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Some say that the college experience is made up of three things: school, social life, and sleep. The catch is, you have to pick two. The truth is, you can have all three; and there is a fourth practice that can help you get there – regular exercise. 

If you’re looking for apartments near Kent State University, look no further than Kent’s Best Apartments. Set yourself up for success by living within walking distance of campus in one of our newly renovated units. Our state-of-the-art fitness center makes it easy to stay healthy while you face the excitement and challenges of higher education. Below, we will discuss four ways that exercise can help you get the most out of your college experience.

1. Exercise Strengthens Your Immune System

When you work out, you pump blood through your body at a higher rate. This increased circulation spreads immune cells through your body and helps protect you from viruses and pathogens that threaten your health. This is especially important with the heightened threat of COVID. Simply put, exercising regularly (and safely) is an important and accessible way to bolster your immune system and prevent yourself from falling behind due to sick days. 

2. Exercise Helps You Make New Connections

This is one of the more subtle benefits of exercise, but it can profoundly affect your college experience. Taking pilates, HIIT, dance, yoga, swim or other exercise classes is a great way to meet new people that are outside of your normal social circle. Expanding your social network is extremely important while you are in college. The connections you make can lead you to job opportunities, new ways of thinking, and treasured relationships. At Kent’s Best Apartments, you can join a welcoming community of students in an environment that fosters academic success. Get in touch with us today to check out our available units!

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3. Exercise Relieves Stress 

College is an especially stressful time. As young adults, many are experiencing a level of responsibility, independence, and freedom that they have not had up to this point in their lives. Keeping up with your workload, meeting new people, and figuring out how to express yourself can be a daunting task. Even 30 minutes of exercise a day can do wonders for students by releasing endorphins and elevating serotonin levels that help improve mood, motivation and confidence. There are many types of stress – even students who are having a happy and successful college experience are enduring high stress levels that can be relieved by regular exercise. 

4. Exercise Improves Concentration and Focus

College is overwhelming for all students. There is so much to do, so many things that you can get involved in, and a high number of social distractions that can make sitting down and focusing on your schoolwork difficult. No matter what your major is, there is one thing that all students have in common – you have to get the work done and keep your grades up. Dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine are chemicals in your brain that improve your ability to focus, block out distractions, and concentrate on what you are doing. When you exercise, these chemicals are released in higher numbers, giving your concentration a boost. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to have this work in your favor; next time you are struggling with blocking out distractions, try taking a brisk walk or doing some jumping jacks before returning to your work. If you are a student at KSU and looking for a place to live, check out Kent’s Best Apartments. With apartments right next to campus, you can get your exercise in by walking to class or using the on-site fitness facilities at our Summit Hill and Whitehall Terrace locations to stay happy, healthy and focused. 

College is an exciting time, but it doesn’t come without stress, challenges, and hard work. Luckily, with the right tools and practices you can make the most out of your learning experience. Regular exercise can strengthen your immune system, relieve stress, help you make new connections and improve your concentration and focus. 

If you are a student attending Kent State University and you are looking for a place to live, give yourself the best chance to succeed by choosing a spot to call home. With newly renovated units, full kitchens, on-site gyms and laundry facilities, and controlled-access entry systems, you can’t beat Kent’s Best Apartments. Contact us to learn more about the best apartments near Kent State University!