Physical Activity Helps Stress

by bszab1 on November 5, 2013 - 2:53pm

When students make a transfer in their lives from adolescence to adulthood, it tends to be a very stressful part of their lives. They start to learn about themselves, are given more freedom than they know what to do with, and are also given a lot more responsibilities with that freedom. These can all be stressful events. Studies show that when students come to college they become less active than they used to be. The most active students tend to me males and athletes. Being physically active is something that lowers your stress levels, and because not a lot of students are physically active, a lot of college students are more stressed out.  Physical activity can also help a student’s metal heath status; such as their mood, self-esteem, and anxiety levels, and stress levels (Vankim 2013). Multiple studies were performed on this theory by Nguyen-Michel and his colleagues at multiple settings such as private universities, state universities, and community colleges (Vankim 2013).

The most important information in this article is that physical activity is something that will benefit a college student in more than one way. There were 750 randomly selected students that were sent out an email to participate in the study (Vankim 2013). In the email there questionnaire questions that were asked to students. The majority of respondents were females between the age of 18 and 20 years old. In The results of Nguyen-Michel’s studies showed that students that were vigorously physically active in high school were more likely to be active in college. The amount of socializing between students was high for both male and female students.  Also people who reported to have high physical activity, were less likely to report poor mental health. Studies showed that Asian students, female students, and students with class II obesity and significantly higher odds of poor mental health and higher stress levels than male students, white students, and normal-weight students (Vankim 2013). All of these studies have shown that there is so many positive effects that come out of being physically active at least four times a day. It’s amazing that more college students aren’t taking the time to exercise at least 20 minutes a day to receive all of these benefits.

 

 

VanKim, N. A., & Nelson, T. F. (2013). Vigorous Physical Activity, Mental Health, Perceived Stress, and Socializing Among College Students. American Journal Of Health Promotion, 28(1), 7-15. doi:10.4278/ajhp.111101-QUAN-395

Comments

I think this topic should be expressed around to all colleges because I think we can all agree that college is very stressful. Between all of your classes, homework, and exams you have so much to do and you’re busy all the time. I think if there is a solution to help relieve that some of that stress people should be doing it. I agree that it will get rid of some of that stress because when go to the gym all of the stuff you need to think about goes away. The gym is a place where you can just get away from it all and benefit your health while your relieving stress. I think the littlest thing can help and if you just manage your time right you will have plenty of time to go to the gym and work out.

I completely agree! Being physically active is very important. I personally am a big advocate for working out and having a healthy life style. Working out isn’t just something you do, it has to be made an everyday habit that you look forward to. I can relate very well to this post. Since being in college I’ve found that I feel my best when I work out every day. When I go a few days without going to the gym I certainly don’t feel like I am at my 100%. It not only helps me physically but also mentally. As you have said in your post, physical activity is a great stress reliever, and for me that has definitely proven to be true. There is nothing better than sweating out all the impurities in your life.

I can totally relate to your post. I’m constantly overwhelmed with stress and physical activity always makes me feel better. If a have a ton of homework or a major paper to write for a class there isn’t anything I rather to relive stress than to workout. While I’m at the gym I forget about school and focus all my energy to having a good workout. I feel more focused to do my assignments after working out. Although I am physically tried I feel mentally stimulated. I find it very interesting that the males are the majority that partakes in physical activity. When I go to the gym I see a good amount of males and females. I also find it interesting that it only takes 20 minutes to start seeing the positive effects of physical activity. We should all try to take 20 minutes out of our day to try to relive stress because it will defiantly be worth it in the long run.

This is a very interesting topic that is many times shunned or not spoken about, especially in the United States. Obesity, being one of the major health risks in America should be publicized way more then it is currently. I think it’s interesting that students who were active in high school are more likely to be active in college. I agree that the transition into college, especially for freshman is extremely hard and therefore the stress factor can allow students to steer away from physical activity. I know that personally, as a freshman, I always save two hours of the day for my personal well-being. Whether I run or go to the gym, I always make time for some sort of physical activity. As a result, I always feel better about my image and my stress levels. I noticed that where I live, when my friends return home from college, it is apparent that they drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or do not properly diet, or simply don’t participate in any physical activity. Ultimately, I think this is a social problem that definitely needs to be expressed on a global scale.

This is a very interesting topic that is many times shunned or not spoken about, especially in the United States. Obesity, being one of the major health risks in America should be publicized way more then it is currently. I think it’s interesting that students who were active in high school are more likely to be active in college. I agree that the transition into college, especially for freshman is extremely hard and therefore the stress factor can allow students to steer away from physical activity. I know that personally, as a freshman, I always save two hours of the day for my personal well-being. Whether I run or go to the gym, I always make time for some sort of physical activity. As a result, I always feel better about my image and my stress levels. I noticed that where I live, when my friends return home from college, it is apparent that they drink excessive amounts of alcohol, or do not properly diet, or simply don’t participate in any physical activity. Ultimately, I think this is a social problem that definitely needs to be expressed on a global scale.

