Students should be encouraged to enroll in physical education courses every semester, join a campus sports club or attend the Student Recreation Center weekly.
Being physically active can motivate students to take care of their bodies now and into the future, and succeed in other areas of life.
Texas State is home to 27 different sport clubs encompassing all different levels of physical activity. Cycling, fencing, disc golf, rugby and ice hockey are just a few of the sports Bobcats can participate in through clubs. Texas State has a thriving athletic club community, and students should be sure to get involved. I know from personal experience how awesome participating in a sports club here can be—I recently joined the Texas State Tennis Club. If students do not want to join a club, however, there are other options to improve their physical fitness.
For example, the recreation center is a great resource for students who want to get in shape. Everything at the recreation center is indoors so students need not fear the heat. Among the facilities offered are an indoor track and pool, weight room and various courts. For students on the go, the recreation center even has computers and printers available. It would be a surprise if there were fewer than 200 students on a weekday evening. The costs for most activities at the recreation center are covered by student tuition, but even the few classes and activities requiring extra money for participation are still far from expensive. Rock climbing in the recreation center, for example, costs only $5 per session.
Another option students can pursue through the school is PFW courses. Although students entering fall 2013 and later are no longer required to take PFWs, the courses are still a fun, easy way for students to get fit and have fun. Many courses include extra components that can further enhance students’ experiences. For example, the backpacking PFW goes on an actual weekend backpacking trip.
Despite the many options available at Texas State, many students may have difficulty finding the motivation to work out or start a healthy routine on top of schoolwork and other responsibilities. Lack of motivation is one of the main reasons students do not work out more. Finding the inspiration to work out can be challenging, but once you find something or someone who motivates you, the rest comes naturally.
Being able to self-motivate is a skill that can play a big role in students’ lives—if you can force yourself to work out every morning you can achieve so much more during your day. Learning to find determination within will benefit students not only in working out and becoming more fit but also academically, socially and career-wise.
Medical or physical conflicts are the only valid reasons students have to not get active with so many resources surrounding them. Being physically active is good for students mentally and physically. Regular exercise can help prevent serious conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. It can help lower stress levels, something all college students could benefit from.
Students should make an effort to get active while they are on campus, whether that be through clubs, PFWs or by just going to the recreation center.