Fitness in College

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Sunshine and Summertime

Filed under: Uncategorized — Courtney Goodnight at 9:39 pm on Sunday, March 25, 2012

 

 

Personally, I am really getting tired of hearing excuses around campus. I have overheard many conversations along the lines of “I can’t go with you [to the gym] gym tonight, finals are coming up soon.” Right, they are…in a month. And even so, that’s no reason to not take thirty minutes out of our days to head to the gym. Even jogging, it only takes 15 minutes to run a mile. A few days ago, I was at the gym and saw a girl there in one of those metal knee braces and a cast on her foot/ankle. She was lifting weights using the arm machines. If she can get to the gym in her spare time to work out, why can’t the rest of campus?

It’s getting really warm outside- finally. I know we’re all tired of the yo-yo weather (so are our poor immune systems). But with the warm weather comes oodles of fun outdoor activities we can all participate in. I know that working out in the gym is almost never fun, so lets pretend we don’t have a gym at our disposal right now. If it’s bright and sunny, gather friends and head to Iler field. It’s begging you to come play Ulimate Frisbee or a couple games of soccer with everyone. There are plenty of games and activities to play outside. Plus, they have the added benefit of exercise.

I know that days seem shorter and shorter even though the opposite is true. But homework can wait for an hour while we play an outdoor game with friends, or even still head to the gym. Don’t get on Facebook or Twitter for those extra few minutes you have, especially if it’s bright and sunny outside. Or warm and perfect after dark. Don’t forget sunscreen during the days though.

 

 

 

More on eating right.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Courtney Goodnight at 11:33 pm on Sunday, March 4, 2012

Not only is it hard to find time to get to the gym at college, apparently its also hard to find well cooked food in the dining halls. Being physically fit isn’t just about exercising 3-5 times a week, so why is it that dining halls are almost always lacking in the health department? While the school does do a good job in putting a good selection of healthy foods out, they aren’t properly cooked. Steaming veggies is by far the tastiest, best way to bring out their flavors and still keep their nutrients. However, that does not mean steam the life and color out of them. Its understandable that it might get harder during rush times, but I still don’t think that’s an excuse for the poor effort being put into the cooking. As a paying customer, I’d like to see an improvement. But in the meanwhile, I’ll stick to salads at D-Hall and try my own hand at cooking at home.

Eating right is really, really hard to do. Most of us would rather have pizza and fries for dinner over veggies and a lean protein. At least, when it come to the dining hall. However, there are other options. If you don’t have a kitchen, then there really isn’t much to be done. If you do have access to a kitchen and cookware, making a healthy dinner is as easy as 1-2-3.  For around $20 or less you can cook a hearty meal for two. I know a lot of college students don’t have income, but if they use that $20 they do have to make one homemade meal per week instead of ordering a pizza or buying alcohol, they are already headed in the right direction.

There is another problem: alcohol consumption among college students. According to the CDC, more than 40% of college students have engaged in binge (5 or more drinks in a row for a man, 4 or more for a woman) drinking within the last two weeks. No doubt that after drinking, or during, those students are also eating junk food that’s lying around at a party. What they might not realize is how many calories are in one drink. Or they might, but choose to ignore it for a night of fun, which is okay every now and again, but this happens every weekend in some cases. If exercise is done throughout the week, weight gain might not occur but its still likely and just exercising isn’t going to help anyone get fit. Here is a calculator to tell how many calories in the drinks consumed: http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/collegestudents/calculator/alcoholcalc.aspx

 

For those of us who need a little help figuring out what to eat, my plate is always a good place to start: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

 

A healthy meal for under $20: Grilled or boiled chicken breast, steamed carrots and green beans (both fresh) and brown rice.