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Why Exercise?
 

FIRSTLY, 
LET’S CONTINUE THE TREND!! :  Research has shown that Irish college students are more active than their peers in the general population!!!

The Student Activity and Sports Study (SASSI) Report in 2016, found that 71% of males & 58% of females were 'highly active,' a category deemed sufficiently active for good health. This compares to 56% for males (aged 15-24 years) and 34% for females (aged 15-24 years) in the general population, indicating significantly higher activity levels among college students.

So, why should YOU exercise?

As well as the usual health benefits that we hear about including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Reducing the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, back pain and cancers.

Physical activity can also improve our daily performance at University, not just academically but also socially.

Stimulates brain cell development: The Brain like all muscles and organs in the human body is a tissue and its function declines with underuse and age. Research has shown that exercise can slow and even reverse the brain’s physical decay.

Improves concentration and focus: Let’s face it, when it comes to studying and listening to long lectures, our concentration can sometimes dwindle. Regular exercise is highly correlated to marked improvements in students’ ability to concentrate and participate in class.

Improves memory retention: The hippocampus is the structure in the brain responsible for the formation, retention and recall of information & memories. Surprisingly, this can start to shrink when we are just in our 20’s, which may lead to memory loss. However, exercise has been shown to prevent this shrinkage and even promote regrowth.

Elevates your mood and relieves stress: College can be stressful at times, with students away from friends and family the first time and the large workload. This can lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression. Evidence suggests that exercise helps in relieving anxiety and offsets the negative effects of stress on the body. It has even been shown to be as powerful in elevating mood as a well-known anti-depressant medication.

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