Stress is a common problem among college students. There are many ways to deal with stress; one widely renowned way is working out.
While working out and building muscle, stress is released from ones body. There is a scientific explanation behind the stress-reducing benefits of working out; while you are working out you are chemically releasing endorphins, also known as happy hormones. Another way that stress is being released while working out is that concentrating on the various movements makes a person forget about other stressful issues in his or her life, which also helps decrease stress.
Salt Lake Community College students have the privilege of utilizing an on-site gym, free with a student ID. SLCC’s fully equipped gym is located in the Lifetime Activities Center (LAC). Aside from fitting in those skinny jeans, working out is very important to a person’s health and overall well-being, both emotionally and physically.
“I usually go and work out after doing hours of homework,” SLCC student Teresa Nekesi said. “I feel good about myself after working out and that makes me feel less stress.”
Just like Nekesi, student Roxana Cordova feels better after a gym visit.
“It makes me feel happier after working out, so therefore I feel less stress and more energized to continue with my day,” Cordova said.
Being physically fit has a lot of benefits; a lessened chance of having heart related health issues, more endurance, less stress and what some consider the best benefit of all – liking the way one looks.
Just like many other SLCC students, Gavin McCallister uses the school gym to work out, build muscle, stay in shape and also because it is free for students.
“[Working out is the] best stress reliever that I have,” McCallister said.
It is well known that the life of a college student is very hectic and can also be very stressful. Trying to balance life, school and work can be very difficult. Finding time to work out is a great way to relieve the stress that builds up day after day. No one ever suffered from less stress in his or her life.
The LAC gym is a convenient way for students to get their exercise, mostly because it’s located right on campus. According to McCallister, it is very rare for a person to not find an open machine to work out on.