Step to it: ways to be active this fall

November 27, 2023
Christopher Greener

Christopher Greener

College can be demanding at times with classes, work and personal responsibilities competing for your attention. One may sacrifice sleep, a healthy diet or physical activity during a busy semester. As discussed in previous Well-Being Tips of the Week, sleep plays an important role in your health and there are local resources available to help students who are food insecure. Physical activity also plays an important role in adult health by lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, reducing the risk of depression and lowering anxiety [1].

The current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week [1]. If you are not able to meet these recommendations, remember that some physical activity is better than none [1].

Running and group exercise classes often come to mind as ways to be active. While these are fun activities, there are a number of other indoor and outdoor activities you can do on your own or with friends to help you achieve your physical activity goals. Below is a list of activities to try this fall.

Jorge Banda

Jorge Banda

  • Purdue has a number of dance and sports clubs students can participate in, such as salsa dancing, swing dancing, yoga and disc golf. See Purdue BoilerLink for more information.
  • Purdue has been described as one of the best fall foliage campuses in the U.S. [2]. Explore the Blue Tree Trail, Gold Tree Trail, and Green Tree Trail on campus, particularly when leaves are turning from green to yellow, orange and red. See the Purdue Arboretum website for more information.
  • Explore hiking and biking trails in the Greater Lafayette area. You can learn more information about local parks and trails. 


Christopher Greener:Chris Greener is a senior undergraduate student studying psychology and kinesiology. After graduation he will pursuing a master’s degree in sports psychology to practice clinical work.

Jorge Banda: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.