Posted by: lindseychristine | October 29, 2009

Drop the Books and Take a Break. “Just Do It!”

It boggles my mind when working out at the gym to see several students reading textbooks while exercising on machines like bikes, ellipticals, and treadmills. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to see students so invested in their education. However, the gym should be the one place where students should completely “escape” the stresses that come with schoolwork and clear their minds from the strains of a challenging college workload.

Stress and anxiety pertaining to schoolwork and our personal lives causes 68 percent of students to toss and turn in their beds and keep them up each night, according to an August report by Medical News Today.

It’s certainly no secret that the majority of college students consistently experience some level of stress in their everyday lives. You may not be able to run away from studying for that biology exam or writing your 10 page research paper, but you can run off the stresses that come with a demanding academic lifestyle on a treadmill.


Many would argue that “milk does the body good,” as does working out. Of course exercising surely improves one’s physical health, but hitting the gym for college students to revamp mental health is a must.

“Exercise time is a great time to get in touch with your inner feelings such as anger, anxiety, fear, sadness or worry. If you feel any emotion that is burdening you, exercise sessions can be a perfect opportunity to release feelings and find peace,” reported nursetogther. I couldn’t of said it better myself. It’s true, students should surely focus their workout sessions on gaining a sense of rejuvenation rather than on that diagram of the brain for the psychology exam.

imagesThere’s a time and place for everything. Studying and reading textbooks at the gym simply does not seem appropriate in such setting. If you give your brain a break and replenish your energy at the gym, you are more likely to be more concentrated later on after a workout.


Obama hits up the court to work off all the stress that comes with living in the White House

If Obama is able to drop everything he’s doing to run the U.S., you should feel more than able to leave your books and study guides behind in your backpack for that library visit later on. Am I right? After all, you deserve that time for yourself.



  1. The gym and schoolwork are things that I feel like are tasks that I need to get done before I move on to social activities with friends. This is why I feel like studying for my bio exam while on the treadmill is hitting two birds with one stone. Instead of spending an hour at the gym and an hour with my head in the books I find it far more efficient to combine the two and leave the extra hour to watch Gossip Girl or hit the dairy bar with my roomie!

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