The Impact of Exercise

The definition of exercise is “ a activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.” On average, the percentage of college students that exercise three to seven days is 18.2% and the percentage of students that do not exercise at all is 26.7%. We all know that without exercise it may not only impact our moods and health but also our GPA. As college students we all have become accustomed to the idea that we are too busy during college and that there is simply not enough time to make time to break a sweat. Lack of exercise can lead to a weakened immune system, increases weight gain and obesity, mental health issues, as well as the extremely important decreased academic performance. Stress in college students can affect the ability to concentrate and the brain is basically fighting against itself when the student is trying to get work done, but exercise is an extremely useful tool that can be used to combat this stress that college students feel too often. So even though it may seem like an easier idea to simply not hit the gym and spend your time maybe studying for an exam or hanging out with friends in the long run this will only do more harm to your body than good. Instead simply turn off your Netflix, get out of bed and try to get a group of friends to head to the gym with you or simply just spend time outside. I promise you that your body and your grades will thank you for it later.

In Sisterhood,

Karin O’Leary

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