Get in shape and stay in shape
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 20.8 percent of adults 18 years of age and over meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. That means four out of five people you meet are buying the wrong lottery ticket. When you work out with a purpose, the odds are always in your favor.
The reasons to get fit and stay fit are ridiculously compelling. You’ll sleep better, fight off cold and flu viruses, sharpen your brain, improve your sex life, protect your eyesight, decrease your stroke and cancer risk, strengthen your bones, prevent weight gain, brighten your outlook, tone your muscles and end up feeling like a million dollars. Powerball, schmowerball.
How Inver Hills can help
Inver Hills Community College offers numerous ways to pursue your fitness ideals. Our facilities include a newly remodeled Activities building featuring a gymnasium with a new floor, new basketball hoops and backboards, and new scoreboards. The Activities building also features a fitness center with elliptical, rowing, treadmill, adaptive motion, recumbent bike and weight-training machines. Much of the equipment is Precor and Magnum. The remodel relocated the weight room to a new, larger space with full range of weight-training equipment.
The next phase of the Activities building remodel includes a new space for teaching yoga, Pilates and the martial arts along with more room to work out. The new space will extend west from the gym. Construction is scheduled to begin late spring 2016 with a completion date by the start of fall semester.
Your home for intramural sports
The college’s Outdoor Recreation Center provides opportunities to explore new activities while getting to meet people and serve your community. We maintain a large inventory of outdoor equipment for rent at minimal rates for all students, faculty and staff—and we encourage everyone on campus to participate. All rental equipment can be checked out on a reservation basis. The Inver campus has a 9-hole disc golf course and open fields designed to accommodate a number of outdoor sports, including flag football and soccer.
If you have a favorite sport, Inver probably has you covered. You can stay active, have fun, compete and make friends in a number of intramural sports, including:
- Disc golf
- Floor hockey
- Ice hockey
Wait, how much physical activity do we really need? Oh, and hand me the remote.
Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health—aerobic and muscle-strengthening.
Adults need at least:
2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
— Courtesy of the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Turn health, fitness and well-being into a rewarding career path
The Physical Education department at Inver Hills is centered on improving your understanding of the role physical activity plays in lifelong health and well-being while helping you develop the skills and attitudes you need to pursue activities throughout your lifetime. Our department encourages all Inver Hills students, faculty and staff to pursue lifelong fitness and wellness by actively participating in fitness, sports and leisure activities.
- Our fitness courses provide information on fitness principles, training guidelines, nutrition and body composition that you can use to design personal fitness programs.
- Our sports courses focus on skill development, team strategies, rules and etiquette through active participation in drills and games.
- Our outdoor education courses introduce you to a great variety of recreational activities to encourage lifelong enjoyment of nature.
Associate of Science (A.S.) in Exercise Science – 60 credits
The A.S. in Exercise Science prepares you to work in the fitness industry or transfer to a exercise science program at a four-year college or university.
Associate of Science (A.S.) in Physical Education – 60 credits
The A.S. in Physical Education prepares you to work in the fitness industry or transfer to a teaching program in physical education at a four-year college or university.
Career paths at a glance
Median salary for Minnesota: $43,000/year ¹
Future demand for Minnesota: 17.1 percent increase from 2012 to 2022 ²
Data from ISEEK
¹ Above the statewide median
² Well above the statewide median
Median salary for Minnesota: $37.48/hour ¹
Future demand for Minnesota: 22.6 percent increase from 2012 to 2022 ²
Data from ISEEK
¹ Well above the statewide median
² Well above the statewide median
To learn more about a career in Exercise Science or Physical Education, contact:
Top Six Fitness Goals for 2016Using #GetFit2016, CNN took to Twitter to find out what goals people prioritized in their fitness programs for the new year.
- Work out more
- Go the distance
- Get a six pack
- Diet and lose weight
- Challenge yourself
- Build a positive mentality
For more information about Fitness and Recreation at Inver Hills, contact:
Tom “Bo” Johnson
Director of Recreational Sports
Office: Activities Building 212