By Cori Osterman

Not only does exercise benefit a person’s physical well-being, but mental health is also greatly impacted by fitness, according to numerous research studies.

College students at Western Michigan University have access to group fitness classes at the Student Recreation Center to help with stress management.

“Attending group fitness classes does help with my daily stress,” said WMU sophomore Megan Baldry. “For 45 minutes, I get to just walk into the studio and forget about everything else on my plate. It is the biggest relief.”

The classes offered include Zumba and CycleFit, in both of which participants are led through the exercises and encouraged to reach their goals both in school and life. Class instructors strive to create an environment where students feel safe and welcomed.



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