Get moving! As a college student life routinely gets extremely hectic and stressful. As assignments pile up, taking care of physical health gets lower on the list of priorities. Quick, cheap, and generally processed foods become saving graces while physical activity gets pushed to the back burner. The “freshman fifteen” (the first-year college student gaining fifteen pounds) starts turning into a reality. Generally, when a college student sees that beautiful free space in their crazy schedule they take that time to veg out with the T.V or to scroll through social media. Over time, this can weigh heavily on physical health with an overall “icky” feeling. This can be gastrointestinal issues, lower self- image, lack of sleep, or getting sick more often. Mental health tends to slip as well with an increase in depression and anxiety.

Making time for your physical and mental health is essential for an overall well-being. It is recommended that adults get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity each day. Whether it is hitting the gym with a buddy, riding your bike, or choosing to walk instead of drive, there are plenty of ways to get your body moving. This is especially important in the overloaded life of a college student. Here are some potential benefits:

Physical:

  • Heart Health
  • Respiratory Health
  • Minimizes Joint Pain
  • Strengthens Muscles
  • Strengthens Immune System
  • Leads to a better night’s sleep

Mental:

  • Increase in positive self-image
  • Stress Relief
  • Social Outlet
  • A healthy way to release emotions
  • A way to give your mind a “break” from thinking of daily life by focusing on the physical task at hand
  • A way to let your mind naturally “wonder” (this can be especially helpful when thinking through an assignment or challenging life decision!)

     

  • Contributed Leigha Russell, Life Skills Coach at Northwest College Support