Forget the untied shoe laces, only wearing one backpack strap, your wheely bookbag and hall monitors from elementary school. Those old school favorites are in the past and should stay there (definitely the wheely book bag, that thing was weird) but it is about time we brought back a staple from our elementary school days, gym class! Working out everyday is a vital ingredient to a healthy lifestyle and should be apart of every person’s daily routine. Just 30 mins of exercise a day can make a huge impact on an individual’s life. Let’s take a look at the benefits you probably didn’t realize you receive from working out daily….

  • Stress Relief

Exercise also increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. So go ahead and get sweaty — working out can reduce stressand boost the body’s ability to deal with existing mental tension.

  • More happy brain chemicals

Just watch this and you’ll understand…

  • Improved confidence

This one should be obvious. You’re working out, of course it’s going to make you feel better!

  • Nature!

GO OUTSIDE! Get some Vitamin D and take a walk around your neighborhood or a local park

  • Stay smarter longer

Working out prevents cognitive decline, yup thats a thing. Read this to understand more but basically working out helps boost the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent hippocampus degeneration

  • It’s like a stress ball for your whole body


  • Get Smart

Apparently cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells! Studies suggest that a tough workout increases levels of a brain-derived protein (known as BDNF) in the body, believed to help with decision making, higher thinking, and learning.

  • GetterDone

Research shows that workers who take time for exercise on a regular basis are more productive and have more energy than their more sedentary peers

  • You’re the next Picasso

Not only will your body be more healthy but so will your mind.  A heart-pumping gym session can boost creativity for up totwo hours afterwards 

While it may seem like this list is unrealistic and exercising could never really make you into the next Picasso it is true that daily exercise has many benefits for your mental and physical health. There’s a reason gym class is required all throughout your lower schooling and it’s a real shame that as a society we seem to forget those benefits once we become “adults”. So I say it’s time we take a step back and learn from our elementary school friends and just work out. As Nike would say, “Just Do It.”

Check out more great reasons to work out here.


8 comments on “SWEAT!

  1. I like this idea… I think that companies should start this, maybe just give an hour a day to exercising or playing a sport. I know I’d love to play some pick up basketball before my lunch break hah.

  2. You mean like Bucknell would schedule all the faculty for 30 minutes a day at set times? Because I don’t get my 30 minutes and it is not from lack of access or opportunity. I think i would literally need the threat of getting in trouble to force me to change habits that preclude gym class…

    Also, sort of, I know for us “old folks” it can sometimes be a little weird to be in the locker rooms with our students or potential students…

    • I think a good point your comment shows is that your habits is what stops you from working out daily. I think this is the problem. Our society doesn’t make working out a habit for most people and in my opinion that’s a problem. There are so many health and social benefits that come from exercise that its a real shame that working out isn’t apart of more people’s habits.

  3. I agree that working out is a lifestyle decision that may be hard for some people to start if they don’t do it already. I like the idea of encouraging people to be active, but it’s tough to change at later ages. The NFL does a good job with its Play 60 program to encourage kids to develop the workout lifestyle at a young age and make it a habit.

  4. I think this is an excellent idea, and promoting general health is always a good thing. Working out, getting a sweat going, and staying flexible and fit definitely improves how you feel and what you are capable of mentally as well as physically. Implementing exercise into everyones schedule would not only provide public health benefits on a wide scale, but help promote a healthy community while facilitating exercise and fitness as well.

  5. I like your idea. Working out is a great study or work break and it can relieve stress and take your mind off work for a while. It would probably even make people more productive in other areas of their lives. I also like how you laid out your post with the bullet points of the many advantages of working out.

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