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Movement for Mental Health is designed to help WVU students get up, get out and get moving at least 30 minutes most days of the week.

Move Well

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!

Resources to get you moving

  1. Make Your Plan: Making a plan is the essential first step to moving and reaching your health and fitness goals. Use this tool to choose an exercise plan that’s optimal for you.
    moveWELL Exercise Plan - pdf
    Sample moveWELL Exercise Plan - pdf
  2. The 20 minute workout: Like to stay fit but can’t find the time to make it to the gym? Learn how you can get a great workout in only 20 minutes by watching the At Home Workout.
  3. Calculate your target heart rate here: Click here to calculate your target heart rate.

Movement for Mental Health

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.

Movement for Mental Health Guide - pdf

A Strong Motivation for Exercise

A strong drive to incorporate movement as a life-long practice is most meaningful when founded in intrinsic motivation, a focus on:

  • Autonomy – freedom of choice based on what you value & most importantly, what brings you joy!
  • Competence – a perceived ability to perform an activity well – doing something that increases your confidence.
  • Relatedness – a sense of shared experience, so look for a warm & accepting environment.

To consider your own intrinsic motivation for exercise, download a Movement For Mental Health values worksheet - pdf.

Follow WELLWVU on Instagram and Twitter for moveWELL inspiration!
  1. Show us how you moveWELL! Instagram a photo using #moveWELL and tag @wellwvu
  2. Tweet us your #moveWELL tips and mention @wellwvu

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