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Rec Sports helps students ‘Sweat the Stress’

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012

Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 01:12

The Sam Houston State University Rec Sports program is hosting Sweat the Stress week in which students are encouraged to partake in free exercise events to relieve the stress that comes with finals week. Sweat the Stress week started yesterday and will continue until Dec 12.

The Rec Center has been posting correlating evidence of exercise and good GPAs as well as low stress levels on their Facebook Page and around campus in support of Sweat the Stress. According to the NY Times, students who exercised regularly seven days a week had a .4 point higher GPAs than those who don’t.

Anna Ward, a freshman criminal justice major, advises students to take part in this free event on campus.

"Since I’m so stressed out, I’m just basically focusing on studying for my finals," said Ward. "If I did have time, I would definitely [participate in Sweat the Stress] to calm me down."

Melissa Fadler, Senior Assistant Director in Marketing and Promotions for Rec Sports, is the program coordinator for Sweat the Stress.

"One of the benefits of exercise and recreation is stress relief," said Fadler. "We thought it would be a great time to highlight our programs and help relieve stress from finals."

Yesterday’s events were an Aromatherapy Workshop at in the HKC and Intramural Horseshoe Tournament. Thursday’s events include free chair massages inside the Rec Sports Center Lounge at 4:00 PM, and then Vertical Happy Hour from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, when the Rec Center will hold free-of-charge Rockwall sessions inside the RSC Climbing Center.

This is Sweat the Stress’ inaugural semester, though its creators hopes to continue the tradition to help students at SHSU be the least stressful during finals week. Fadler said, "We hope to do this every finals week, planning activities for students to do to get their minds off of finals and get out and experience what we have to offer."

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