Students don't get time for the gym

By admin
09 November 2011

Long hours sitting in lectures, in the library and in front of the computer make it tricky to find time to exercise.

A UNISA survey found that 54% of students didn’t practise vigorous physical activity on three of the seven days per week.

Black students, the survey said, were significantly more likely to participate in moderate physical activities than white students.

Gym personnel at the University of Stellenbosch and University Of Cape Town give a different and more positive view of the students, at least in their respective universities.

Gustav Venter, Marketing Manager of the Stellenbosch University Sport Performance Institute (SUSPI) says there are approximately 15% (3400) students currently using the university’s gymnasium.

At the University of Cape Town, gym manager Frans Mamabolo says, in general, students are healthy - however he was concerned that more males than female students are using the gym.

Luckily at Stellenbosch this is not the case: Venter says it is tied at 50/50 as far as the number of male and female users is concerned.

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