Building A Student Body

Undergraduates in colleges across the country enjoy unrestricted use of exercise facilities, many of which rival the most well-equipped 'real world' gyms and fitness centers. But some students are much more likely to take advantage of this educational 'perk' than others. A study recently published in the Recreational Sports Journal found that these students were predominantly male, freshmen or sophomores, living on campus, involved with fraternities, and tended to have a lower body mass index.

The Bigger Picture: While the demographic characteristics of the typical gym user listed above may seem predictably in line with the image of a lean, muscular jock, one predictive indicator of campus exercise facilities stood out from the rest: The desire to change one's body weight. That's a situation many people in any age bracket can relate to, and a very good reason to exercise regularly.
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