Why Should High School and College Students Exercise?
Written by Srobs
Besides the obvious of weight loss and muscle gain, there are many other benefits of exercising.
1. Guess who’s getting that A?
You! Exercising improves brain performance. At one school, student’s problem-solving skills increased by 10% solely by walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes!
2. Reduces PMS
Ladies we all know it’s true, CRAMPS SUCK. You might feel like all you can do is curl up in a ball with a heating pad, but studies show that exercise helps because it increases blood circulation.
3. Reduces stress
Finals, SATs, and AP Exams are coming up and you just don’t know how you can handle it all; on top of your part-time job and clubs. An hour a day three days a week will actually help, and not waste the time that you could use studying. Exercising pumps up your endorphins (a feel-good neurotransmitters).
4. Chances of a cold decreases by half
The only benefit of getting sick is getting to miss school…in high school (in college you’ll bring a box a tissues, medicine, cough drops, and a bottle of orange juice to every lecture). But guess what?! Studies show that people who don’t regularly exercise are half more likely to catch a cold than people who do regularly exercise. The components of your immune system are more likely to find an illness before it spreads because the components become better circulated by increasing circulation and blood flow via exercise.
5. Reduces diseases
I know the last thing that most teens and young adult think about are diseases that will affect you when you’re old. The one thing I took away from my high school Health teacher was “it are the decisions that you make now that will affect you later in life.” I promised myself that I will start working out the fall of my freshman year in college, not to gain muscle but to prevent diseases. In fact, Jordan Metzl, M.D., calls exercise “a miracle drug that prevents almost every illness, is 100 percent effective, and has very few side effects.”
6. BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Face it, we need it in this harsh society judges that on how we look. Having that body that you always wanted will make you eager to stunt that beach bod down the beach.
a. Who doesn’t love sleep? But who also has trouble falling asleep at night? Exercising improves sleep quality and duration by reducing your stress and draining you.
8. Helps depression
Getting up and exercising may feel like the last thing you want to do when you’re depressed. But exercising helps depression by releasing feel-good brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids).
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