Half of College Students are Overweight
Study shows weight increases among twenty-year-olds
November 29, 2004 9:10 AM
With half of the U.S. college population considered overweight, many students are finding it difficult to workout while balancing academics. For many, hitting the conventional gym can become boring and routine. One SF State instructor has a workout alternative: aquatic fitness.
To help combat the war against flab, workout alternatives such as
SF State instructor Beth Kelley leads KIN 173: Aquatic Fitness on Tuesday
Kelley credits the increase of obesity to society’s “quick and easy” needs.
While some students may opt to take an aquatics class at a health club, Kelley
Mali Chipman, a liberal studies major, has never missed one of Kelley’s classes since the semester started. “I look forward to it,” said Chipman. “It’s effective. It’s increased my endurance, and I’ve built muscles.”
The majority of Kelley’s 50 students are female. There is less than
“That’s a high number,” said Kelley, referring to the number of male students. “Honestly, most male students (have) said, 'I didn’t know this would be a fun and great class.' The feedback has been great.”
Arnold Thomson, a graduate student, doesn’t think too much about the male-to-female ratio.
“It has never crossed my mind,” said Thomson as he stretched in the
One day, Kelley challenged her students to use a variety of props and
Normally, Kelley’s 55-minute class consists of a regular workout: warm-ups, stretching, cardiovascualr and strengthening movements, ending with a final stretch—all inside the pool. Earlier this week, Kelley asked her students if they noticed any physical changes since the semester started.
"My stomach's smaller," yelled one student. A variety of other replies soon followed, ranging from lost weight, smaller inner thighs to jeans fitting more loosely, experiencing less stress and sleeping comfortably at night.
According to the kinesiology department, aquatic fitness was last offered in
Of the 22 other CSU campuses, most offer similar aquatics classes such as aqua aerobics and swim fitness. Kelley plans to offer two sections of aquatic
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