March 21, 2024

Physical Wellness on Campus

Physical wellness encompasses getting sufficient sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, remaining physically active and receiving regular medical check-ups. It also encompasses living an overall healthy lifestyle including safe sexual practices as well as avoiding harmful substances like drugs, alcohol or tobacco that could negatively impact wellness.

Regular moderate exercise helps lower stress levels by decreasing cell oxidative damage and helps protect against many diseases like cardiovascular disease, stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, psoriasis osteoporosis and certain cancers. Furthermore, moderate exercise boosts mental health, increases energy, slows aging and enhances quality of life - providing many other advantages.

Studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of physical activity, specifically exercising regularly, on memory, concentration, and thinking clearly in both younger and older adults. The benefits are achieved due to exercise's stimulating effect on your heart rate which results in more oxygen and nutrients reaching your brain through increased circulation.

Being physically active can mean anything from walking instead of driving to class, taking the bus or tram an extra stop further and walking from there, cycling around campus, or participating in muscle strengthening activities on campus. You could also try adding one or two muscle strengthening days into your weekly schedule; ultimately the goal should be being physically active most or all days of the week! At Columbia University we provide free term-by-term gym memberships available at Main Campus' Gymnasium; for more information visit our Student Wellness Page.


Welcome to the blog all about your mental, physical and last but not least, your spiritual health, and well-being.
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