It’s the existence of Kraft Dinner, keg stands, studying and class that make being a healthy and active university student very difficult at times.
There are many reasons that students should not ignore their health. The long-term complications that may result from improper care now can last a lifetime. Also, exercise increases energy levels, attitude and immune support, allowing a healthy student more time to study and have an active social life – all while feeling good.
Being an active and healthy student doesn’t have to be hard. First, ditch the bus and walk. The simple act of walking to school and around Waterloo can burn hundreds of calories, while allowing you to see what the city has to offer. Cycling is also great exercise and allows for greater distances to be covered in less time.
Second, take the stairs instead of the elevator. While it may seem easier to get to the fourth floor of the DAWB by using the elevator, give yourself time to climb the stairs and get a brief cardiovascular workout on your way to class.
Third, pack yourself a lunch. A reusable water bottle, turkey sandwich and a piece of fruit will not only save you money, it will also leave you feeling full longer and ready for the afternoon.
Looking for variety in your workout? Come to the Athletic Complex (AC) and take part in the over 60 hours of recreation programming available each week.
From intramural sports to yoga, pilates, cyclefit, aerobics and dance – there is something for everyone at the AC.
Just remember, a few small steps can go a long way in living a healthy and active lifestyle.
For more information regarding Laurier Recreation programming visit www.laurierathletics.com.