A perk of being an epidemiology student is that you’ll always have more specific answers to the question “why should I exercise?” than “because it’s good for you.” I feel like we have been learning about ever more associations between exercise and good health outcomes on an almost daily basis this semester. Maybe you’ll agree then, that it’s a bit ironic that epidemiology as a profession tends to be such a sedentary one.
While it’s true that KI has a student gym, it’s unfortunately located in Huddinge (Andrew showed it to you here a little while ago), which is inconvenient for most students. Now that it has already started getting dark earlier and is therefore more difficult and unpleasant to exercise outside, it’s especially important to find viable alternatives to the KI student gym. Luckily, there are several such options. Other bloggers have already mentioned Friskis&Svettis, which is an inexpensive gym with multiple locations. However, I want to put in a good word for the Stockholm city gyms and swim halls. I have been a member since the beginning of this year and have absolutely loved going there several times a week with a friend from KI. If you buy an inexpensive student membership for one year (which you can cancel after six months if you aren’t staying for a whole year), you have unlimited access to the gym, group classes, and pools at 11 different locations throughout the city. For a little more, you can also access two additional pools, including the famous Erikdalsbadet, which is Sweden’s National Arena for swimming!
Regardless of whether you decide to sign up for a gym or figure out another way to keep moving, such as taking long walks or completing a workout video at home, keep in mind how much physical activity will enhance your life here in Sweden, especially during these colder, darker months. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you. 🙂