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by Ben Smart

Three major benefits of exercise for college students

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If you’re experiencing mid-semester slump – this article is for you. Undeniably, motivation wanes as the semester wears on and responsibilities pile up. Keeping up an exercise routine, however, might be exactly what you need when your energy is low. Read on for three important reasons college students should incorporate exercise into their daily routine.

Reason #1: Maintain body weight 

Exercising burns calories, which can help to create a negative energy balance. Offset the balance by 3500 calories, and that’s 1 pound of body fat.

Reason #2: Reduce stress and anxiety

When you have a to-do list a mile long and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. Exercise, however, can act as a tranquilizer of sorts, helping to calm you down, according to Mayo Clinic, exercise helps your mood and mindset by working in several ways. First, exercise releases “happy” chemicals: certain neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids. Regular exercise also helps to reduce certain immune system chemicals that can leave our body in a heightened state of inflammation. Some studies even suggest that the increased body temperature from exercise could have a calming effect.

 Reason #3: Improved posture

Performing certain exercises of the shoulder and back can help to improve your posture over time. Movements such as shoulder rolls, chest release, pyramid, and chair pose are some moves that could help your back and spine.