Campus Gymnasium Offers Students Free Workout, Way to Fight Stress

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 9:40 PM
Campus Gymnasium Offers Students Free Workout, Way to Fight Stress by William Stevens
The Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s gym is available for current students, faculty, staff and alumni to use. Students can use the facility free of charge.

According to The American Institute of Stress, some of the symptoms of stress on the body include frequent headaches, jaw clenching, pain, gritting or grinding your teeth, insomnia and difficulty concentrating.

So what can students do to help them combat stress while they are busy with school?

One option that is readily available on the Edinboro University campus is the fitness center, located in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center. It is open Monday to Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“There’s cardio and resistance and weightlifting equipment, and there are aerobic classes and other types of exercise classes at the U.C.,” Chairperson of the Health and Physical Education Department, Laura Miller said.

“We used to offer wellness activity classes… but they got cut out of the gen-ed curriculum about three or four years ago.”

Now this does not mean that classes are not available for students who would like to use them. Fitness classes are available in the student center for students who wish to try Zumba or other activities.

If the class times are inconvenient, students can just use the fitness center when they have time. And as a perk for students who attend the university and have a valid student ID, the fitness center is free. Students don’t have to pay an additional fee to use the fitness center. If they choose to use the fitness center, faculty, staff and alumni pay $75 and $37.50 per semester, respectively.

According to helpguide.org, people who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them a sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves.

The article went on to say there are ways to move that don’t involve the gym. The authors say you can clean your house, wash the car, tend to the yard/garden, mow the lawn with a push mower, bike, walk, use the stairs, jog, go to the beach and do so many more things. There are always options for people of any age to ensure they’re moving.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, physical activity, whether that’s working out or just going for a walk, reduces stress. They performed a poll and 14 percent of people make use of regular exercise to cope with stress while others reported talking to friends or family (18 percent), sleeping (17 percent), watching movies or TV (14 percent), as well as eating (14 percent) and listening to music (13 percent). The article went on to say that exercise may be the one most recommended by health care professionals.

“The importance is that it (fitness) keeps you healthier and prolongs your life overall,” Miller said.

“The top leading killers of Americans are heart disease, cancer…stroke, lung disease… type 2 diabetes.”

“You’re much less likely to have a heart attack in your 50s if you’re fit; if you’re destined to through genetics…you’ll have it in your 70s or prevent it all together.”

“It keeps your weight in check; you feel stronger, you are stronger and for a lot of people being fit… physically translates into feeling [the same way] emotionally and mentally. You feel more capable and more in control of your life. It’s a great stress reliever,” she said.

But college student have exams, papers and other assignments. How can students find time to go to the gym?

“The number one reason why Americans say they don’t exercise is they don’t have time,” Miller said. “But the vast majority of people that don’t have time to work out, make time to watch four hours of television or four hours of [using the] Internet…for most people it’s not a matter of ‘I don’t have time’, it’s ‘I’m not… making time.’”

William Stevens is the Campus Life Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at campuslife.spectator@gmail.com.

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