College is an exciting time! But the transition to living on your own in a new city can make it hard to stay healthy. We are here to help you stay healthy and stress free!

 

Physical activity doesn’t have to be boring or scary! Browse this website for tips on how to get moving on and off campus!

Cassell Fitness Center

Monday – Thursday: 6am – 11pm

Friday: 6am – 9:30pm

Saturday: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday: 10:30am – 6:30pm

Conveniently located on the first floor of Cassell Hall with a separate entrance than the residence hall. All Recreational Sports & Fitness members and current AU students are allowed to access both the Cassell Fitness Center and the Jacobs Fitness Center.

 

Jacobs Fitness Center

Monday – Thursday: 6am – midnight

Friday: 6am – 9:30pm

Saturday: 8:30am – 6:30pm

Sunday: 10:30am – 6:30pm

Located on the first floor of the Sports Center, the Fitness Center includes a strength area, cardio floor, and one group exercise studio. It is also the access point for the Reeves Aquatic Center and Bender Arena.

 

Aerobic Exercise May Improve Memory, New Study Suggests

Media Contact: Katherine Marx, American University, km9011a@student.american.edu

(Washington, D.C.) October 30, 2019 – Exercise is known to improve physical health and functioning, but a new study shows it might improve mental function as well. A study published this year from Texas State University suggests that people can improve their memory by participating in aerobic activity. Aerobic activity is exercise that increases heart rate and breathing rate. The United States Department of Health and Human Services suggests that adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week.

The team at Texas State University developed two different experiments where students who volunteered for the study exercised and then took a memory test. After exercising, participants were presented with a word for six seconds. After being shown a word, they were asked to rate how likely they would be able to recall the word 10 minutes later. This was repeated for a total of 30 words; after all 30 words were presented, participants were asked how many of the words they would remember five minutes later. Finally, participants were given three minutes to record as many words as they could remember on a sheet of paper.

For the first experiment, participants were randomly divided into three different groups: sedentary, light, and moderate. These groups were the level of activity the participants would engage in before performing the memory test. Both light and moderate exercise significantly improved participants ability to remember the words compared to the group that did not exercise, the sedentary group.

In a second, similar experiment, participants were tested for aerobic ability and then divided into high-fit and low-fit groups. The groups were then evenly split into participating in light aerobic exercise or no aerobic exercise before taking the memory test. People who participated in exercise did better, and there was no significant difference in high-fit and low-fit people’s ability to recall words after exercise.

While it was clear before this study that exercise could improve physical health and functioning, it appears that it may improve mental health and functioning as well. This study shows that aerobic exercise of any kind can help improve memory in the period of time after exercising. Even just 10 minutes of aerobic activity can increase a person’s ability to recall words by 20 percent.

This has important implications. Even a brief walk before studying improve a student’s ability to recall information. Whether it’s a test that a college student needs to study for, a presentation a high schooler needs to practice, or the speech you are giving at your best friend’s wedding, it may help to work on it after a bit of aerobic activity. Physical activity makes us healthier, but research now shows that it may make our lives a little easier, too.