The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
recommend 2 ½ hours of moderate, or 1 hour and 15
minutes of vigorous physical activity per week.
Where can I be active on campus?
We are so lucky at the University of South Carolina to have so many opportunities for physical activity within walking distance.
As a student, you have access to the Strom Thurmond Wellness Center and Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center. Each are outfitted for cardio & strength training workouts, personal trainers and group exercise classes.
In 2017, Healthy Campus Initiatives found the perfect walking paths for the newly updated FitWalk Paths. With so many routes to choose from, it’s a breeze to find one that fits your schedule!
What if I don’t feel comfortable going to the gym?
Physical Activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn energy. Getting active does not have to mean spending an hour at the Strom. You can get your physical activity minutes in while you walk to class or joining an intramural sports team.
What if I don’t have time to be physically active?
Have you tried multitasking? Do calf raises while you wait for your food to finish cooking in the microwave or go through a stretching routine while binging on Netflix.
Being active can fit into any schedule and lifestyle!
What if I don’t know how to be physically active?
The University of South Carolina offers many Physical Education (PEDU) classes that you can take for elective credit on everything from swing-dancing to weight-lifting.
Just by participating in a one-credit-hour course, you will be well on your way to building new skill and reaching your 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity!
What is the best form of physical activity for me?
The best form of physical activity is the one that becomes a hobby and a habit, and does not feel like a chore.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 2 ½ hours of moderate, or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous, aerobic physical activity each week to stay healthy. Adults should also aim to include muscle-strengthening activities that engage all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.
Your intensity level during physical activity is relative to your individual fitness level. Use the guidelines below to determine the best level of intensity for your health goals.
Moderate-Intensity Aerobic Activity: aerobic activity that increases a person’s heart rate and breathing to some extent. If you can talk in short sentences, but can’t sing a song, you’re likely at the right intensity.
Vigorous-Intensity Aerobic Activity: aerobic activity that greatly increases a person’s heart rate and breathing. If you are unable to hold a conversation, you are likely engaging in vigorous physical activity
Muscle-Strengthening Activity: physical activity, including any strength and resistance training that increases skeletal muscle strength, power, endurance and mass.
51% of UofSC students are reaching the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity each week to stay healthy.
What is available UofSC Faculty and Staff?
The Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center is always open to faculty and staff with valid Carolina Cards. Health Coaching is also available through Gamecocks LiveWell to help you reach your physical activity goals!
The Strom Thurmond Wellness Center is offering memberships to full-time university faculty and staff! This fitness facility is affordable, conveniently located on campus, and dedicated to helping you reach your fitness goals. No contracts. No registration fees. No cancellation fees.
Regular membership $360/year
Early bird membership $240/year (M-F, 6 a.m. – 1 p.m., and all weekends and holidays)
Free 30 day trial membership for faculty and staff who have not been members before
43% of UofSC faculty and staff are reaching the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity each week to stay healthy.
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