By Christina Martinez
College students have found new, innovative ways to make working out a more enjoyable experience on campus.
The terms exercise and working out may sound like a chore or inconvenience to some, but many students have come to look forward to their workouts and living a healthy lifestyle on campus.
“There are so many different appealing ways for students to choose to get moving now compared to 15 years ago. The popularity of tracking exercise and sharing it through social media has inspired people to become more creative with the activities they are using to stay healthy,” says Director of Mattioli Recreation Center, Jillian Harper.
A rise in influential body builders on social media has become the inspiration for many students to exercise more and achieve their fitness goals by people like Jessica Arevalo or Bradley Martyn.
Student Destiny Washington says, “I love coming to the rec and working out with a group of people. I like working out my core the most when I come here.”
The Rec Center offers a variety of ways for students to become physically active by using weights, fitness groups and personal training, a tennis area and so much more.
According to campusmindworks.org, “There is strong evidence that regular physical activity reduces health risks and lessens the symptoms associated with some common chronic mental health disorders.”
The site offers awareness and helpful information on the benefits of exercise specifically geared towards college students.
The staff at the Rec Center seem to be eager and willing to inspire and encourage students to be physically active.
Harper states, “Getting in a routine can be really difficult. Once you start feeling the results and living a healthier lifestyle, the benefits all become worth the time and energy it takes just to get started.”
For more information on times and hours at the Mattioli Rec Center you can visit their website, http://quantum.esu.edu/recreation_center/.
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