Today's Update: Wednesday, May 13

May 13, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

The longer our COVID reality continues, the more we need to maintain a focus on our own wellness. It’s easy, especially after this amount of time, to fall into patterns and habits that aren’t as healthy as we might like.  

On Wellness Wednesdays I’m enlisting the help of the Student Life Wellness Innovators, led by Aubrie Smith and Laura Darling, to provide us with some ideas to help our best selves through the dimensions of wellness. Today, let’s put the spotlight on physical wellbeing and Student Life Recreational Sports.  

Research shows that being active has a wide array of benefits beyond the physical, but only one in five adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain good health. Physical activity has been proven to impact your mental health by improving sleep, reducing stress and anxiety and creating a sense of belonging. Participating in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity over longer durations (weeks or months) reduces symptoms of anxiety in?adults.? 

Staying active is more important than ever and Rec Sports has a number of resources to help you reach the goal of 150 minutes of activity a week. The staff has been working on a number of opportunities, and all their programs are open to the entire community so you don’t have to be a member.  

If you check out the Rec Sports website (, you’ll find group fitness classes in a wide variety of formats including Zumba, Yoga, Barre and more available via Zoom. No equipment or previous experience necessary to participate. You can participate live or go to their archive of class sessions. All Group Fitness LIVE! classes are free and open to all.  

Is your home workout getting stale? Learn some new moves from the Rec Sports fitness staff on Rec Sport’s YouTube Channel #LifeinMotion. 

Want to consult with a personal trainer to develop an in-home workout? Virtual personal training sessions are available. Packages include consultation, two-week work out plans and follow up.   

If you are biking to get exercise outside, the Buckeye Bike Hub has tips for giving your bike a safety check at home. Bike paths are available throughout the city including trails in many Metro Parks. You can even join the OAC staff on a virtual bike ride on the Olentangy Trail. 

Home workouts not for you? There are many benefits of spending time outdoors. Research shows that time spent in nature is good for your overall health and well-being. Time spent in nature has been shown to: Improve your cognitive ability, specifically by boosting your ability to concentrate and increasing your attention span, positively benefit your mood and improve your sense of overall happiness reduce feelings of and physiological responses to stress, increase your number of social connections and the quality of your social relationships, boost your physical health and well-being.  

Evidence-based benefits of nature have received attention from medical and mental health communities in the U.S. and abroad. A growing number of providers suggesting that their patients spend time in nature as a sort of "nature prescription." 

Whatever you do, however you do it, stay active. It’s a good way to stay Scarlet and Great!  

I also encourage you to submit questions for Friday’s Zoom informational staff meeting by the end of the day on Thursday. I won’t be able to take questions during the session, but if you send your questions in advance to I’ll try to answer as many as I can. Then join us from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday to hear updates from me and others. I’ll have the Zoom link in tomorrow’s message.