In our Walking and Jogging course, students are asked to walk or jog one mile as a group, in partners, or alone. The class uses the 520 pedestrian pathway to complete the activity, and we spend time learning about the importance of exercise for both physical and mental health. This is a relaxed class where students get to explore the neighborhood, be social, and learn how to take better care of themselves.
Exercise has many benefits for the body and mind. It makes us feel happier, help with weight management, is good for muscles and bones, and it increases energy levels. Exercise reduces risk of chronic disease, helps skin health, strengthens brain health and memory, gives you better sleep quality, and can reduce chronic pain.
Taking care of your body is a skill that allows you to have a better quality of life and self-satisfaction, and our students see the importance of learning this skill, too.
“It’s important to learn this skill because exercise can relief some stress which may be building up in the brain,” says Briggs, a 3rd year student. “The benefits of exercise are immediate, but not permanent. It all requires consistency. As with many things, it doesn’t happen overnight. You just need to stick to the plan of exercise and expand it little by little every month or so. You will be surprised on how fast you’ll end up getting if you are consistent.”
“If you put enough effort into it and keep going regardless of the difficulty, you’ll eventually reach the end point of your current goal,” says Austin, a 2nd year student. “It shows that academics is not the only important thing in life. You also need to have physical activity to make your life fun.”
Walking & Jogging is an elective course OLS Students can take to obtain their associate degree from OLS. More information about our curriculum is available on our website. To learn more about our program, register for an Information Session.
Last Updated June 27, 2019