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Move Well

Engaging in physical activity is an important part of overall wellness. One can boost energy and mood, build confidence, relieve stress, strengthen the immune system, find community, and more. Here are some key tips to engaging in physical activity:

  • Start Slowly. No matter if you are a novice or veteran, easing yourself into new exercise routines helps reduce risk of injury and sets you up for future success. For beginners, start by taking walks or slow jogging, trying a new sport or activity, or exploring various apps to introduce exercise routines. You can even do some while you study or watch tv. If you are unsure how to begin, ask for help. You can ask a friend or a staff member in the Matchbox, including the Student Wellness Program Manager. If you are exercise regularly, consider ways to diversify your routine. Pushing yourself outside your comfort zone to achieve new levels and have fun with it.
  • Buddy Up. Find a friend to help you stay accountable and to motivate you. Together, you can try new exercises or take classes. You can also find companies and apps to help with the motivation. See below for a few suggestions.
  • Include cardio, strength training, and stretching into your routine. No matter your starting point or body type, cross training is as important as running and walking is for a healthy lifestyle for now and the future. Maybe weightlifting is not for you, but there are lots of other ways of using your own body to strengthen your musculoskeletal system. 


New to the Matchbox? Students email to schedule an individual or group tour of the equipment and facility. Employees can request an orientation through the Athletic Department.

Wellness Trails

The Swarthmore College campus has paths that weave throughout the scenic arboretum, an inviting setting of ever-changing beauty. The Wellness Trails were developed in a cooperative effort by the Wellness Group and the Athletics and Facilities Management departments. Maps and specialized brochures on plants growing on the campus are available at the Arboretum headquarters, which also houses a horticultural reference library. The Arboretum grounds are open from dawn to dusk year-round. Admission is free. For additional information, visit the Scott Arboretum or call 610-328-8025 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to noon and 1:00-4:30 pm. 

Scott Arboretum Wellness Trails

Physical Wellness Review

This Prezi reviews the key components of physical wellness: basic nutrition, diet, exercise, and sleep.

Physical Wellness Overview