You know why? Because college kids have access to some of the best gym facilities!
One of the many hats I wear in the real world is serving as the program coordinator for a small faith based private school in Dallas, TX. This past weekend I helped one of our recent high school graduates move into his dorm and register for classes. As we drove around the campus, I got a glimpse of their gym facility, which was about a ten minute walk from his new dorm room. Oh, how I wish I had a state of the art gym facility within walking distance of my house that did not take an automatic payment out of my account each month.
I began to think about my days as an undergraduate at the University of New Orleans (Uneaux!). Parts of it I miss and other parts I am soooo glad Facebook and camera phones were not around to capture the straight up hot-messed-ness my friends and I got into. Anywho, I also thought about the awesome gym facility I had access and how often I DID NOT take advantage of it. I went to the gym sporadically. It was usually when I had absolutely nothing to do. The weather outside had to be great and working out during the week I got my hair done was totally out of the question. Yes, I used to be one of those ladies.
Needless to imply, my views towards working out is totally different now. I highly encourage the college kids that I mentor to watch what they eat and develop a workout schedule. The truth of the matter is our society is not getting any healthier. When mentoring youth, I make it a point to promote academic excellence and health awareness.
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed that 17% of children are obese. It is predicted that over half of the American population will be obese in 2030. Why do I share these stats? Because in some correlating way, I feel the college gym can be the gateway to out of shape kids getting in shape before they enter Corporate America or entrepreneurship. Building a solid workout regimen in college can set the tone for a person’s health for the rest of their life. Why not experiment with all of the fancy exercise equipment and group exercises classes to see what suits your fancy.
So listen up college kids! You need to hit the gym and you need to hit it hard because the statistics are not in your favor.
To all of the college grads that are reading this, did you go to the gym during undergrad? What’s your alma mater and what was your normal workout regimen?
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
Monisha Randolph is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach and the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha or to purchase a copy of her book please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Feel free to follow her on Twitter and join her Fan Community on Facebook.