Feel the Pressure to Work Out? Good.
By PJ Chandra
“As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.” “I’d strongly recommend that you don’t spend any less than three days per week in the weight room.” “It isn’t bad to work out every day?” Everyone has opinionated takes on how much to work out and what to focus on. We’ve always been told from a young age that working out, eating healthy, and getting a good night’s sleep is pivotal. Everyone has different routines: “Every time I go to the gym, I like to spend the first half-hour running on the treadmill. Then I move onto weights and machines. It’s a good balance between cardio and strength workouts,” sophomore Joe Kelly describes his daily routine at the gym.
“It’s hard to find the time to exercise as a college student sometimes because most of our schedules are so packed with classes, clubs, and activities, and homework, but it’s important to get into a regular routine when one is able to,” sophomore Nate White exclaims. Numerous studies show that going to the gym and working out for even 30 minutes a day can make a person feel better.
Junior Sara Shelton agrees with the common philosophy that there is a stigma around the peer-pressure of working out: “There’s an interesting social dynamic when it comes to exercise because on the one hand, if you work out too little you’re called out for being “lazy” or “unhealthy” but if you work out too much, people will think you’re trying hard to look physically attractive.”
What exactly are the workouts that some of our sports teams do here? Find out in two weeks time edition of #TheMove via some photos, videos, and other interesting tidbits as I attempt to follow some of our athletes through their workouts.