Physical Activity

Whether an avid exerciser or just getting started, there are a number of resources to support you in becoming more physically active or fine-tuning a routine that you already have. The benefits of regular physical activity range from emotional and physical benefits and include things like improved sleep, increased energy, greater concentration, and reduced risk of injury.

liveWELL Health Coach Service

The liveWELL Program offers a one-on-one Health Coach service that is free for faculty and staff. A Health Coach can assist with getting you started with exercise or further developing your current routine. The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center location has fitness equipment in a private area where a Health Coach can orient you to fitness equipment and show you how to use it safely and effectively. Referrals to Personal Training and CHAMPS are provided, as appropriate. For assistance contact liveWELL via email or at 319-353-2973. 

UI Recreational Services

Individual classes, Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, Fitness Loft and Fitness East exercise facility, aerobics, track, and other exercise opportunities available to faculty and staff. For assistance contact Recreational Services via email or at 319-335-9293.

  • Personal Training
    Personal Trainers provide education, guidance, instruction and motivation to clients who want to achieve personal fitness goals. Personal Trainers will closely supervise your progress and will help provide you with resources so that you become confident and comfortable in any fitness/weight room environment. Personal Training packages are available for individuals and small groups.
  • Touch the Earth Outdoor Recreation and Education, UI Recreational Services
    Quality outdoor equipment available for rent at very reasonable prices. Canoes, tents, snowshoes, skies, etc.
  • Recreation Membership Incentive Program
    Faculty and staff in 50% or greater positions, including House Staff and Postdoctoral Research Scholars, are able to receive half of a single membership paid for by the University.

CHAMPS

CHAMPS (Cardiovascular Health, Assessment, Management and Prevention Service) is a program for individuals who need to reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol through a regular and tailored exercise program. For assistance contact CHAMPS at 319-356-4652. 

Additional Resources

  • Ace Fitness Exercise Library
    Look up videos and photographs of a variety of strength training activities to help with your workout routine. Go to the “Workouts” section for even more sample routines.
  • SparkPeople Exercise Demonstrations
    Many videos and photographs of home exercise routines, desk exercises and more for beginners through advanced exercisers. There are also sections on finding sample workout music, workout videos, and other resources.
  • Local Area Walking Maps

​​Please Note:  If you have any preexisting health concerns it is recommended that you check with your doctor prior to initiating these activities. As with any physical activity, if you experience pain or discomfort from these exercises you should discontinue the activity.