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Miss Ouachita Parish Opinion Column: How daily movement can improve your life

Leah Thompson
(L-R) Addison Duet and Emma Alleman take a walk to incorporate daily movement in their lives.

Being a college student is hard. Trying to find time for classes, homework, studying, extracurricular activities and a social life—all while attempting to get enough sleep—can feel impossible! As your fellow student, I understand the struggle. However, I do not want you to wrongly believe there is nothing you can do about it.

Throughout my four years of college, I have learned ways to ease stress and anxiety when school feels overwhelming, and I would love to share those things with you. Today I would like to talk about the importance of daily movement. Now, before you say, “What! I cannot possibly fit another thing into my day!’” hear me out, and you will see that moving your body is much more about creating space than taking up space.

Studies have shown that physical activity can boost energy and creativity, alleviate stress and anxiety by promoting the release of endorphins, improve cognitive function and concentration, boost mood and reduce symptoms of depression, combat fatigue and promote better sleep quality.

These are all benefits that we need for our well-being, not just as students, but as humans. How can you expect your brain to recall information and perform at its best for an exam when you haven’t slept long enough? If you make time for physical activity, you will sleep better, improve cognitive function and reduce stress which will lead to higher success in the classroom. If you make time for physical activity, you will release endorphins that improve your mood and creativity, which will make time with your friends more fun. So, by making time for physical activity, you are not taking up time in your day, but setting yourself up for success in every other aspect of your life.

I want to show you that physical activity is simple and achievable, not stressful or intimidating. Contrary to what we often see on social media, movement does not have to be intense exercise or mental strain. Instead, move in a way that feels great to you and makes you happy. Going on a 5-minute walk or taking a study break to go outside and take a few deep breaths are two examples of ways to easily add daily movement into your life.

This week I challenge you to take a 5-10 minute walk every day. Just this small, simple addition can unlock the benefits of physical activity and improve your quality of life. Give it a try and notice how it makes you feel better! I hope you will meet me back here weekly for more simple tips on incorporating daily movement for a healthier and happier you!

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