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Physical Activity

Physical activity has the biggest return on your health investment. It helps sustain concentration, boost creative thinking and release tension from stress.

In a busy day, it may be difficult to plan time for a work out, but even a brief 30-minute exercise, is beneficial to feel more energized and promote an overall healthier life.

Major research findings show the benefits of physical activity to be

  • The #1 treatment for fatigue
  • Decreases anxiety, depression and stress
  • Increases positive emotions
  • Promotes restful and quality sleep
  • Improves quality of life including sleep

So, if physical activity is the solution to good health, the questions are

  • How much?
  • How often?
  • How intense?

Research indicates that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on 5-7 days of the week promotes health and well-being. If you are having trouble getting started, and would like support, we invite you to meet with a health coach to customize a plan based on your personal style and habits. Come in and talk with us and we’ll help you get started.

As Hippocrates said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” The most important thing is just get moving! Do something you enjoy. Check out the video below for more information about the single best thing you can do for your health (walking).

Resources on or Near Campus

  • MizzouRec: Check out Rec Sports, TigerX classes, Club Sports and the MizzouRec hiking trails
  • City of Columbia Parks & Rec: Check out trails, city sports and the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC)
  • TrailLink: View access points for trails and parking information for trails in Missouri and across the U.S.
  • More resources to get active