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Law Student Wellness

Law school is different.

Benefits of Exercise

The connection between happiness and fitness here.

Benefits of Physical Activity

Physical activity has many health benefits. These benefits apply to people of all ages and races and both sexes.

Strong evidence

  • Lower risk of early death
  • Lower risk of coronary heart disease
  • Lower risk of stroke
  • Lower risk of high blood pressure
  • Lower risk of adverse blood lipid profile
  • Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Lower risk of metabolic syndrome
  • Lower risk of colon cancer
  • Lower risk of breast cancer
  • Prevention of weight gain
  • Weight loss, particularly when combined with reduced calorie intake
  • Improved cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness
  • Prevention of falls
  • Reduced depression
  • Better cognitive function (for older adults)

Moderate to strong evidence

  • Better functional health (for older adults)
  • Reduced abdominal obesity

Moderate evidence

  • Lower risk of hip fracture
  • Lower risk of lung cancer
  • Lower risk of endometrial cancer
  • Weight maintenance after weight loss
  • Increased bone density
  • Improved sleep quality

2008 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines

Take a study break

Step aside from the desk for a few minutes to complete these short routines.

6 minute yoga stretch

7 to 30 Minute Desk or Cubicle Routines

7 minute workout

New York Times "The Scientific 7 Minute Workout" by Gretchen Reynolds. See website for options. Advanced Workout here.

Beginning with CARDIO, choose ONE exercise, exercise intensely for 30 seconds, rest 5 seconds, exercise LOWER BODY intensely 30 seconds, rest 5 seconds, exercise UPPER BODY intensely 30 seconds, rest 5 seconds, exercise CORE intensely 30 seconds, rest 5 seconds. REPEAT for a total of 3 times. Extend or shorten the rest period as needed. Select "Begin Workout" for online timer

NY Times illustrations

NYT Lower Body

NYT Illustration Upper body

NYT illustration CORE

For beginners