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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The benefits of regular movement are countless –  it keeps weight in control, lowers chronic disease risk, strengthens your muscles, keeps your bones strong, and promotes relaxation, better sleep and mood, strong immune function, and more.

Kent State seeks to provide an environment that supports physical activity, rain, snow, or shine. When Ohio weather permits, you can rent a FlashFleet bike and/or join a “move” community and get active outside. Recreational Services offers an array of services available all year long, including some that you may not know about. You can attend group classes, get one-on-one fitness training, swim, ice skate, and more right here at Kent State. Exercise routines are easier to stick to if you have fun with it! Check out the resources below to learn of opportunities to get moving here on campus, home, and in your community. 

Aquatics Programs-Recreational Services
Be Well Solutions-Employee Wellness
Customized Fitness Programs-Recreational Services
Employee Wellness (visit Calendar of Wellness Offerings)
Equipment Issue Desk-Recreational Services
Exercise Leadership for the Older Adult-Health Sciences
Facility Rental-Recreational Services
Fit for Life-Health Sciences
Fitness Assessments-Recreational Services
Flashfleet-Recreational Services
Group X Classes-Recreational Services
Intramurals and Community Sports-Recreational Services
Ice Arena Programs and Public Skating-Recreational Services
Move Communities and Maps

This is a unique opportunity for us to build our “move” communities here at Kent State University.  Do you have a walking date and meeting spot you launch from weekly?  Have a running or 5K you’re preparing for and looking for a running mate?  Are you a rock-climbing enthusiast or have an interest in learning how to rock climb?  Perhaps you are a lunchtime stroller, morning swimmer, or bike rider who would welcome and enjoy like individuals.  We welcome all “movers” from all campuses to share opportunities to join you.  Below you will find groups and individuals that meet regularly and welcome others who may be interested. 

As a tool for our movers, we have included a printable map with seven routes ranging from quarter-mile to 3-mile for the Kent campus and have also included a non-marked map for individuals that might like to map their own unique routes and share with our community. If you have a map or community that you would like to add to this page, please email wellness@kent.edu.

We can all help build a healthy campus one “step” at a time.  

Kent Campus Opportunities:
  • Meet Mon-Fri., weather permitting, at the UFM flag pole at 11:30 a.m. near the UFM Administration building, 1781 E. Summit Street.   All are welcome! 
    Wellness Ambassador, Nicole Corll, ncorll@kent.edu

  • Meet Tuesdays, weather permitting, 12 noon at Heer Hall for 30-40 minute walk
    Employee Wellness Director, Kim Hauge, khauge@kent.edu

  • Meet Thursdays 3-4p.m. on the blue track by DeWeese Health Center for an LGBTQ+ walking group, coordinated by the LGBTQ Student Center intern team.  All are welcome. Bring sunscreen and water! This will be weekly, every Thursday, through the summer semester.  The Center hopes to continue the effort into the Fall semester too, date/time to be determined Hope to see you there!

  • Free Fridays at the Rec (employees have full access to the SRWC every Friday.  This includes Group X classes too!).  Bring your Flashcard I.D.

  • Looking for interested persons for roller skating on nice days at lunchtime.  Interested in setting up Wednesday lunch skates on a tennis court, Dix Stadium parking lot, the bike and hike trail from Loop Rd. to Dix Stadium, or something similar.  Willing to help teach beginner skaters.  
    Misty Sommers, mlsommer@kent.edu or 330-672-1888 

  • Come climb at the Rec Center’s rock wall with me most Fridays, 4:45-5:30 pm. I climb other days/times as well.
    Josiah Murphy Deeter, jjmurphy@kent.edu 

  •  See our online maps and distance guides

Regional Campus Opportunities
  • Ashtabula Campus: The On the Move group at the Ashtabula Campus will be meeting on the following days. We would love for everyone to come join us!!  
    Daily walks at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. - meet outside main hall atrium doors
    Friday walks at noon - meet outside main hall atrium doors
    Third Friday of the month - Bocce Ball and Corn Hole in the courtyard at 1 p.m.

  • Stark Campus Walking Map (PDF)

  • Stark Recreation & Wellness Center Non-Credit Classes (no registration, no cost)

Outdoor Rental Center-Recreational Services
Personal Training-Recreational Services
Reformer Pilates-Recreational Services
Special Events and Races-Recreational Services
Youth Programs-Recreational Services