Ask any college student and they will tell you, their day consists of waking up early to go to class, studying for exams, and trying to fit in as much sleep as possible.
Unfortunately, some students are so burned out during the course of the semester, they usually don’t fit in time for the gym like they may have in high school.
“I am embarrassed by my lack of time in the gym,” says Jeff Cooper, who is currently a student in the hospitality management program at SAIT.
“I used to play lots of sports in high school, like football, basketball, and rugby.
“Now with my school workload, working part time at a restaurant to gain experience, I find that I only have maybe two days off a week if I’m lucky,” says Cooper.
With SAIT including athletic facility memberships in tuition packages, students should be encouraged to make use of facilities.
The student gym offers many cardio machines, rows of dumbbells, and a squat rack to help work off those big holiday meals. Staff often provides fruit, water and snacks to those exiting the gym, as an added incentive.
“I love having a gym on campus,” says Julia Moore who is in the legal assistant program.
Being from Red Deer, Moore has no ties to the city of Calgary and lives on campus in residence.
“I don’t have any family here, so when I’m done my school for the day I put on my running shoes and head to the gym. I don’t have any commitments to a part time job at the moment, so I try to take advantage of the free time I have.
“With the gym just a short walk from my dorm, I really don’t have any excuses to not go,” says Moore.
“I really do appreciate the staff offering us healthy choices once leaving, they make me understand that being healthy is not just going to the gym, it’s about eating better and making better choices when I’m not running.”
Moore thinks the school should consider offering a course that involves the class going to the gym and working out as a group just like they do in elementary, junior high, and high school.
This will help encourage students to release the remote and hit the gym.
“I think that would be a great idea for all students to do,” says Moore.
“I wish I could tell all of my fellow students that after a day of going to class, studying then running to finish the off the night I am so mentally and physically tired I sleep like a baby.”