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The Importance of Exercise for All College Students

UREC aims to reach the entire student body, regardless of experience or ability level, with the space capacity and diversity of programming to meet the needs of each Madison student as the institution grows.

Building a healthy relationship with exercise for personal wellness is our goal for every Madison student. In an ever-changing world filled with stress, sedentary lifestyles and negative media-induced body image ideals, it is so important for our graduates to build healthy habits to utilize in college and beyond.

“If you can get to the point where you’re consistently saying to yourself exercise is something that you want to do, then you’re charting a course to a different future – one that is less about surviving and more about thriving.”
- Dr. John Ratey

Our bodies are built to move and quite frankly, need to move! Exercise can be more than just about losing weight or looking good in a bathing suit. Exercise can build confidence, reduce stress, and improve learning and mental health. There are so many different ways to exercise - finding a workout you enjoy is the first step in building a healthier you.

UREC provides facilities, programs and services dedicated to ‘motivating Madison into motion.’ It is more than a place to sweat, it is a place to learn about healthy lifestyles and develop positive habits that students can take with them when they leave JMU.