Physical Health

Physical wellness is about taking care of your body physically to enhance your health and everyday function. Physical health refers to caring for your body in a way that promotes optimal health and functioning. This can be done through physical activity, nutrition, and self-care practices.

What's happening here:

Student participating in moderate intensity cardio each week:

  • 24% - 0 days
  • 61% - 1-4 days
  • 15% - 5-7 days
  • 89% of students do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.
  • 28% of students found their appearance traumatic or difficult to handle in the past 12 months.

Spotlight on physical health

  • Regular exercise can improve your memory, leading to better grades. It can also boost your energy when you're tired of staring at your textbook!
  • Physical activity increases energy and self-esteem as well as provides relief from stress, anxiety, and depression. It also improves quality of sleep.
  • Eating fruits and vegetables helps to stabilize blood sugar, which will help control your appetite.

Take action

  • Take a study break and get moving. If you are a part- or full-time student, you have already paid gym membership fees in your tuition.
  • Start small and build up. Even using the stairs or taking a 5 minute walk outside can have stress-reducing effects!
  • Try keeping cut and washed fruits and vegetables near the front of your fridge, and less healthy food near the back. You may be surprised how much easier it will be to manage your diet.
  • Pack your lunch the night before, and try to limit processed foods.
  • Attend a body image workshop through the Student Counselling Centre

Physical health resources

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*Data compiled from spring 2016 NCHA survey.
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