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Entering into the new year, many people have grown accustomed to creating a “New Year’s Resolution.” According to, the top two resolutions of 2019 are to eat healthier and to exercise more.

Fitness and health are something many people strive to attain. However, staying consistent seems to be the biggest struggle. Out of the 60 percent of people who make resolutions, only eight percent stick with them, according to

The TWU Fitness & Recreation Center has come up with a program to try and keep students active. “Commit to Fit” started Jan. 23 and is a “6 week incentive program,” according to the TWU website. Students who work out 20 times at the TWU gym in six weeks will receive prizes. Sometimes, having an incentive can keep people on track.

Physical activity is something that not only makes humans stronger, but betters their health all around. Exercise is a natural mood booster, and students can combat feeling down in the dumps by heading to the gym to lift their spirits. Endorphins are released while exercising, which are the good hormones that help relieve stress, anxiety, depression and anger.

 Physical activity not only combats negative emotions but also helps with health in the long run. Those who actively keep up with exercise have a lower chance of dealing with high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. While exercise can help prevent many health issues, it can also help manage others, including “stroke, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type two diabetes, depression, anxiety, many types of cancer, arthritis and falls,”according to MayoClinic.

As hard as it is to sometimes get the energy to go to the gym, a good work out tends to give a boost of energy because exercise helps improve the cardiovascular system. Not only does exercise give a boost of energy, but it can also help improve sleep if not done too close to bedtime.

The TWU Fit & Rec is not just an open gym with weights and machines. There is a full basketball court where indoor volleyball and soccer can be played and a full rock wall that is free to TWU students, faculty and staff. There are Group X classes available for those who like to get their sweat on with others or personal training for those who need a little more structure. The gym’s hours are Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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