Sports and Physical Activity

October 18, 2021

Jorge Banda

As Jorge read the “Reimaging Boredom” tip by Abrar Hammoud, he reflected on his behavior when bored over the last 18-months. He often watched movies or shows on his television or mobile device. And he was not alone in watching screen media. As discussed by Louis Tay in "Alternatives to Screen Time", many of us turned to television during the pandemic. 

Reimaging Boredom provided great ideas to help us break out of ruts. Play and fun most resonated with us. Physical activity is important for one’s health. The 2018 PA Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults engage in at least 75-minutes of vigorous or 150-minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Regular physical activity is associated with many health benefits, such as a lower risk of hypertension, reduced risk of depression, improved sleep, and weight loss. 

Sports immediately come to mind when thinking about play, fun, and physical activity. Sports provide opportunities to be active, and participation in sports is associated with psychological and social benefits in youth and adults. Purdue offers a wide range of sports and physical activities for students. Try one of the fun activities listed below this semester:

  • Purdue Intramural Sports are a great way to be active on-campus. Registration is open for a number of sports. Students can join a team with friends or join a division on their own.
  • Purdue Club Sports provide opportunities for students to participate in a wide range of individual and team sports.
  • Purdue CoRec has indoor and outdoor facilities for a wide range of sports, such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, disc golf, and racquetball. The CoRec provides equipment rentals.
  • Group X classes provide opportunities to be active with others. Classes are organized into the following categories: strength, mind/body, cardio, dance, aqua, and outdoor.

Physical activity in the form of sports can not only bring us health benefits but can also be filled with fun and connections!!

Jorge A. Banda and Kyra C. Wilson

Jorge Banda is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. His research focuses on decreasing sedentary behavior, increasing physical activity, and preventing and treating obesity in youth. His current research takes place in youth sports settings.  Be sure to check back each week for another wellness tip of the week! 

Visit this page to learn more about members of the Research Collaborative

Well-Being  Resources:

Office of the Dean of Students, Student Support Services

Counseling and Psychological Services


To join the conversation and learn more,
use the hashtag #PurdueStepstoLeaps  on social channels:

FB Logo    Twitter Logo    Instagram Logo