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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at TAMU chapter.

My freshman self would have never imagined she’d be working out consistently at any point in college, much less walking to Polo to complete said workouts at 7am in the morning. (To say I’ve shocked myself would be a severe understatement, but I owe this commitment to my trusty, disciplined roommate.) With that being said, I encourage you to check out several reasons why working out on campus might not be such a terrible idea.

  • It’s practically free (not really, but you get the gist)
    • In all seriousness, most on-campus gyms and recreational centers are technically included in your tuition, so take advantage of that prepaid, limited-time-only option while it lasts.
  • High quality equipment
    • I don’t know about other universities, but A&M definitely likes to invest in their newly furnished facilities, and let me tell you, Polo Road Rec Center is far (literal light years away) from lacking. From the expansive functional training space to the latest-model StairMaster machines, this on-campus gym has it all.
  • Finding your routine
    • College is THE time to figure out so many things, including what works best for your body and your fitness goals; use this environment to try different workouts or test out certain equipment.
  • Meeting like-minded (and similar-aged) people
    • Once you start hitting the gym, you’d be surprised at how many students you’ll see before that 8:00am class period, and to top it off, they’re pretty consistent with their “attendance.” Why not take this chance to make some new acquaintances?
  • Strengthening gym buddy accountability
    • Finally (and what I’ve enjoyed the most), having someone to motivate you to drag yourself out of bed hours before the sun rises is simply priceless; in college, it’s naturally difficult to find time or incentive to work out, but riding it out with a fellow student (or roommate!) can make all the difference.  
Sarayu Malireddy is a writer for the Her Campus chapter of Texas A&M University. In addition to reviewing books, film, and other entertainment, she dedicates the majority of her pieces to detailing personal and academic experiences. She looks forward to using her writing to capture often-overlooked stories and to highlight marginalized voices within her campus network and local community. Outside of her experience with Her Campus, Sarayu serves as a leading officer of a community service organization and volunteers as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. An avid wellness advocate, she recently joined Mental Health Collaborative, a nonprofit, to help with marketing and outreach in efforts to destigmatize and improve access to essential mental health care. She has also conducted research in various scientific disciplines, and after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from TAMU, Sarayu hopes to continue this passion and contribute to advancements in the field of medicine both in professional school and beyond. When she's not browsing for thrillers and 90s rom-coms on Netflix with her roommates, she's probably downing green tea or espresso shots or trying to make the perfect omelet. She adores blasting classical music during almost any solo car ride and is always ready for a quick game of table tennis... or normal tennis.