The transition from school to college is drastic though it may seem that it is not. Peers get daunting, schedules go awry and the mess keeps getting messier. There is a constant unspoken pressure to look good and people tend to get conscious about the same. Fitness does play an important role in a college student’s life but they do tend to ignore following the necessary steps to achieve that.
I fleshed out a survey to know more about how important is fitness for college students and how are they achieving it. While most did exercise to some extent, they were not able to regulate other essential things like sleep, a balanced diet and a proper routine. Many admitted to skipping the most important meal that is breakfast and also relying more on junk food rather than nutritious food. Their irregular sleep pattern was due to multiple reasons like college work, watching Netflix, browsing social media or just staying up late with friends. Students who admitted to not exercise but wanted to listed reasons like hectic college schedule and laziness.
So what can colleges do?
Just spreading awareness doesn’t create the desired impact on students. Maybe inclusion of a subject like physical education in the course structure would be more impactful and beneficial for the students. There is no denying that a healthy student’s productivity is more and far better than a student who is not fit. In today’s world where junk food is the ultimate attraction and constitutes maximum consumption, we are in dire need of emphasis to be laid on health and fitness. Fitness is much more than six pack abs and no belly fat. It is the overall well-being of that person. Healthy food can also be turned into something tempting and delicious. Colleges should work on providing food that doesn’t compromise on taste and also provides the essential nutrition. Occasional consumption of junk food has no harm either.
Sleep deprivation, stress, unhealthy food habits, laziness etc. all amount to a student’s lack of concentration in class, fatigue and low immunity. We need a change for our own good. It’s never too late so all the college students don’t let unhealthy habits drain you out, grab your shoes and run a mile. Make that extra effort that will make you a happier person and will change you into a more energetic and healthy person. Some lifestyle changes can help you feel good about yourself and your surroundings. Let the morning sun rays touch your skin, breathe in the fresh air and sweat it out. You regret some changes, but these I assure you won’t count as regrets.