What is Fitness?

The state of being fit is defined as being physically and mentally sound. Thus, starting your journey to fitness is one of the best things you could do for your health. Physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for better mental health, boos self-esteem, reduce the risk of chronic conditions, and improve balance and coordination.

When you’re designing your own, unique/personal fitness program, take into consideration your fitness goals. Establish barriers and create strategies that will help you maintain your progress and keep you in track.

Fitness services and resources for Graduate Center students »

Free Fitness Resources


Shape Up NYC
Shape Up NYC offers FREE fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, Pilates and Zumba.
Check out the Shape Up schedule

Harlem Yoga Studio
Harlem Yoga Studio is dedicated to making yoga accessible, affordable, and welcoming to everyone in Harlem. They offer affordable classes, multiple Donations Only (pay what you want) community classes, prenatal yoga, beginners’ classes, family & kids yoga, free meditation, and discounts for students and seniors.

Royal Change by Sydney Cummings
Sydney Cummings is a fitness instructor, health enthusiast, and an advocate of accessible and affordable fitness program. Her Sydney Squad is an online accountability group with members from all over the world to support your health and fitness journey by providing the necessary tools (motivation, full workouts, and nutrition tips) for all levels. Check out her free workouts.