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Healthy Living: What does Goucher have against exercise?

Dani Meir-Levi

Staff Writer

Am I the only one who likes the feeling after an insane run? Am I the only one who finds exercising and lifting to be the one time of the day where I don’t have to think? Am I the only one who is bothered by the decreasing hours in the SRC? It’s amazing that I find myself now having to join LA Fitness, which is not only inconvenient, but is also a financial hindrance. In this day and age, it is so blatantly obvious how important exercise is to one’s daily routine. In college specifically, exercise is vital.

    A recent study at Tufts University found that students who said they exercised at least 3 days a week were more likely to report a better state of physical health and greater happiness than those who didn’t exercise. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that people get at least 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity most days of the week. The Institute of Medicine has proven that exercise can significantly improve cognitive abilities, academic performance, as well as health. If science and medicine are recognizing the importance of healthy living, why is Goucher limiting it?

    Health and wellness is one of the most fundamental and critical issues on college campuses. Between the lack of sleep and heavy amounts of stress, Goucher should be promoting the idea of a healthy life. The decreased hours restricts students in the time they have to exercise. Not to mention the fact that the SRC has been noticeably more crowded due to the shortened hours.

    Time is one thing that a student never wants to waste. We all have a specific time in our day that doesn’t involve studying, doing homework, watching Netflix, or eating almond butter with a spoon (or maybe

that’s just me). My point is that everyone has a different schedule. For the athletic department to significantly decrease the hours of the gym is extremely inconsiderate to the student body. If it’s a cost issue, it would be a better idea if some money were to go towards increasing the hours of the SRC instead of wasting it on random 24 mile per hour signs along the road. For those of you who are lost without your daily run, lift, or occasional visit to the SRC, I will be starting a petition to have the hours better suited to students’ needs. Let’s make Goucher a healthy campus!

New SRC Hours

This Semester:

Monday-Friday:

9am-9pm

Saturday-Sunday:

Noon-9pm

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