While the existing fitness center at the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences is technologically advanced and gorgeous, it will become impractical starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Currently, the fitness room is often over crowded leaving students unoccupied and uninvolved. This issue will only worsen as the upcoming freshmen class of one hundred and eighty students begins their first year at the academy. To provide students with an opportunity to obtain holistic wellness, a Physical Fitness Center at the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences is necessary. In addition to the current fitness room equipments, the proposed center will offer two additional exercise facilities to STEM students, a swimming pool and a two hundred meter track. When used correctly, these two facilities require use of students’ entire bodies.
Health is defined by the World Health Organization as, “the state of optimal well-being,” (Caton, P.1). A student can only maintain optimal well-being if he or she has a balanced physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual life (Caton, P.1). All of these can be balanced with the aid of a Physical Fitness Center at the Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences (Caton, P.1). Students can improve their physique using the fitness equipment available now in addition to the proposed swimming pool and indoor track. Emotionally, students can release their anger through weight lifting activities or while running and swimming, transforming it to joy (Caton, P.1). Mentally, students can improve their attitude and work ethic (Caton, P.1). Spiritually, students can prove to themselves that their hard work will pay off (Caton, P.1).
One proposed addition to current fitness offerings is a two- hundred meter track in order to offer students adequate running space. Three groups of muscles are used while running (Mahoney, P.1). These are the primary, supporting, and auxiliary muscle groups (Mahoney, P.1). The primary muscles used while running are the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus Maximus, iliopsoas (hip flexors), and calves (Mahoney, P.1). The supporting muscles used while running are the biceps, upper abdominals, and lower abdominals (Mahoney, P.1). The auxiliary muscles used when running are the internal and external intercostals which help you breathe in and out (Mahoney, P.1). Since there are such a wide variety of muscles used when running, there are more benefits to a person besides staying in shape (Allen, P.1).
Running has immediate health benefits for students. Running is a natural medicine to those who take advantage of its healing powers (Allen, P.1). Studies show that running makes a person happier (Allen, P.1). Exercise in general takes the edge off of any bad day, but running specifically has power over a person’s anger or depression (Allen, P.1). Often at the STEM Academy, the rigorous curriculum gives students lot of stress (Allen, P.1). With a facility that contains an indoor track, students will be able to run and relieve...