It can be hard to find time for physical activity during your time in university, but making physical activity a priority is helpful in almost every aspect of your life. Health Canada recommends adults get at least 2.5 hours of physical activity a week in order to see the health benefits.

Getting active has plenty of benefits for your health, like giving you energy and decreasing stress, which are integral for students. Physical activity also improves focus, overall mental health, self-confidence and memory retention, as well as reducing the risk of various chronic illnesses over time.

Positive Habits for Getting Active

Getting active is a key to feeling good and succeeding during university. Only 18% of adults meet Canada’s Physical Activity Participation guidelines, but getting active as a student doesn’t need to break the bank or take away from your studies. Here are some tips to make physical activity a part of your day to day life:

  • Head over to Athletics– all students have access to Carleton Athletics facilities as a part of their tuition, and Athletics has everything from open swim times and open recreation to an eleven thousand square foot fitness centre to get you moving.
  • Schedule time in your calendar to be active the same way you would a class or lunch with a friend – and hold yourself accountable to showing up.
  • Figure out what kind of fitness you like – just because everyone else is doing doesn’t mean you have to be, and you’ll exercise more if it’s something you like.
  • Join an adult recreation or intramural league to meet new people and get active at the same time.
  • Depending on the season, take a skate or go for a walk on the Rideau Canal in between classes.

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