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Sweat it Out: Why You Should Get Involved with Intramurals

Active male and female students leaving intramural Remember the good old days when gym class was an excuse to play games in the middle of the day? As an adult, you don’t get the luxury of participating in an organized gym class while receiving credit for it. Instead, you need to coordinate your fitness with your lectures, deadlines, work schedule, and social life. It can be tough to stay active while you’re a student, but it’s important that you make time for it, so what better way than to participate in intramurals? Here are 4 reasons why you should get involved.

1. Intramurals are Scheduled

Carving out time to go to the gym is difficult enough as it is, but what if the gym was only open for 1 hour each day? It would probably be easier to go since you could arrange your schedule beforehand. When fitness is made too flexible, it can be easy to put it off, but having a weekly commitment to your intramural team will help you to actually make sure you attend on a regular basis.

2. Body and Mind

By now, you know that an active lifestyle can do amazing things for the human body. A regular exercise routine can regulate your weight, lower cholesterol, and detoxify your body through sweating. Not only can physical activity benefit your body, but it can do wonderful things for your mind as well. Whether you’re looking for some stress relief or simply want to release some endorphins, intramurals will help to achieve this.

3. You Have Options

If you’re not great at volleyball, there’s a good chance you’re not going to want to play on that specific intramural team. The good news is that schools offer a lot of intramurals to participate in such as soccer, dodgeball, baseball, basketball, hockey, and many more. More importantly, many schools offer intramurals at different levels too! So, whether you’re looking for a more competitive experience or you simply want to enjoy being around people in an active setting, there is an activity and skill level for you.

4. New Friendships

Making friends as a student should be easy since you’re surrounded by people with common interests, but unfortunately it can be rather difficult to forge meaningful bonds with people when you’re so busy juggling everything. Fortunately, intramurals provide a time dedicated to fitness and fun with people whom are also looking for a break in their day as well. This is a carefree opportunity to just enjoy being around people while furthering your skills and bettering your health.

Taking the time to participate in activities you enjoy can be difficult, but it’s extremely important. Not only can intramurals benefit your overall well-being physically, but you’ll find yourself gaining stronger friendships, a healthier outlook on life, and not have to worry about forcing yourself to make time for the gym since the time will already be scheduled for you. Worried that you won’t be able to complete an assignment unless you skip your intramural? Check out our services and see what we can do to help.

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