The Best Form of Therapy

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Mercy students have easy access to workout equipment in our very own gymnasium.

Mercy students have easy access to workout equipment in our very own gymnasium.
Mercy students have easy access to workout equipment in our very own gymnasium.

The stresses of school are enough to pressure any sane Mercy girl.  With tests, quizzes, and off hours to cram in homework, the rush of the school day leaves almost everyone exhausted.

Many students have discovered the perfect way to unwind: going to the gym.

“I go to the gym at least twice a week,” said junior Taylor Babcock, “and I make an effort to stay active every day of the week.”

Some suggest that going to the gym is a very valuable source of stress relief and mental rejuvenation.  Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found exercise “increases your overall health and your sense of well-being.”  This is done through the boost of endorphins and the meditation found within the repetitive motions used in generally all forms of exercise.

“For me, it’s a way to cure the winter blues,” said senior Lindsay Hiser.

Hiser, like most citizens of the Mitten state, finds the winter to be a time of claustrophobia and indoor activity.  The temperatures have been drastically cold and leave many avid exercisers with fewer options.  Running outside, which is often the most common and basic form of exercise, seems impossible in the snow. Yet staying active not only helps escape the winter chill, it can also helps many students do better in school.

“Staying active makes it easier for me to start my homework, because I am focused,” said Hiser.

According to the U.S. News, students who were allowed to attend gym class before their main academic subjects achieved higher standardized test scores in math and reading.

“I do my homework after soccer practice,” Babcock said, “because I get it done quicker after working out.”

Going to the gym is not the only opportunity to stay active in the winter.

“My parents bought me a treadmill for Christmas,” Hiser said, “and I plan to use it every day after school to stay fit.”

For those who do not have fitness equipment available at home, gym memberships at places such as Planet Fitness cost only $10 a month.

Next time you’re stuck inside, consider visiting a local gym and getting started on your workout regimen.