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Physical Activity

There are many health benefits when you include physical activity in your daily routine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease, weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Research has also shown that participating in regular physical activity helps reduce stress and depression, and can also boost your self-esteem.

Fitness Guidelines

In 2008, The Department of Health and Human Services updated physical activity recommendations. The guidelines recommend 30 minutes of physical aerobic activity daily for adults ages 18-64.

Need some ideas for how to meet the physical activity recommendations? Check out the following resources.

Fitness Assessments

Student Health Advocates provide FREE personal fitness assessments that measure a person's fitness level compared to others in the same age group. Special equipment and exercises are used to measure blood pressure, heart rate, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, abdominal strength, and upper body strength. 

The news is out, sitting is not good for your health. It's easy to sit at your desk for hours without moving. Don't worry, UCSD Recreation has a solution! Subscribe to "Get Up Tritons!" for a reminder to get up and move! 

Daily emails are sent at 10am and 2pm to provide instructional exercise videos you can do from the comfort of your desk, lab or office. Fitness instructors will teach you how to reverse the negative effects of sitting--all for free!