Drop the excuses, get to the gym

By Alicia Deily

There is always seems to be an excuse to skip the gym. This is especially true when school work intensifies during the middle of the semester. Some of the most common excuses students make to avoid exercise are: having too much work, being tired, needing a break, and the weather. In reality getting in a solid workout will help you to be even more productive, feel better and even sleep better. Next time that you feel yourself making an excuse to skip your workout, consider this list of exercise related benefits.

Exercise elevates your mood and relieves stress- We all know the working out is good for your physical health but it is also good for your mental health. Studies have shown that exercise reduce both depression and anxiety. Brain imaging studies show that exercise actually activates the front part of the brain and the hippocampus. Working out reduces stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. It also produces endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers and mood elevators.

Exercise can help you sleep- Do you ever have trouble falling asleep because you are stressed out or worried about the next day? Exercise can help you fall asleep faster and fall into a deeper sleep. It is actually being used as a treatment for insomnia. It has been reported that those who exercise on a regular sleep better than those who remain sedentary throughout the day. Getting a good nights sleep is essential for daily energy and even weight management.

Exercise will give you more energy- After a long day of classes and work, often the last thing students want to do is exercise. However, once you get to the gym, and finish your workout, you will likely have more energy than you did before. Even if you do a short aerobic workout, you will still gain the benefits. Researchers found that young adults who constantly complained about being tired were able to increase their energy simply by doing a 25 minute workout, 3 times a week. Anyone can fit that into their schedule.

During this stressful mid-semester time, the best thing that you can do for your body and your mind is to get to the gym. No more excuses!

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