I believe and agree with the fact that exercise helps you relieve stress. By my own experiences when worried about assignments that are coming up to due quickly, just taking a little time out of the day to exercise and work out causes me to feel much more relaxed after and feel better about myself. I don't know if it’s just me but after a workout I feel like I can accomplish anything because I feel so good about myself and refreshed. Exercising flushes out all of your emotions and high anxiety and gives you with a rewarding feeling you should feel proud about. I think that it is important for all college students, especially freshman who are learning to adjust to life on their own and much harder work, to take some time out of their day even if its just 10-20 minutes to work out and relieve stress. it will help them relax and also keep them fit! I believe it is a win-win situation. Also, along with relieving stress it is important to keep up with exercise to make sure you don't gain those extra not needed pounds! Being stressed can cause you to eat a lot more, and can also cause depression and anxiety.

I agree with this article because it highlights valid points that many people do not think about. Typically the view for teens undergoing stress is that they are doing too much or need to cut back, but this research dictates being active is more beneficial. As a student athlete, it is much easier to focus on school work and manage your time when your excess energy and endorphins are left on the field. Given this physical activity it makes you feel better about yourself and reduces stress as said in this post. If only more specifics were given for what specifically can be improved by the physical activity, this argument would be much more compelling. Knowing why an individual should go out of their way to exercise and be active is essential when trying to appeal to those who do not already do this. I found this blog to be extremely interesting, I would recommend that if more specifics were given than those who read this would be much more willing to give an active life style a chance.

This message should be spread in all colleges, to push youth to do more work out! I can also understand people that don't have the time to be active anymore when they go in upper levels of studies. In my case, I used to be really active, I used to do about 10 hours of sport per week, and now I practically don't do any of it anymore. I just don't have the time! But I'd like to do more of it, even just for my health!
And I think it's true that it helps stress, so it's a good and healthy way for students to evacuate their stress, but they need to have the time to do it.
Great subject!

I feel everyone should make it a point to set aside some time to get a work out in! Though we some days are too busy you can always quickly do 25 crunches before bed. Since coming to college exercise has been one of the most important parts of my day because it helps me get rid of all my anxiety and stress! Besides, who wants that freshman fifteen!?

What caught my attention to your article was the title and after reading this, I agree about how physical activity can help keep our stress levels down. When I was in high school, I didn’t work out at all and I would always find myself stressed out with the heavy work load. Since my time here at Brockport, I have been going to the gym more often. Just as what is mention in your article, taking at least a few minutes out of the day can make a different. Since I have been doing more physical activities such as going to the gym, dance class, and participating in a dance club, I am able to not only keep my weight down but also, lower my stress levels. It’s important to keep the stress level down in college because the classes are harder and the assignments are more time consuming. This issue should be addressed more not only in colleges but as well as on a global scale because the little physical activities can make a different in an individual life.

I strongly agree with your article. Being a college student, stress has heavily increased coming from high school. There is much more and much harder work. The weeks where I go to the gym consistently I am much more academically active, doing my work much more. It reduces stress and gives more energy to do work. This issue should be spread to not just college students, but to everyone to show how much exercise cannot only help physically but mentally to.

I couldn't agree more with what you said here! I believe exercise does help relieve stress. Being a college student rings a lot of stress into a kids life and they need some outlet for this stressful life. If you are working out it also gives you more energy than if you did not work out. You don't have to go for a long time but an hour or so will help you relieve that stress. I think that colleges really should make it a point that being physically active will help everyone with stress.

I can relate to this article. In high school after a long stressful day of school I always either had a sports practice or worked out, which always seemed to help relieve my stress. After reading this article it all makes sense to me how I always felt so much better after doing some type of physical activity. Now that I am in college I still try to find time to exercise. The time that I find to be best for me is in between doing homework because it is a break for me that gets my mind off of my work and also relieves my stress. I can also understand how it depends on the person that participates in physical activity once they reach college. For me it doesn't feel normal if I don't exercise at least a little bit during the week because I am so used to it from playing sports. Your point about people that are obese or females not exercising makes sense because they were probably lazy in high school, so they tend to not change when they go to college.

Exercise is so important! Since I have come to college i have been afraid of gaining the "freshman fifteen" and becoming an inactive college student. In high school I played three sports season every year, for four years. It made such a difference in my mental sanity dealing with school and friends, and it taught me many life lessons dealing with team work and sacrifice for a common goal. I realize not everyone could be on a sports team in college, but exercising just a little bit every day could make a student feel more motivated and better about themselves and their body. More college students need to be aware of the effects that exercise can have on their overall college experience and health.

Speaking from personal experience, daily exercise truly does decrease the amount of stress i feel through out the day. This is a very informative article that all college students should be aware of. It is common for college students to not be active and exercise daily because they are so busy with school work and such. It can be very hard handling all the stresses of school, friends, sports, parents, and many students relieve their stress through substance abuse. Exercise is a positive, healthy way of relieving stress.

I completely agree that exercise is a great way to relieve the stresses in college, even if you don't think you have time for it. I'm not one for going to the gym and running on a treadmill for miles, but there are so many ways that you can exercise. I channel all my stress into swimming, spending even an hour in the pool makes me feel so much better and always puts me in a better mood. But even if it's walking across your campus a couple times a day, or walking into town, something is always better than nothing. College is definitely a stressful time, and because there is so much to do and so much to be a part of, people don't pay attention as much to what they are eating either. Usually women focus more on what they put into their bodies in the first place, rather than have to worry about working it off. Worrying about gaining weight in college is definitely something that stresses people out, sometimes before they even arrive on campus. But setting aside time for a physical activity can help a person handle everything else in their life a little better.

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