Exercise has many benefits, aim for a minimum of 30 minutes per day;
- improve memory, concentration and study performance
- improve sleep, mood and a decrease in anxiety or depressive symptoms
- improve energy, strength and fitness
- enhance ability to cope with stress
- maintain a healthy weight and body shape (including muscle mass)
- regulate appetite
- provide a protective effect against a variety of conditions including; heart disease, certain cancers, musculoskeletal conditions, mental illness, diabetes and osteoperosis.
How do I start?
The FITT formula is easy to follow and stands for:
- Frequency - a minimum of three times per week, preferably 5+ days a week.
- Intensity - depending on your level of fitness, choose an exercise intensity that you can manage such as walking-low, jogging or gym-moderate, team sports such as basketball, soccer - high.
- Time - Aim for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Type - Choose an exercise that you enjoy, research indicates that you will be more successful if you choose an exercise you like.
Personalised exercise programs
Many people benefit from prescribed and supervised exercise programs which are available from Deakin Fitness Clubs on campus, the professional staff can assist you to start your fitness journey.
Walking and Travelsmart
Walking is an excellent form of exercise providing physical, social, mental and emotional health benefits. Walking is an exercise which is free, enhances your fitness and minimise your impact on the environment.
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Exercise ideas and benefits.
Try these simple, effective, low cost exercise and fitness alternatives:
- Go for a walk, Deakin campuses provide the perfect environment, with open spaces and walking tracks
- Exercise with your favourite music on!
- Use a pedometer, aim for 10,000 plus steps per day
- Ride a bike. Not only is it good for your health but it is a cost effective and environmentally sound transport option.
- Discuss your exercise and sporting interests with your friends and/or housemates, join a local team or club.
- Plan regular study breaks, good nutrition, exercise and regular sleep all improve your ability to learn, retain information and perform well in your studies and during exa
- Doing some simple type of exercise or stretches will relieve muscle tension and increase blood flow around your body.
Further information and advice
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