Staying Healthy and Fit
Getting physically active can result in increased overall wellness as well as increased physical fitness. Check out the suggestions below to get you started.
Colder weather and limited hours of daylight can bring out the natural instinct to hibernate and stay inside, even in the most active person. Finding the time and energy to workout in your already busy days can also be an issue. Regardless of how you maintain your physical activity level, the important thing is that you do.
Tips for Staying Healthy
Mix it up
After finding the activity that fits your schedule and physical activity needs, you should add some variations to it, like adding weight training, circuit training, or spice it up with a fitness class (U-Move or MHealthy) to keep going.
The winter months can be long, but staying positive is critical to staying active. A positive attitude will help workout time go faster and leave one feeling renewed afterwards.
Some students may get the “winter blues,” or more severe seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD symptoms include low mood, lack of energy and increased sleeping and eating. If you experience low mood during fall or winter, you can consider talking to Dean Baum or Director Nealy. Be sure to check other resources in this site, too.
Find the fun
There are many opportunities on campus for students to find the fun in physical activity and enjoy the weather. Outdoor Adventures offers cross country and downhill skiing, ice climbing, winter camping, dog sledding, snowshoeing which are all terrific ways for students to stay active during the winter months.
There are three recreation centers on campus that are available for you to use for free. We encourage you to use the campus recreation resources to maintain your physical activity level throughout the winter months. It will help you stay healthy in body and mind, and to be motivated for the coming spring.
Ann Arbor Parks and Rec
From bicycle trails to canoe liveries, Ann Arbor has plenty of outside activities to keep you interested, including an expansive bike path system and municipal facilities for canoeing, wind-surfing, and year-round ice skating and swimming. You'll find some of the offerings on the Parks and Recreation website.
Get Out in Nature
There are lots of beautiful places nearby if you want to get out and enjoy nature. Nichols Arboretum ("the Arb") is a botanical preserve, with acres of rolling hills and every species of tree native to the state of Michigan. It's a popular walking and playing area in both summer and winter. The grounds are open every day from 8am until dusk. Matthei Botanical Gardens include marked hiking trails of various lengths, landscaped gardens, and an extensive multi-climate conservatory containing plants of botanical interest from all parts of the world. It's a wonderful getaway from the cold winter weather. The outside walkways are open every day from 8:00am to dusk.
Ann Arbor has over 150 parks, which offer everything from tennis courts, swimming pools, and ice rinks, to places to rollerblade or play disc golf. There are also three dog parks where canine pets can play off-leash.
If you want to get away from town, southeastern Michigan has a wealth of recreation areas within a half-hour car ride. You can hike, mountain-bike, kayak, or just enjoy nature at the many recreation areas in southeastern Michigan. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks provide additional recreational resources, including cross-country skiing and boating.
Sports and Fitness
The Ann Arbor Ice Cube is a unique combination of an ice sports center complete with pro shop, a physical therapy center, and a public fitness center.
Golfers will find over 20 golf courses in the Ann Arbor area.
The Ann Arbor YMCA offers many classes and workshops along with a weight room, sauna, gymnasium, Nautilus, swimming pool, and racquetball courts.
U-M Recreational Sports and Facilities
The University of Michigan has a variety of self-directed recreational activities, club sports and recreational facilities. Visit Rec Sports to get started. You can even rent kayaks, canoes, rock-climbing gear, cross-country skis and more at Rec Sports' Outdoor Adventures.
Health and Medical Resources
University Health Service
207 Fletcher Street, Ann ArborPhone: 734.764.8320
UHS offers comprehensive outpatient medical services through their medical clinics. In addition to primary medical care, UHS offers a wide variety of specialty clinics, health support services, and health education materials.
UHS can manage minor emergencies (e.g., some cuts or broken bones). In case of minor emergencies during open hours, go directly to UHS.
Advice when UHS is open: You may call your Clinician or Nurse Advice Line at 734.763.4511. For gynecological concerns, call the Gynecology Clinic at 734.763.9184.
If your situation is not life threatening, but you have an urgent health care concern that cannot wait until UHS opens, call their after-hours nurse at 866.204.1082. See also Emergency/After Hours.
If your condition is not life-threatening and UHS is closed, you may want to go to an urgent care facility* in Ann Arbor instead of an emergency room:
IHA After Hours Care
2090 Commonwealth, Ann Arbor, MI, 734.995.0308. Hours (verify before going): Monday-Friday 5-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm.
Ann Arbor Urgent Care
1000 E. Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI, 734.769.3333. Hours (verify before going; last check-in is a half-hour before closing): Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm.
St. Joseph Mercy Maple Urgent Care
501 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 734.327.3933. Hours (verify before going): Monday-Friday 8am-8pm.
5958 Canton Center Road, Canton, MI, 734.454.5454 (note: this site does not participate with Premier Care). Hours (verify before going): Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am- 4pm.
If UHS or urgent care will not meet your needs, there are also two excellent hospitals in the Ann Arbor area.
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 734.936.4000
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
5301 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti, MI, 734.712.3456
Students are responsible for payment for any medical care received outside of UHS, including emergency room and ambulance services. These services are not covered by the health service fee.
Dental Faculty Associates
The Dental Faculty Associates is a private practice setting within the School of Dentistry where patients are treated exclusively by faculty dentists. The Dental Faculty Associates offer a full range of dental services. Call for appointments and information.
Paying for Services
Sometimes you may need health services that you must pay for on your own. Students should have health insurance to help cover services not covered by the University's health service fee. If you need financial assistance, please contact the Law School's Office of Financial Aid at 734.764.5289 or in 310 Hutchins Hall.
University buses run seven days per week year round, except for six official holidays.
S.A.F.E.WALK is a campus accompaniment service designed as an alternative to walking alone on campus at night. Coordinated by staff at the Department of Public Safety (DPS), S.A.F.E.WALK escorts are free of charge and available to all members of the University community.
During the fall and winter semesters, the service is provided daily from 10pm to 3am. Just call (734) 763-WALK (or 763-9255) to request an escort. An employee from U-M Transportation Services will respond to your campus location and deliver you to your requested location within a one-mile driving radius of central and north campuses.
During non-service hours, alternative service providers will be identified by DPS.
All active U-M faculty, staff and students may ride on all of AATA’s regularly scheduled fixed-route buses at any time of day, any day of the week with no fare by simply showing their valid MCard ID to the bus driver. For route information refer to www.theride.org.
Paratransit State Street Ride
Free after-hours taxi service from any U-M building to the South State Street Commuter (Park and Ride) lot after buses have concluded daily service. To request a ride, phone Blue Cab directly at (734) 547-2222. The service is available Monday through Friday from 10 pm to 6 am.
Night Ride (Ann Arbor Transportation Authority)
Shared-ride taxi service within Ann Arbor (when fixed-route AATA bus service is not available) seven days a week, Monday through Friday, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 7 pm to 7:30 am. Fee is $5 per person. Call (734) 528- 5432 to request a trip. Also available on all major holidays.
This service is available after University transit buses and shuttles have concluded daily service: from 2:00 a.m. through 7:00 a.m., seven days a week. Please note you must show the driver your valid U-M ID. On Central Campus, rides are available from the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
To request a ride, call Blue Cab directly at (734) 547-9800 on the phone provided by the Library. On North Campus, rides are available from the Duderstadt Center, where the staff books the tripes for the passengers.
On Medical Campus, rides are available from 1:20 a.m. through 7:00 a.m. with pickup at the Cancer Center exit. To request a ride, call Blue Cab directly at (734) 547-9800.