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A lot of habits change when you come to college. You have new sleep patterns, new food choices, and new levels of activity and all of these play a role in your physical health.

Staying active and getting regular exercise not only help you feel better physically, it helps you stay mentally and emotionally healthy too. Think about different ways you can incorporate physical activity into your new schedule.

Quick Exercise Tips

SRCCheck out the Student Recreation Center

Along with traditional methods of exercise like cardio and weight training, University Recreation also provides fitness classes, outdoor adventures, climbing, and many other ways to stay fit and have fun.

StretchStretch it out

Avoid injuries by stretching each time you exercise. Simple stretches before and after you work out or engage in physical activity can help keep you active and pain free. It’s also important to stretch when you study. Make sure to take breaks to move your body.

bikeRide your bike

Instead of taking the bus or driving to class, try biking instead. It will give you a few minutes of exercise between your classes. If you don’t have a bike, check out the Green Bike program for access to free bikes all over campus.

SportPlay a sport

One way to get some exercise is to make it a game. Play a sport. Join an intramural team or just get some friends together to play pickup games.


WalkWalk to class

While taking public transportation might be quicker, walking will give you a chance to stretch your legs, burn some calories, and relax before your next class. The Palouse hills are a good workout any day.

BuddyFind a buddy

With someone else relying on your showing up, you’ll be much more likely to make the effort to work out. Plus, working out with a friend can be a great way to make fitness more fun.

Why Exercise?


  • Improve your mood and reduce depression, stress and anxiety
  • Get more energy and stay focused
  • Combat a wide range of health conditions and diseases
  • Promote better sleep and relaxation
  • Strengthen and boost your immune system
  • Sharpen your memory
  • Gain more control over addictions to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • Slow the aging process and make your older years more enjoyable

Additional Resources



A large community of people eager to help one another with their diet, fitness and overall health goals.


A web app and iPhone app that offers meal tracking, exercise tracking, calorie counting, nutrition tracking, and workout plans that can all be customized to fit your needs.


New service that turns fitness tracking and management into a social game, complete with motivation from others, achievements to unlock, and points to earn to help you “level” as you get in shape.

Helps users learn new exercises and perform exercises correctly.