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Study Shows Exercise Good for Body and Mind

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Working out is not only good for your body, but also your brainpower! A new study at The Ohio State University shows that students who participated in Office of Student Life's Recreational Sports group fitness classes or intramural sports have slightly higher GPAs than students who did not participate. 

Research indicated that students who participated in group fitness classes at least once during the academic year had cumulative GPAs that were higher by 0.18 than students who never participated. The study also shows that students who participated in intramural sports at least once during the academic year had cumulative GPAs that were higher by 0.17 than students who never participated. Out of the total Ohio State population, 5.1% of undergraduates, 4.3% of graduate students and 6.4% of professional students participated in group fitness classes. 5.4% of undergraduates, 1.5% of graduate students and 4.0% of professional students participated in intramural sports. 

 

Group Fitness Users

Intramural Sports Users

Student Employees

Ohio State Population

Mean Cumulative GPA

3.41

3.23

3.30

3.16

Total

2,898

2,665

127

57,926

Note: Mean cumulative GPA excludes medical students.

"These results show good evidence that Student Life plays a role in students' academic success," said Dr. Don Stenta, Ohio State's Recreational Sports Director, who is very pleased with the results of the study. Ohio State Rec Sports continues to have a positive impact on students' lives by providing them with opportunities to succeed.

This study was conducted by the Student Life's Center for the Study at Ohio State and examined student participation in group fitness or intramural sports during the 2013-2014 academic year. The study compared demographics of students who worked at Rec Sports or participated in group fitness classes or intramural sports programs to the overall Ohio State student population. Participation was measured by number of swipes on BuckIDs.

The Department of Recreational Sports has the mission of engaging the university community in physical and wellness activities by offering members an extraordinary experience to live active and meaningful lives. Programs and services include group fitness, aquatics, adventure trips, intramural sports, massage therapy, personal training, and many other activities. They also have award winning indoor and outdoor facilities, including five indoor locations and more than 90 acres of outdoor space.

More information about how to get involved with Student Life Recreational Sports, and live a life in motion, is available online.

 

 

Contact:

Dave Isaacs
614-292-8424
isaacs.84@osu.edu