WB at LB: Why Getting Fit is Worth it

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You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good?  From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, exercise can improve your life.

Want to feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life? Just exercise.

The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. Everyone benefits from exercise, regardless of age, sex, or physical ability.

Here at LBCC there are a number of great ways you can get fit and receive those awesome benefits – for example, you can:

  • Take an activity class – what better way to break up your academics?  There are so many options to choose from; there IS a class just right for you.
  • Drop in the weight room during “open gym” hours every school day Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Use the Wellness Trail – Located west of the Activity Center, the trail is covered with mulch and makes a nice easy stroll or run around the campus grounds.

Need more convincing to get moving? Check out these other ways exercise can lead to a happier, healthier you.

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A gym session or brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Struggling to snooze? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to hit the hay.

Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it!

Column by Richard Gibbs

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