Staying Active and Healthy at Notre Dame

Author: Liam Franz


College life is very busy and stressful at times, which can make it feel impossible to stay physically fit; however, staying active and healthy is a crucial aspect of college life, and Notre Dame offers several opportunities to achieve this goal. As a former athlete in high school, I knew I needed to stay in shape when I got to college, but I wasn’t sure what resources Notre Dame offered to help me achieve this. As a student at Notre Dame, I have found numerous ways to stay active and healthy, including working out in my dorm gym, playing pickup basketball with friends, utilizing the Smith Center, and walking to class every day.

Working out in my dorm gym has been a convenient and accessible way to stay active. The gym is equipped with a range of exercise equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, and weights. It's a great way to start or end the day with a workout without having to leave the building. Additionally, the Smith Center inside Duncan Student Center offers even more equipment and workout options. I often find myself using the weight room and cardio machines at the Smith Center to switch up my workouts.

Playing pickup basketball with friends in North Dome has also been a fun way to stay active. North Dome has several basketball courts that are open to students for free. It's a great way to get some exercise while also having fun and socializing with friends. Duncan Student Center also offers basketball courts for students to use.

Walking to class every day is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into my daily routine. Notre Dame's campus is beautiful, and walking to class provides an opportunity to enjoy it while getting some exercise. Walking is an easy and low-impact form of exercise that can be done anywhere, making it an excellent option for staying active on campus.

Eating healthy in the dining hall is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Notre Dame's dining halls offer a wide range of healthy options, including salads, grilled chicken, and fresh fruit. By choosing healthy options, I can fuel my body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and active. Drinking plenty of water is also essential for staying healthy, and I always make sure to carry a water bottle with me throughout the day.

Overall, staying active and healthy at Notre Dame is easily achievable with the numerous resources available on campus. By incorporating physical activity and healthy habits into my daily routine, I am able to maintain my physical and mental well-being. Whether it's working out in the dorm gym, playing basketball with friends, or walking to class, there are plenty of options to stay active and healthy at Notre Dame.