When it comes to getting moving, U of T students are divided. Half get less exercise than the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends, which is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week – that’s five 30-minute or three 45-minute sessions. Second-year UTSC student Asiya Bashir blames studies: “I only work out once a week because of my schedule,” she admits.
Active students felt they received more than fitness from exercise. “It helps me relieve stress sometimes,” says Akela Marshall, a second-year student at the Rotman School. Most U of T athletic facilities, such as Hart House, the Goldring Centre and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, offer free drop-in classes.