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Jefferson and Yorktown fitness centers offer a wide variety of fitness equipment and resources to help students achieve their health goals. 
 
Campus Recreation offers over 15 different student-taught fitness classes to allow students the ability to try new types of exercise in a supportive and motivational environment.  

With more of an emphasis on fun, than winning, intramural sports provide friendly competition, effective exercise, and is an enjoyable outlet for all the participants. 

The club sports program is one of the fastest growing co-curricular options at the University, and in involvement in these teams contributes to students’ academic, personal and professional development

The campus recreation department holds a number of recreational tournaments and events each year, ranging from whitewater rafting to ski and snowboarding trips, to nature trail hikes

Join the 100 Mile Club by running, jogging, biking, rowing, or stepping a combination of 100 miles and receive a free 100 Mile Club T-Shirt! 


 WHY COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD EXERCISE?                                 
Stimulates Brain Cell Development

Recent human and animal studies show that regular aerobic exercise has profound effects on the brain. A recent New York Times article, “How Exercise Could Lead To A Better Brain”, describes experiments performed on mice at the University of Illinois. Mice who ran regularly on a wheel had more neurons—brain cells—than those who did not.

Improves Memory Retention

The hippocampus is a structure in the brain that controls the formation, retention, and recall of memories. In most adults, the hippocampus starts to shrink slightly starting in the late 20s, leading to memory loss over time. Evidence from a 2011 study, recounted in the New York Times article mentioned above, shows that exercise prevents this shrinkage and may even promote regrowth.

Increases Focus and Concentration 

In 2009, a Canadian school for learning-disabled and ADHD children took part in an experiment that involved having students exercise for 20 minutes on treadmills or exercise bikes before starting their math class. Teachers noted a marked improvement in students’ ability to concentrate, participate, and retain information during the class after they had exercised. Inappropriate behavior also improved in the group that exercised.

Boosts Mood

Numerous studies have shown that exercise profoundly improves your mood. A 1999 Duke study into the effects of exercise on depression had some participants work out while others took a well-known anti-depressant medication. By the end of the study, the exercise group showed as much improvement in mood as the medication group did. So college students looking to maintain their positive attitude to succeed can benefit from regular exercise.

Relieves Stress

Prolonged stress can lead to health problems, such as heart attacks and stomach problems. Exercise, by helping you sleep better and easing anxiety, can relieve the negative effects of stress on your body. Many regular exercisers also find that they can focus constructively on problems during or after a bout of exercise.