There are many reasons to exercise and the younger we are when we get into the habit, the more likely we are to stick with it later into life. According to the NHS, exercise can reduce the risk of major illness (like heart disease, diabetes, cancer or stroke) by up to 50%. It can also reduce the risk of early death by as much as 30%.

As if that weren’t enough, exercise also works wonders for our mental health. It boosts self-esteem and acts as a mood improver and energizer. It even helps people sleep better. Perhaps the most exciting part of all, so far as those on a student budget is concerned, is that it can be done completely free of charge – you could burst into action with some star jumps right here and now if you so chose.

Exercise is also a great way to have some fun with friends and this is one of the drivers behind Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign. The national campaign celebrates active women across the country and is all about the taking part – it doesn’t matter what you look like or how sweaty you get – the campaign is about acceptance. Nobody looks good when they exercise, so forget your fears of judgment and get moving in whatever way you enjoy best!

Eri Cuanalo, Collegiate CEO, comments,

“Exercise is so important and it’s great to know that so many Collegiate students are joining in the This Girl Can campaign. Habits that you get into at university can stick with you for life and keeping fit as an important part of independent living is something that Collegiate is keen to promote. It’s why we have included gym facilities in as many of our properties as we can fit them in to!”

From badminton to zumba, This Girl Can is honoring the efforts of women across England as they get red faced in their efforts to stay in shape. Of course, those with an on site gym have an impressive head start, with the convenience of being able to exercise whenever they see fit.

“It’s important that university is about more than just academic pursuits,” concludes Eri. “It should be about exercising the body as well as the mind, as you need to be able to do both in order to achieve to your fullest potential.”

For more information on Collegiate’s student accommodation with gym facilities, call 01235 250 140 or email