If you're in college, do you exercise? Even young people need to
exercise, to be the best they can be. College can be stressful and exercising
is a great way to eliminate stress. College students may not always eat right.
Pizza, a popular meal for students, is tasty but loaded with calories.
Exercising will keep you from increasing your weight as you study to increase your
This web page will help you to get information about Exercising in College. First, read
our article, "Five Reasons to Exercise in College". Discover
the benefits of exercise and why college is the best time to get in the fitness habit.
Our article was written by a college student who shares her firsthand experiences.
Learn what she has learned!
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Five Reasons to Exercise in College
As a senior in college, I know life wouldn't be complete without three major papers
due on the same day, at least ten club memberships, the occasional all-nighter thrown
in for fun, not to mention much needed chill time with friends, and, oh, maybe some
classes as well. Stress is a given in college, and time isn't exactly as abundant
as, say, left over pizza. But while time for homework, hanging out and extracurricular
activities is important, so is time for exercise. Unfortunately, exercise is usually
the first thing nixed on the to-do list when time is stretched. However, beyond the
constant assault against the "freshman fifteen", exercise offers a whole host of benefits,
especially for us college kids. Here are just five reasons why every college student
should hit the weights as much as they hit the books:
1. Exercise can reduce stress.
Believe it or not, studies have shown that exercise can reduce stress, something every
college student can appreciate. Inactivity lowers metabolism, which is why sitting
through Shakespeare and Spanish Composition always has a way of making me feel tired
and sluggish (not to mention muy confusiada). Exercise is a great way to get
your body moving and wake yourself up. As if reducing stress and finally fitting into
those jeans from high school weren't enough, exercise has also been shown to have
other psychological benefits. And you thought getting ripped was its own reward. Every
college student could use a little more self-esteem and a little less depression in
their lives, and exercise is a great way to achieve both. Studies have shown that
regular exercise can reduce both depression and anxiety while helping you feel great
about yourself. So, if that advanced biology paper is really bumming you out, instead
of reaching for the brownies, stop by and say hello to your favorite treadmill (I
personally favor a quick workout on one of my school's nifty elliptical trainers).
When you're finished, you'll feel sweaty, but also better than ever. Your mind will
be awake, refreshed and ready to tackle that paper.
2. Colleges offer great facilities.
While exercise at any age is a worthy goal, we college-age kids definitely have the
best advantage when it comes to equipment. Almost all colleges, even the smaller ones,
offer their students free access to a state of the art gym. Yes, I said free. Colleges
are constantly working hard to impress incoming students and their parents, and this
means they often spend lots of money to make sure their gym is retrofitted with the
latest machines and gadgets. My school is a great example. While it is a small public
university, it still has the best gym in three towns over. Not only do colleges offer
great gyms and machines (like stair steppers, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary
bikes and more) but many, especially larger schools, also offer a plethora of cool
exercise classes. Interested in yoga or jazzercise? There's a good chance you could
be jazzercising your heart out at your college gym. With so many different exercise
classes, college is the perfect time to experiment with such classes as aerobics,
step, Pilates and more. On a last note, most college gyms also willingly offer health
expertise. Student workers studying health and fitness may be available to work with
you on a personal exercise routine or diet plan. By the way, did I mention that all
these wonderful services are free, free, free? It's all there, so take advantage!
3. Duh! Exercise is great for your health!
I'm guessing that since I've had to sit through a hundred health class lectures on
the benefits of exercise, so have you. Well, guess what: it's true. Exercise is the
best way to keep yourself healthy and prevent many of the common diseases adults face
later in life. Your body IS a temple and the greatest asset you possess. It is beautiful,
fun and its health is absolutely imperative to living life to the fullest. Many of
the benefits of exercise are well known, but let's go over them one more time. Exercise
will: help you live longer, reduce your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and
some types of cancer, strengthen your bones, muscles, joints and immune system, and
much much more. Of course, exercise also combats obesity, which means those freshmen
fifteen will remain the stuff of horror stories as long as you exercise regularly.
4. Exercise makes you look great!
Regular exercise transforms your entire person, from your mind to your body. Not only
will you feel great if you exercise, you'll look it to. Exercising is the best way
to slim down, build muscle and create a leaner, sexier body. What freshmen fifteen?
The more muscles you build, the more calories you burn. That means exercise helps
you lose weight even when you're not exercising! Boys, imagine yourself not only less
stressed but also sporting washboard abs and bulging pecs. Girls can no doubt envision
the possibility of slimmer thighs and a well-toned rear. Not only will exercise help
you develop the self-esteem you need to ask out that cutie in Biology (maybe he or
she can help you with that paper), but you'll be looking so great he or she might
actually say yes!
5. College is the best time to develop great exercise habits!
Not only do college students often enjoy free access to great equipment, classes and
expertise, but there is no better time in your life to start (or restart) an exercise
habit. College represents the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. These
are your most formative years. By making exercise a regular habit now, you stand a
much better chance of continuing to exercise regularly as an adult. I say let's be
pumping iron when we're ninety. And those people that didn't exercise? Well, we'll
visit them in the nursing home as soon as we finish up our 5k runs.
In all seriousness, keeping your mind and body healthy is just as important as gaining
a strong education. For me, there have been many winter nights when the last thing
I wanted to do was plunge out into the cold to go work myself into an asthmatic fit,
but nothing beats that feeling of soreness and pride after a good workout. Exercising
makes me feel fit, alive and ready to tackle anything Shakespeare can throw at me.
I know that exercise will benefit and improve every part of your life no matter where
that philosophy major takes you. Attending college is a great way to guarantee a successful
future and so is committing yourself to a regular exercise plan.
So, if you've learned anything today it's that exercise is not something that should
be last on your to-do list. Exercise offers so many benefits it makes me wonder how
anyone could afford not to take a few laps around the track or sign up for some aerobics
classes. Exercise reduces stress, depression and anxiety while increasing self-esteem.
It could stave off obesity, diabetes, cancer and a whole bunch of other terrible diseases.
Exercise will also get you fit and fabulous just in time to meet all the new people
you'll be spending the next few years of your life with. The time to exercise is now!
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