Exercise is activity that develops or maintains physical fitness and overall health. It is often practiced to strengthen muscles and the cardiovascular system and improve flexibility. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, helps prevent diseases, and improves mental health.
Activities can be anything that get you moving:
- running on a treadmill
- taking a brisk hike through a trail
- playing a game of catch with your children
- riding your bike on the path
- taking your dogs for a walk
ExRx (Exercise Prescription on the Net)
For helpful and accurate information related to all aspects of exercise and fitness, go to www.exrx.net. If you are just beginning an exercise program, there are links just for you. If you are a veteran fitness enthusiast, you'll find information about all kinds of topics. Check it out!
If you are interested in fitness classes here at CU, check out the classes offered by Campus Recreation. Women, the Tuesday, Thursday Functional Body Sculpting class is just for faculty and staff women. Joining an exercise class adds fun and variety to your exercise routine!
ACSM Fit Society
ACSM Fit Society Page® newsletter is a quarterly electronic newsletter written for the general public on a variety of popular health and fitness topics. Expert commentary and features on exercise, nutrition, sports, and health offer tips and techniques for maintaining a physically fit lifestyle.
Remember the President's physical fitness awards and how you would do sit ups, chin ups, and run to qualify? As an adult you can also compete for a President's award. The President's Challenge encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President's Challenge can help motivate you to improve.
If you think of getting active as one more thing on your long to-do list, you'll never get moving. You don't need to go to the gym five times a week to be healthy. For instance, did you know that a forty-five minute walk at a brisk pace (3 to 4 miles an hour) can burn up to 300 calories? Or that by making small changes in your daily routine -- like parking further away, taking the stairs, and playing active games with your kids -- you can start living an active, healthy life?