The Importance Of Exercise In College Students

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Any four-year college student will share with you the emotional turmoil and stress that each and every student here in the United States faces every day. With grades or GPA becoming ever more prominent as a measure of intelligence, students face stresses to compete with one another for perfection. These stresses eat away at some students, while other strive under them. Health can play a role in these stresses. Exercise has been shown, even in as small amounts as 30 minutes a day, to relieve stress and improve brain activity. Exercise is a beneficial piece to a 4-year college student in the Untied State’s life. Exercise can improve socialization, allow for reduced perceived stress, and create better mental health. “Interventions aiming to improve …show more content…
Many students will use the excuse that they are too busy to exercise. Others would rather drink their problems away. Regardless, the problem upon this country is a dire one. “Weight gain occurs in college students threatening optimal weight maintenance. Physical activity is fundamental to preventing disease. College students incur multiple challenges in weight management” (VanKim, 2016). The same article goes on to state that nearly 70 percent of United States adults are either overweight or obese. An epidemic is upon this country and something needs to be done. This starts in college with eating whatever one likes and being too busy to work out. Physical activity is vital to preventing diseases, reducing stress, and creating better mental …show more content…
Genetics is some piece to it. Genetics do influence weight and also how you handle stress in some cases. There are environmental factors, as well. If not raised to be active or to deal with stress by eating, or something similar, then a college student is well adapted in those ways and is less likely to handle stress by exercising. Factors in the physical environment can also be looked at. For example, the accessibility to fast food on campus is a large factor. Allowing students easy access to fast food creates a problem of convenience. Many college students are pushed for time so when given a fast option that allows for greasy food to cure their stress, many will choose that. Also, the accessibility to the fitness facility is key. Allowing easy access to healthy food and a place to work out contributes to allow students to be healthier. Social environment can also have a large influence. If a student is placed around other students with good tie management, who enjoy spending down time at the gym, then their roommates or classmates are likely to follow. If a student is surrounded by binge drinkers or stress eaters, then that person is less likely to make it to the

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