The Health Education Resource Center (HERC) is affiliated with Health Service and serves as a source of information on health related topics. The HERC provides students, faculty and staff with a wide variety of health programs. The HERC's goal is to keep EIU's campus healthy, so students can succeed at all of their university endeavors.
Monday, November 7, 2016
Exercise: Healthy Habits for a Better You
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things
you can do for your health. Several benefits of exercise include:
Control your weight
Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
Reduce your risk of some cancers
Strengthen your bones and muscles
Improve your mental health and mood
How much exercise do I
How much daily exercise you need depends on your age.
Research recommends that 2 to 5 year olds get approximately 3 to 5 hours of
moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. Similarly, 6 to 17 year olds need
about one hour of moderate to vigorous exercise activity per day. Research also
suggests that 18 to 64 year olds exercise for one hour per day, alternating
between aerobic exercises and strength training. The key is to make exercise a
Making Exercise a Habit
·Find a variety of activities you enjoy
·Exercise with another person
·Exercise in the morning or after class
·Keep track of your progress by logging all of your exercise
·Make exercise a priority
Types of Exercises Aerobic activitiesare those that increase your heart and breathing rate. These
activities can be either moderate or vigorous in nature. Some examples of
aerobic activities include: cardio machines, spinning, running, swimming,
walking, hiking, dancing, and kickboxing.
those that strengthen your muscles. These activities can work all different
parts of your body including your legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders,
and arms. Some examples of muscle-strengthening activities are: push-ups,
squats, pull-ups, weight lifting,
burpees, lunges, and crunches.
those that strengthen your bones. These activities are especially important for
children and adolescents, as these exercises promote bone growth and strength.
Jumping, tennis, dancing, and jogging are all examples of bone-strengthening
Balance and stretching activities, such as
stretching, dancing, yoga, martial arts, and tai chi, enhance physical
stability and flexibility. These exercises help keep your joints flexible,
prevent stiffness, and potentially help reduce your chances of injury.
over-exercise?Compulsive exercising, or
over-exercising, is a problem that is seen on many college campuses. Although
it may seem harmless, it’s actually just as harmful as an eating disorder. If
you or a friend show any of the following signs, please seek the attention of
the Health Service, or other professional provider.
a high level of activity and is uncomfortable with periods of rest or
on activity for mood stabilization and self-definition
their life around exercising
class or work or ditched friends to workout
exercising over relationships
Student Recreation Center
The mission of the Student
Recreation Center is to provide EIU students, faculty, and staff with both
formal and informal recreational activities, regardless of ability. The Student
Recreation Center wishes to promote a safe and enjoyable environment, encourage
participation, and promote healthy lifestyles. Visit www.eiu.edu/campusrec for
a complete list of individual fitness options, group fitness classes, and
intramural sports. If you have additional questions or would like more
information, contact the Rec at (217) 581-2821.