Studies show that interpersonal relationships may influence physical activity by providing social support and establishing social norms that enable health-promoting behaviors. Research also shows that increased physical activity is associated with better mental health outcomes, such as mood, self-esteem, and anxiety. College can be a period of increased risk for poor mental health and depression, so continuing to maintain physical activity is very important.
Read more about the study "Social Environment and Physical Acivity: A Review of Concepts and Evidence" that was published in the Journal of Social Science and Medicine.
Easy ways to add more physical activity into your day:
- Take the stairs (there are lots of stairs in many UChicago buildings!)
- Walk or bike to class/home
- Get off the bus a few blocks earlier than your stop
- During television commercials or during your next Netflix binge, do some crunches, lunges, squats and pushups
- Clean your room (make your bed, wipe the counters, dust pictures and other surfaces)
- Take yourself for a nice walk outside
- During the day, make sure to stretch and move around
- Stand or walk when your making your phone calls
Structured physical activity options:
- FitChicago Weekly Schedule
- UChicago Athletics
- UChicago Fitness Classes
- UChicago Intramurals
- UChicago Personal Training
- UChicago Road Runners Club
- UChicago RSOs (search for fitness-related RSOs at blueprint.uchicago.edu)
- UChicago Sports Clubs
- UChicago Yoga Club
BONUS TIP: Get outside and walk around even during the cold winter months. You'll get get some extra steps and a dose of Vitamin D!