Exercise Instead of Pills

There's a New Prescription at Student Health Center
April 2, 2012

The SSU Student Health Center is now "prescribing" their patients to Campus Rec to receive exercise consultations instead of taking pills to treat such chronic health problems as insomnia, stress and cramped muscles from sitting too long as students are especially prone too.

Campus Recreation and the Student Health Center have teamed up to promote the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) created this initiative to encourage the public to stay active in order to both treat and prevent health issues.

According to the currently U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines, the recommended weekly dose of exercise for adults is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity. Broken down, that is just barely 20 minutes a day, and can be organized according to each individual's schedule and exercise preferences.

Campus Rec personal trainers are now giving exercise consultations to students who are referred by the Health Center. Trainers talk with the student about how they like to exercise and what will best work for them. 

For those new to the Campus Rec Center, Equipment Orientation tours are being given so students can learn what equipment is available to them, and more importantly, how to properly use it. Students that feel they need more training than a simple demonstration can schedule appointments with personal trainers to create workout plans and get more one-on-one training.

For students who aren't into weights and machines, the rec center also offers inMotion group fitness classes such as spin and yoga, as well as a pool, climbing wall, intramural teams and Outdoor Pursuits to get students moving and in shape.

For more information on Campus Rec and exercise consultations visit www.sonoma.edu/campusrec/ or call 707.664.4386.

To learn about Exercise is Medicine in more detail go to www.exerciseismedicine.org