I Know Why Students Jog

By Vic Odarve

Every Thursday morning at 7 am! It’s a jogging time. Security people check the girl’s and boy’s hostels if somebody are still on their rooms or quarters. All must leave their rooms and join the weekly jogging. It is a minimum 3-km run affair; that is all students have to jog at least 3 kilometers in an oval playground. Around 5000 students must join the jogging as part of their school fitness program. This is integrating physical activity into the school curriculum. Sound body means sound mind!

Students jogging at Caritas University , Enugu State, Nigeria, Africa

Students jogging at Caritas University, Enugu State, Nigeria, Africa

This is the picture of the student’s life at Caritas University, Enugu State, Nigeria. Uniquely African way of life! We seldom saw thousands of students lined up once a week for the jogging activity in a university. After few minutes of an important announcement, the game started by stretching exercises evidently to loosen their muscles prior jogging proper.

Jogging is a slow pace running and virtually all the students can do it. Some do it to get in shape, stay fit, and have fun. But most participants do it for fun, indeed, imagining themselves to be one of the thousand students doing a circuitous route in a campus playground. And they enjoy themselves! Their faces show a thousand smiles! This is also a part of their social activity and camaraderie.

The school, on the other hand, believes that regular exercise enhances the student’s mental well-being along with their physical health. In fact, numerous studies indicate that student’s achievement and physical fitness are positively related. Jogging also increases life span and reduces an aging effect, fights obesity and high cholesterol level, and improves study level concentrations.

Thus, the school teaches the students the importance of physical fitness, incorporate regular exercise as part of their lives, and jogging as the main exercise. In this way, students are kept fit, active, and healthy.

Seeing thousand of faces smiling as these students jogging their way along the university oval playground of Caritas University is something to behold. This is a fun run for a cause in some part of the world!

Now I know why these students jog!

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