Six Reasons To Start Exercising Today 2

DumbbellMany college students do not realize the importance exercise. Although they may have a vague, nagging feeling that they should exercise, the lack of certain benefits make it easier for them to forget this activity.

To help college students gain a better understanding of the usefulness of exercise, I have compiled this list of six ways that physical exertion can help a student.

Reduce Stress

Many college students can feel stressed by the increased busyness that college brings. In addition to the busyness of normal academic work, many debt-free students work part-time or even full-time.

Because of this sudden lack of free time and the press of new responsibilities, college students can easily become too stressed. If this stress is not properly managed, it can damage their health, lower their grades, and possibly even lead to college burnout!

Thankfully, one excellent way to manage stress can be found in old-fashioned physical work. Fitting exercise into your schedule can help you diffuse excess stress.

Study Better

In addition to lowering stress levels, exercise can also help you study more quickly and effectively. Long study periods can overwhelm your mind and make it frustrating to try to absorb information.

As if slow learning is not bad enough, study completed under these difficult conditions is often useless in the long term because the facts learned were not properly stored in your long-term memory.

Happily, this difficult problem can be easily solved by a little exercise. Next time you feel like your brain is filled to capacity, take a break and jog around the block. This brief period of exercise will clear your mind and prepare it for more information.

Improve Overall Health

Besides the mental help, exercise also will help improve your overall health. A student who exercises regularly will be less likely to experience sudden strange aches and pains.

Notice, the keyword is “regularly”. If you are not used to physical work, you could actually injure yourself by instantly launching into an intensive workout routine.

Start in slow and continue with regularity.

Avoid the “Freshman 15”

Because of the large availability of junk or fast food, many college students struggle with weight problems.

In fact, so many college freshmen struggle with this problem that the term “Freshman 15” has actually been coined to refer to the fifteen pounds that so many students gain in their first year.

Besides the obvious (but difficult) strategy of abstaining from fatty foods, weight-conscious students can also combat this problem by exercising.

Improve Your Mood

Partially because of the lower stress and partially because of a chemical process, physical exercise can also help your mood.

Whether you are feeling sad, frustrated, or worried, you will often find that exercise will help lighten your attitude and make you happier.

So, next time you feel unhappy, test this by engaging in a little physical exertion.

Combat Disease

In the long-term, physical exercise can help you combat or even prevent many dangerous diseases.

For instance, according to the Mayo Clinic, physical exercise helps you battle heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and many more.

Invest in your future by exercising today!

How have you profited from exercise?

2 thoughts on “Six Reasons To Start Exercising Today

  1. Reply Arjun Muralidharan (TheProductiveStudent.com) Jan 1,2010 1:32 AM

    Great post, Nate!

    I’m hitting the gym again on January 4th and have set a twelve-week goal of losing 10 pounds. Will report over at my blog as it goes along. I truly believe that good health will directly translate to better grades (through many factors as more stamina, therefore more time and energy to study, etc.).

  2. Reply al May 31,2012 2:40 AM

    I think this is right. I probably should get more exercise.

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