Gym with vim

Feeling stressed? I know I am.

With all the work that needs to be done at this time of year, it’s hard to find time to take a step back from it all and relax. Keeping up with readings, taking detailed notes, writing lengthy lab reports and studying for tests and midterms can be all consuming.

And honestly, who isn’t thinking about the impending doom of finals?

Around this time of the year, it’s nearly impossible to find a place to study in Stauffer. Everyone is stressed out of their minds.

It’s of paramount importance to find a way to relieve the stress caused by all of this evil schoolwork.

For some people this means watching a movie, playing a videogame or maybe even going for a walk.

For me it’s hitting the gym—nothing relieves stress like a good ol’ workout.

The gym is my fortress of solitude. It’s my utopia where I can forget all about the importance of t-tests for hypothesis testing in statistics and why an independent assortment of chromosomes leads to increased biodiversity in ecosystems.

Once my earphones are put in and the music starts bumpin’, I’ve officially detached myself from the stressors of academics and have entered the wonderful world of getting jacked!

From destroying your abdominals with crunches, to tearing your pectorals from the bench-press (and everything in between), the entire process leaves your body sore in places you didn’t even know existed.

This ubiquitously sore feeling shouldn’t deter you from the gym; in fact, it should make you more eager to visit! After a long day of class there is nothing that I look forward to more than ripping my muscles to shreds at the ARC.

There is something extraordinary about working-out and spending time on yourself.

Hitting the gym is a great way to relieve stress (whether it be academically related or not), but that isn’t the only reason to work up a sweat.

It also raises self-esteem and makes you happier in general—and seriously, who doesn’t like being happy? I sure hope the answer to this question is unanimous!

Exercise has been a relatively recent addition to my life, but its importance has quickly taken root.

Staying in shape and going to the gym is just one of the ways you can deal with your stress.

If sweating buckets and hurting all over isn’t your thing, then by all means, watch that movie, play that video game and give that walk your all!

Just know that when you’re stressed about the eight assignments you have due next week and the upcoming test that’s worth 50 per cent of your grade, the gym will always be there to welcome you with open and muscular arms.

Turn up regularly enough and we’ll probably cross paths—feel free to throw me a wave.

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