How DU Stay in Shape?

Most students at the University of Denver keep in shape in their own terms.  Some students choose traditional exercise at the gym, while others focus on mental health and nutrition. With a number of different schedules and majors, not all students will prioritize the gym as much. Of course, this begs the question: how do less-athletic students keep up their shape?

At the University of Denver, how do different students view exercise?

As many DU students will attest, a balanced life is the key to happiness and fulfillment. Generally, however, students fall into separate categories.



DU Students from left to right: Moe Otaru, Leonard Pollard, and Caroline Murray

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Moe Otaru, a student at the University of Denver offered insight as to how he stays and shape. For Otaru, 2016 is his first year living in the United States from Nigeria. Previously, Otaru played soccer and seldom hit the gym. About three weeks ago, however, something changed. Citing recent challenges, Otaru also spoke about his motivations behind staying in shape.

“I got motivated to start working out, just because I went through some problems recently and I kind of wanted to feel better about myself, so I hit the gym,” said Otaru.

For Otaru, staying in physical shape should be near the top of his to-do list.

“I think the highest killer of males is cancer and heart disease. I don’t know if you can battle cancer, but you can live healthy and battle heart disease. I work in school and I always find time in the evenings to work out,” said Otaru.

While Otaru takes a more physical approach to his over all health, both physically and emotionally, other students put a heavier emphasis on eating healthy.


Bikers at Washington Park, a mere 5-10 minute walk from Denver University’s Centennial Towers Dormitory.

Leonard Pollard, a Junior at the University of Denver offered some insight as to how he enjoys staying fit. While studying and working at the Richie Fitness Center, Pollard makes time to frequent the gym after work. Pollard discussed diet, but also emphasized the fitness aspect–as well as the struggles for both. For Pollard, staying in shape is really a case-by-case basis. Working in the fitness center might make Pollard familiar with energy supplements, but Pollard makes his own adjustments.

“I used to be able to afford protein but I can’t anymore, I use creatine because it’s super cheap. It’s just a financial thing, I guess,” said Pollard.

Pollard also discussed his diet and how it’s changed in recent years.

“I feel like a lot of supplements are overly expensive, so I can’t afford them but I do fine just on milk, and oats and peanut butter,” said Pollard.


During one’s college life which is a significantly financially pressed time, many students are forced to partake in the delicate balance between eating healthily and not breaking one’s budget.

With that said, every individual at DU’s campus is unique–meaning there is no shortage of ways in which students can stay fit both physically and emotionally throughout the year.

While it held true across the board at the University of Denver that students care about their health, it appears as though emotional health is something many students neglect.

Caroline Murray, a sophomore International Studies major at DU discussed her experiences and how she enjoys taking care of herself throughout the year.


“I like to take a break and have fro-yo, so really just having fro-yo occasionally,” said Murray.


Murray made clear that while she can’t make it to the gym, both physical and emotional health hold equal levels of importance.


Without a doubt, students really care for themselves at the University of Denver. With the stress of college life always a burden for many students, finding a balanced living style is always a tricky issue. While the students at DU are in full swing taking care of themselves, many will have to get creative in order to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle while in college.


Volleyball Players at Washington Park



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