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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Balancing gym time with study time good for students

Joe Marchilena

There have been two times in my post-high school life where I’ve had access to a gym for free.

One was at an apartment complex where I lived, and maybe gym wasn’t the right word for it. ...

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There have been two times in my post-high school life where I’ve had access to a gym for free.

One was at an apartment complex where I lived, and maybe gym wasn’t the right word for it.

It wasn’t so much a gym as it was a room full of cardio machines right next to a room full of free weights and benches. In fact, if I had tripped and fallen while on the treadmill, I’m not even sure there was someone nearby to at least watch my struggle to get back up.

The other time was a lot different. It was when I was in college, and to say I had access to a gym back then would be like walking into a forest and saying there are a lot of trees here for me to climb.

As a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh, I had the ability to use what was probably somewhere around a dozen different gyms. There was the one in my dorm, and I’m sure there were several more just like it. There was another building that was about a 10 minute walk from my dorm that not only had a workout area in it, but also a basketball court.

And then there was the actual fitness building that housed a lot of the practice facilities for some of Pitt’s Olympic sports teams, like gymnastics, swimming, track and wrestling.

Outside of the two semesters I took a basketball class – it was exactly what it sounds like – I could probably count on my hands the number of times I used these free gyms without using all my fingers.

Why? That’s a good question. How about we pretend it was because I was so busy with my studies?

Maybe I should have gone to the gym a little more often than I was, um, hitting the books. A study done recently at Michigan State found that spending more time in the gym may help college freshmen and sophomores increase their GPA, and keep them in school longer.

A total of 4,843 freshmen and sophomores were involved in the study and the researchers compared the GPAs of those who had a membership to the fitness center and those who didn’t. For four straight semesters, students with a membership had a higher cumulative grade point average and had more completed credits after one year of college.

And the study also found that almost three-quarters (74 percent) of freshmen with a membership returned for their sophomore years, while 60 percent of non-members did the same.

Of course, as I’m sure we all know, having a gym membership doesn’t necessarily mean you’re using it.

Joe Marchilena writes a weekly fitness column for Hampshire Hills. To find out more information about the “90 Day Commit to Get Fit” program, call 603-673-7123 or e-mail hhinfo@hampshirehills.com.