you know of any upcoming community events (i.e., yoga, walks, runs, or any low/no-cost events that promote physical activity), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Disclaimer: Information on this CU Move website is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider before beginning any physical activity program. If you have a condition that could be affected by physical activity, you are encouraged to consult your healthcare provider prior to starting any routine. CU Move allows participants to set physical activity goals that support healthy living.
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