Maintaining a healthy body is crucial for academic success and personal development. By taking care of our physical bodies, we allow ourselves to reach our maximum potential throughout the day. There are many elements that affect our physical health. Here are some key areas of concern:
Physical activity has many health benefits! Living an active lifestyle helps:
Lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer
Lower high blood pressure and cholesterol
Improve fitness and strength
Decreases stress and depression
Support growth and development
For individuals between the ages of 18–64 years old, it is recommended that you participate in 150 minutes of moderate and vigorous activity per week. This can include walking, running, swimming, biking, hiking, etc.
Colds are viral in nature, commonly caused by the adenovirus or the rhinovirus. Colds are usually less severe than the flu. Symptoms usually progress more slowly than flu symptoms and can last 4–10 days.
What is the Flu?
The flu is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms can occur suddenly and be severe, often lasting 1–10 days.
The flu vaccine changes from year to year, helping to protect you against many different strains of the flu. The flu vaccine does not cause you to get the flu and is also not effective against the cold virus.
The Ministry of Health is now recommending that everyone in Ontario get an annual flu shot.
The flu shot is offered free of charge through the Ryerson Health Centre.
As a young adult, you may be able to fight a cold or flu with few problems, however, you may spread the virus to a person who may experience complications from the flu because their immune system is not as healthy as yours.
“Being sexually healthy means that you are free from disease, violence, injury, fear, and false beliefs. It also means that you are comfortable with your sexuality, and have the ability to control and positively experience your own sexuality and reproduction.” — Sexuality and U (external link)