A shot of the quad during a sunny day with students sitting or laying in the grass.
Relaxing on the quad during good weather is a great way to de stress before exam week!

Living on a beautiful campus with enough hills to keep your legs busy for days,  and ample food options means staying healthy isn’t as hard as it seems.  Here are a few tips for keeping a sound body and mind at JMU.

Join a sports club

If having a regularly scheduled practice time will help you hit the gym, then consider joining one of UREC’s many club sports.  With over 40 teams, chances are you’ll find something you like.  You can find out more information here.

Take advantage of UREC . . .

Gym memberships can be pretty pricey, but as a university student you can take full advantage of the free campus gym!  UREC offers a pool, various exercise and weight machines, classes, and staffers who can help you with anything you don’t already know how to do. The also offer classes each day from yoga to cycling to cardio.  Most are free as a JMU student, and registration is required for most.  You can visit the UREC website or ask the front desk for a schedule.

. . . With a buddy

It’s not hard to imagine how exercising with a friend can keep you motivated.  A recent study from the University of Michigan found that going to the gym with a buddy keeps you working out for a longer period of time.  Finding a fellow Duke to hit UREC with might make you go more often, and work harder.

Be adventurous (with veggies)

Living on a college campus means you may have access to all kinds of foods you’ve never known before. Take a chance on some new veggies or different healthy options, you may find your new fave.  Visit Campus Dish for more info.

Fiber is your friend.

While Dunkin Donuts may be looking pretty good, remember that foods high in fiber are going to fill you up and help you from crashing! And high fiber foods, like fruits and veggies can be purchased Mr. Chips or the Grace Street Market with Dining Dollars.

Sleep is also your friend.

College students are recommended to get between eight and 10 hours of sleep a night, yet with our busy schedules it’s hard to fit in a full nights rest.  Being sleep-deprived can have some consequences- the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that a lack of sleep can lower your brain’s ability to make good decisions.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking enough water has uncountable benefits.  Besides keeping you hydrated, it helps fight infections, keep your skin healthy, carry toxins from your body, and even help you lose weight by making you feel more full after a meal.  Though experts vary on how much daily water intake is healthy, most say eight glasses a day.

Keep your stress in check

Easier said than done, right? But, keeping calm can help you stay more physically and emotionally sound, leading to better diet decisions and mental state.

Take the stairs

If you live above the first floor of a building with an elevator, its easy to regularly skip the stairs.  But according the the Department of Health and Human Services, taking just one flight of stairs three times a day can burn 15 calories.  That doesn’t sound like a lot, but do that every day and you might start to notice a difference.

Walk or ride your bike to class

With the campus bus system, it’s easy to avoid walking very far on campus.  But if you have the time, consider walking to class.  Walking across campus at a pace of 4 mph could help you burn as much as 100 calories.

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