When you go to college, your goals probably include studying, passing exams and having a great social life. Unless you are a motivated fitness buff, keeping fit may be something that you would theoretically like to do, but it may not be at the top of your list of priorities. However, if you want to be successful at college, there are a number of ways that physical fitness can have a positive impact.
Your time at college is bound to have some anxious times; for example, when you first start and when you are facing exams. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports that regular participation in exercise can help with anxiety, because the endorphins produced from exercise can lessen stress, improve the mood and enable you to sleep better. It is unlikely that exercise will completely remove anxiety, but it should help you to cope with it in a much better way.
It is easy for college students to settle into an unhealthy way of life. No longer having meals cooked by parents and turning to the easiest options for eating can lead to an increase in weight and all the health problems that being overweight can bring. Exercise can help to combat an increase in weight and the chances are that once you see the benefits that exercise brings, you will start paying more attention to what you are putting into your body. Better health means more energy and with that, comes the urge to be successful.
Less time wasted
One of the best things about exercise is that it encourages people to get up in the morning and lessens the temptation to overdo drinks in the bar the evening before. If you gravitate towards the bar every evening, you are unlikely to feel like getting up in the morning, either to exercise or to do anything else. The chances are that if you are badly hungover, you may be out for the count for the rest of the day. However, if you get up and exercise, you will be energised and willing to tackle everything that the day has to offer.
Better concentration and memory
The Franklin Institute cites a number of studies that show both mental and physical stimulation is good for the brain. Even walking can have a positive impact on the brain; the University of California conducted an experiment on elderly women over an 8 year period and those who walked farther experienced less evidence of cognitive decline. Another study showed that participants who exercised more had better levels of concentration and memory. Students who exercise regularly are therefore more likely to be able to study efficiently.
Wider circle of friends
Physical fitness doesn’t just have an impact on your health and the way that you study, it can also widen your circle of friends. Joining a sports club, going to fitness classes or joining the gym will open up access to a variety of different people with whom you may not otherwise have come into contact. If you know a lot of people and you network efficiently, your chances of positive self-esteem and learning about opportunities that could lead to success are much higher. College is about more than just studying; sometimes the social aspects of your college life can give you the edge over another candidate who has the same qualifications.
Higher levels of confidence
If you feel and look good and are doing well in your studies, you are likely to have higher levels of confidence that a student who rarely exercises because they are too busy studying. Confidence is infectious; if you feel confident in one area of your life, it will overflow into other areas and this will show in the way that you carry yourself. Knowing that you are in good shape, you will walk tall and be noticed. Provided that you ensure your confidence is channelled towards studying as much as having fun, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be successful in everything that you do.
If you want to be successful in any aspect of your life, you need to be motivated. If your health is good, your self-esteem is high and you are doing well in your studies, then you are more likely to be motivated to push yourself onwards. When it comes to finding a job after college, you are more likely to put yourself forward for jobs that you may not have otherwise considered and, because you appear confident in interviews, you will convince potential employers that you have the necessary skills to do the job well.
If you want to be successful in college and after graduation, ensuring that you keep physically fit should be an important part of your lifestyle. You don’t need to be a member of the rowing team or go to the gym every day if you don’t want to; simply making sure that you walk as much as possible can be beneficial. Then you will look back on your college days and be grateful that you paid attention to your fitness levels.