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Regular physical activity can have positive effects on your health, but time and motivation can be barriers preventing you from being as active as you hope. Find out what resources are available to you so that you can BActive.

Regular physical activity can lower your risk of early death, coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breast and colon cancer, and depression. Whether you already have a workout routine or are just getting started know that engaging in physical activity can help reduce stress and improve your mood. BActive today to gain both short and long term benefits.


Need help getting active?

Schedule an appointment with the Office of Health Promotion for your Individual Health Plan (iHP) today!


Campus Resources:

BC Recreation Complex

Nutrition Counseling                Contact Sheila Tucker for nutrition counseling at 617-552-2176.

For additional health-related support contact:

University Health Services

University Counseling Services

Strategies for Getting Started

  1. Start out slowly. Add new physical activities little by little. Instead of taking the elevator, try using the stairs! If you have sufficient time take the longer route to class.
  2. Have fun. Choose a physical activity you normally enjoy and pursue it more often.
  3. Team up with a buddy or join others in a group fitness class at the BC Rec. Don't forget to sign up for classes in advance!
  4. Be realistic with your goals. Ten minutes of activity is better than none at all.
  5. Continue with your everyday activities. Know that activities such as walking, running, and biking can add up to an active lifestyle.

Strategies for the "Already Active"

  1. Get to know your schedule. Find 30 minutes of free time that you can use for physical activity! Sign up for an Individual Health Plan (iHP) if you struggle with organizing your time. 
  2. Speak with a physical trainer to analyze your personal wellness goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals. They may be able to provide you with additional assistance and resources.
  3. Pump it up! Add more vigorous activities to your workout routine. Fifteen minutes of vigorous activity provides the same benefits as 30 minutes of moderate activity.
  4. Mix it up! Try a new class or play a different sport than you normally would. A variety of activity including aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity can keep you motivated to stay active.

BActive at BC

There are several factors that influence your ability to engage in physical activity such as motivation, social support, and access to recreational environments. Luckily, Boston College presents numerous opportunities for you to BActive. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Walk or run around the Reservoir
  2. Take the "million dollar stairs"
  3. Join an intramural sports team
  4. Run the Boston Marathon
  5. Exercise using the BC Rec's cardio equipment
  6. Rent and play a game of Wii from the Media Center
  7. Go to Conte Forum's Open Skate
  8. Register for a group fitness class
  9. Pick up a game of tennis with a friend
  10. Take a swim at the BC Rec swimming pool
  11. Join a dance performance group on campus

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How Much Should I Exercise?

The Department of Health & Human Services recommends individuals engage in the following:

  • Aerobic Activity: At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week (ex. brisk walking or swimming) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week (ex. running and aerobic dancing)
  • Strength Training: Engage in strength training at least twice a week. Strength training can include the use of weight machines or activities such as rock climbing.

Always consult a doctor or physical trainer before engaging in strenuous physical activity.