Student Health 101
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Got video skills?
Share them and reach viewers other than your cat…

  • Check out the topic below for more information about video options and submission.
  • Submit your short video by midnight on Monday, November 20th.
  • If your video is selected, we’ll pay you $100!

Topic: The importance of active rest for muscle recovery

It’s easy for students to get the impression that more is better when it comes to exercise—but incorporating active rest days is vital for muscle recovery and injury prevention. Working out to the extreme multiple days in a row without incorporating active rest can lead to overuse injuries, physiological changes, burnout, and a stall in strength or endurance gains. Active rest should be done the day after you’ve done a heavy workout or any time your muscles are particularly sore. Active rest can include any lower-intensity activity, such as walking, yoga, foam rolling, or an easy swim or bike ride. Active rest involves moving the body and doing some kind of activity, not just sitting on the couch watching Netflix (that’s called passive rest). If you have experience with active rest, please submit a video covering one or more of the points below:

  • Tell us what your weekly workout routine looks like and how you incorporate active rest. Specifically what activities do you do for active rest and how do you know when to incorporate them? (E.g., do you schedule them ahead of time, listen to your body when it’s sore?)

  • Are you a competitive athlete, training for a particular race/event, or someone who just takes your workout routine very seriously? Explain the importance of active rest, particularly for those who are training at a higher level, and tell us how you incorporate it into your routine.

  • What tips do you have for students on how to incorporate active rest into their fitness routines? Who can they reach out to (e.g., trainers, coaches, fitness professionals) if they need help understanding what active rest is and how to get it?


Tips for making video magic:

  1. Be specific: Don’t try to cover too much. Start thinking about an anecdote or “headline” that captures the theme. Look to the questions for suggested angles.
  2. Focus on your own experience and/or the experience of people you know: What worked for you? What didn’t work? Resist offering advice (“you should do this…”) unless you have relevant professional qualifications.
  3. Choose an engaging (but not too distracting) environment: Outdoors can work well. A gray wall probably won’t.
  4. Stay short: Keep your video to two minutes or less.
  5. Skip the music unless you have written permission from the copyright holder OR the music was available via editing software.

Ready to submit?

Step 1: Record your video.

Step 2: Submit your video.

Step 3: Watch your email for notification that your video was selected.
*Note: Not all videos will be selected. You will only be compensated for videos that are selected.

Step 4: Bask in the glory of victory.

Suggested video formula:

Time Example

10-second introduction of theme

“Did you know that the healthiest food in the grocery store is usually found along the perimeter?”

10-second personal introduction, including a fun or interesting fact

“Hi, I’m Student X, a sushi-enthusiast, devoted fan of pinstripes, and student at Columbia University.”

1-minute discussion on a particular theme or story, related to the topic and questions pertaining to it

“Today I want to talk about my grocery store triumphs, otherwise known as how I learned to love the nutrition label…”

10-second conclusion

“This is my experience using a nutrition label to find the healthiest food. What’s your greatest grocery store success?”