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Neil Armstrong said, “I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.” That used to be my favorite quote. I loved having my nose in a book, not running shoes on my feet. Then I discovered hidden treasures of knowledge about exercise. Now I am convinced that, busy as we are, students can’t afford not to exercise regularly.

In a recent study, daily exercise was shown to improve grade-point averages by 0.4. That’s huge! It could make the difference in getting into a professional program or receiving a scholarship.

Students who exercise are healthier. Those who exercise miss less school. Also, working out helps us avoid the freshman (or senior) fifteen. So for every Creamery visit, let’s take a jaunt around campus.

College life is busy. It can be hard to find time to ponder. Exercise is an excellent way to multi-task; students improve their health while getting some quiet time. On the flip side, classes like Zumba enable people to exercise and socialize.

Like eating broccoli, most people know that exercise is good for them; however, it can be easy to overlook when exams are looming or homework is piling up. Nevertheless, exercise is worth it. So the next time we see “jocks” training, let’s take a page from their playbook and run a lap with them.

Elizabeth Bingham
South Jordan, Utah

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