Everyone has that one friend who’s OBSESSED with going to the gym every day. They usually invite you, and then make some smart-ass comment when you inevitably turn them down. You think they’re kind of an asshole, they think you’re lazy. Guess what? Your friend may be right about going to the gym! According to a study conducted by the Michigan State University Department of Kinesiology, getting regular exercise might be the best thing you can do for your struggling GPA. James Pivarnik, professor of kinesiology and epidemiology, and doctoral student Samantha Danbert worked with several colleagues to analyze information from 4,843 college freshmen and sophomores. What they found was that, over the course of 4-semesters, the students who had gym memberships had a cumulative GPA 0.13 points higher than their peers. Yeah I know, it’s not THAT much higher, but it is the difference between getting into a highly selective major, or being able to get into grad school further down the line. They also found that “74 percent of freshmen with memberships went on to successfully earn sophomore status, compared to just 60 percent in the nonmember group.” So, the next time your friend comes into your dorm room to suggest a trip to the gym...Maybe, you DO even gym bro!? 



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