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Wellness Guide — Movement, Exercise & Getting Outdoors

A Guide to the UConn Library Wellness and Self-Care Collection

Movement, Exercise, and Mood

Many studies show that exercise can be helpful in boosting mood, often times due to the endorphins released by the body.  In addition, exercise is healthy for your body, whether you enjoy walking, yoga, or active HIIT (high-intensity interval) training.


Black woman doing yoga outside

Photo by Rishikesh Yogpeeth on Unsplash

Getting Outside into Nature

Sometimes just getting outside to breathe some fresh air, or going for a short walk can help to reset your mind and body.  UConn Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cindi Jones, has created a website where she inventoried quiet places on campus and compiled maps of all of the hiking/walking trails in Mansfield (Town of Mansfield, Joshua's Trust, UConn Forest, and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association).  See the link below called Nature Rx.

Nature Inside: Potted Plants and the UConn Botanical Conservatory

Sometimes you can't enjoy nature outside. Instead, you can enjoy a small succulent plant in your dorm room or you can take a walk in the UConn Botanical Conservatory in Storrs.  In Spring 2023, the Wellness Library hosted a tour of the conservatory led by director, Professor Emeritus Cindi Jones.  

Spring 2023 tour of the UConn botanical greenhouses in a room with tropical plants and spanish moss.

Digital Library Books on Movement & Exercise

YouTube Exercise Videos

Yoga with Adriene

Pop Studio Fitness free 30 min dance party workout with LA choreographer Ryan Heffington, owner of the Sweat Spot dance studio:

Library Exercise Video Access

You will find the most recent free exercise videos on social media platforms like Instagram, but the library does have several older exercise videos which are a part of our existing academic video platform subscriptions.

Physical Library Books