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Everyone has heard about the benefits of exercising. Indeed, a healthy body requires regular exercise. Physical activity that includes a combination of cardiovascular workouts indoors and/or outdoors (such as bicycling, running, tennis, or football), strength/weight bearing training (weight lifting), and flexibility/balance training (for example, dance, yoga, Pilates, or stretching exercises) provides invaluable benefits to the body. Dr. Laskowski at the Mayo Clinic recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 times a week, or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 times a week, plus strength training twice a week. According to Mayo's exercise scientists, seven proven benefits of physical exercise are:
At BYU-Idaho, students have numerous choices of physical activities. PE instructors, Fitness Center personnel in Hart 152, and physicians at the Student Health Center are among those who can guide you in creating a system that works for you. To stay motivated, fitness incentive programs are available through BYU-I activities. To enroll, go to:
Consult current and past issues of the BYU-I Campus Wellness Newsletters at http://www.byui.edu/campuswellness/Newsletters.htm, for useful information on physical exercise.
Get more information from the Mayo Clinic about how exercise can help with anxiety by clicking here.