Lecture halls, libraries, computer desks, and cafeterias, all have something in common. These are the places the average college students spends most of their time. The downside to all these locations, students are most often sitting down.
Hours of studying breaks a mental sweat, but that needs to be balanced with breaking a sweat from physical exercise.
"Health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes the mind strong." -Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson said it right, a strong body makes a strong mind. Don't let your body fall by the wayside while your brain does all the work.
College is challenging and at times just down right not enjoyable due to the amount of studying and school work involved. Rather than drowning in stress, make time in your weekly routine to add exercise.
According to KidsHealth.org, a multi-year study by researchers at Tufts University found that students who said they exercised at least 3 days a week were more likely to report a better state of physical health and greater happiness than those who didn't exercise. This along with other evidence suggests that the real benefits of exercise may not come right after a workout but from a longer commitment to regular activity.
Maintain an active lifestyle
Don't know where or how to start? Chances are your campus has free or low cost recreation facilities and opportunities. Here are a few activities to consider:
- Work out at the gym
- Sign up for yoga or other offered fitness classes
- Hit the road, or the trails
- Head to the courts (tennis, basketball, etc.)
- Take a hike
- Join an intramural team or club
- Bike or walk to school
- Take the stairs to your residence hall and academic buildings
- Park on the far side of campus
- Walk around, stretch, or march in place during study breaks
Don't be afraid to ask your Residence Assistant in your dorm or other mentors on campus about fun opportunities to be active. My freshman RA loved to show us karate moves after dinner and she also took us swimming on the Penobscot River.