moveWELL is designed to help WVU students get up, get out and get moving at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Research shows that exercise has a profound effect on physical health, mental wellbeing, and academic performance.
So why don’t students exercise more? There are as many answers to this question as there are students answering it. What’s important to remember about exercise is that it’s up to you. Make a choice for what works for you, and use the many resources here to help you create and stick with your plan.
Everyone doing this together can have a significant impact on shifting the image and health status of West Virginians. Encourage your parents, siblings, friends, relatives, even professors, to get moving with you. Together, we’ll create a revolution!
Here’s what you can do to get moving:
Did you know that exercise can help improve your mental health? Exercising for 150 minutes per week has been shown to improve memory & concentration, decrease irritability & anxiety, improve self-esteem, increase resilience & energy levels, and create more restful sleep patterns. Movement for Mental Health is a concept designed to help you consider the use of exercise to manage your mood related high stress, anxiety, and/or depression.
For more information on incorporating movement for mood management, download a guide here.
A strong drive to incorporate movement as a life-long practice is most meaningful when founded in intrinsic motivation, a focus on:
To consider your own intrinsic motivation for exercise, download a Movement For Mental Health values worksheet here.