Since the holidays have passed and leftover Valentine’s Day candy is either thrown out or eaten, it’s the perfect opportunity for students to check in on their physical health.
Personal trainers associated with the university provided a full week of free ongoing fitness assessments in the Student Recreation Center to allow students to gain a better understanding of their current health.
These assessments intended to help students better achieve and set their personal fitness goals.
The evaluations examined blood pressure, cardiovascular tests, weight through the use of highly accurate scales and body mass index (BMI), which is calculated through a handheld bioimpedance analysis.
Afterward, the personal trainers examined these statistics with regards to the student’s age and height in order to calculate their overall health-fitness level.
Senior history major Alexa Guidetti, a personal trainer working at the event, believes there is more to fitness and health than just going to the gym.
“We chose to do a week of free fitness assessments for the rec center community as a wellness check because around this time we feel that it’s important for people to realize where they are at physically in order to live a healthy lifestyle,” Guidetti said. “There is more to this than just going to the gym, and we are here to offer as much advice as we can.”
Before working out, it’s important to identify the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of these assessments is to accurately measure a person’s overall general fitness level and to see how one can improve based on them.
This event also gave an opportunity for students to ask the trainers any questions regarding diet plans and proper workouts needed to achieve their fitness goals.
Suraj Makadia, a junior business administration major who attended the event, believes that it’s important for people to keep track of their health, suggesting that all students go for a fitness analysis.
“I wanted to see how healthy I was, so I tested my blood pressure, body weight and BMI,” Makadia said. “I believe that people should come in and see where they are at so they can set their fitness goals.”
According to the article titled, “The Importance of Physical Fitness” by Mana Medical Associates, staying active can help maintain a healthy weight, reduce risks for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, as well as reduce the risk for a variety of cancers.
Junior exercise major David Cosgrove, another personal trainer at the event, believes many students don’t know where to begin in their fitness journey.
“Sometimes people don’t know where to start,” Cosgrove said. “This kind of event could give students an idea about where they are currently, so they can then set their goals.”
Fitness Assessment Week took place between Monday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 22.