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Staying in shape is a great idea

October 1, 2010

The United States has become obese and the main cause of this problem is fast food and not exercising.  The rate for obesity in the United States is 15 percent. With these numbers increasing every year it makes me realize how much people do not exercise.

 Exercising at our age is a very important aspect because if we don’t start now then we never will. Exercising in college helps to keep away from the problem that many freshmen in college might face called, “The Freshman 15.” When a freshman enters college they are more likely to gain this 15 pounds or more because they don’t eat right and because they aren’t as active as they were in high school or don’t exercise at all. This is also caused by late night snacking because you are up late studying and doing homework. Another reason students are gaining weight in college is because of the excessive amounts of alcohol and junk food they consume each weekend. 

For me, exercise can release stress, helps me feel better when I’m sick, and just makes me feel good about myself. When I’ve had a stressful day, I go for a run and take all my anger out on the sidewalk. With built up stress it can be hard to concentrate and you begin to lose interest in your homework and studying. In return you start to do badly in classes. If I didn’t exercise on a regular basis, I would be extremely stressed out.

Exercise also releases endorphins, which make you happy. So by exercising you become a happier person that everyone wants to be around. Endorphins are also known as the natural pain and stress relievers.

Monmouth College students who would agree with my statement of the importance of exercise would be fellow athletes. Junior Jon Welty, who is an active member of the Fighting Scots cross-country and track and field teams said, “Exercise is important because it is a vital part of one’s life. Exercise is something that everyone’s body needs, although each person’s body needs varying degrees of exercise. It helps sustain one’s mental self as well as physical. Exercise is a physiological need.”

Monmouth College students have no excuse not to exercise because the Trotter Fitness Center provides a great resource for exercise. There are multiple treadmills, elliptical, and bikes, along with many weight training machines. The Huff Center also offers an indoor track and pool which are of easy access to every student.

The school also provides many intramural sports for everyone to join. There isn’t a good excuse to not exercise, people just don’t do it.

Exercising can be fun and make you feel great about yourself if you make a routine of it. Grab a friend and head to the Huff and start getting in shape today.

Co-Sports Editor

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