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Physical Activity

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

  • Improvement in heart and lung function
  • Reduced risk of hypertension
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Increased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Decreased serum triglycerides (fat)
  • Reduced overall body fat and reduced intra-abdominal fat
  • Reduced insulin needs, improved glucose tolerance
  • Reduced risk of colon cancer
  • Reduced risk of type II diabetes
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • Enhanced feelings of wellbeing
  • Enhanced performance of work, recreational, and sports activities


Guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association*

30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity 5 days a week


20 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity 3 days a week


8-10 strength-training exercises (8-12 repetitions each) 2 days a week

*Recommendations are for healthy adults ages 18-65 and persons in this age range with chronic conditions not related to physical activity (e.g. hearing impairment). Pregnant or post partum women may need to take additional precautions and should consult their health care provider.

Check out the University Recreation On-Line Exercise System.

The system was developed to help users learn new exercises and perform the exercise correctly. You will also find as a new addition to this site, each piece of cardiovascular equipment that is located in the Student Recreation Center along with a description and video demonstration of its use.