Student Health and Wellness Services


What’s simple, fun, and good for you? Cardiovascular exercise! Anything that gets your heart beating faster counts as cardio, and you should aim for at least 150 minutes per week (that’s just 20 minutes a day). Or—you can go for a more vigorous workout and do 75 minutes per week.


How to Tell Moderate from Vigorous

Is it moderate or vigorous? Use this "Talk Test" to find out:
When you're active, just try talking:

  • If you’re breathing hard but can still have a conversation easily, it’s moderate-intensity activity
  • If you can only say a few words before you have to take a breath, it’s vigorous-intensity activity

Exercise Suggestions

When it comes to cardiovascular exercise, there is something for everyone! Here are some ideas:

  • Walking (alone, with your friends, with a dog)
  • Dancing
  • Aerobics class
  • Bicycling
  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Every Day Activities Count!

Here are some examples:

  • Vacuuming/cleaning
  • Yard work
  • Gardening
  • Climbing stairs
  • Shopping (online doesn’t count LOL)
  • Walking to class or work
You can Move Your Way right now! Just get up and start with 5 minutes of movement. Do this a few times a day and you’ll be on your way.