February 22, 2013
Losing weight, working out consistently, eating healthy foods, spending less money and making sure to floss are all very popular New Year's resolutions. Ever since the calendar struck January every magazine features some new way to help you drop pounds, clothing stores move their workout gear to the front entrance and every other commercial is about some new diet pill that will transform your body. Instead of feeding into these traps and fads that set you up for failure (whether it is with your... Read More
February 13, 2013
As I was sitting in my apartment, cooped up during the crazy snowstorm we had this weekend here in Durham and I started thinking about how I can get a workout without having to trek across campus to the gym. I also did not have the tools to ski or snowshoe, so how could I exercise at all? Weightwatchers came up with an awesome workout called “The Snow-Day Workout” that anybody, of all ages can do, and the great part of this is that you will have no idea you are working out at all!
Playing in... Read More
December 10, 2012
to stay in shape. As college students, we are committed to our education and
clubs, and we want to spare some time for fun too. Even when we find the spare minutes to fit in
some physical activity, it’s incredibly easy to come up with any excuse not to
work out. It’s cold, it’s early, it’s
raining, my knee hurts… Well, you know. The list goes on. But what if your
workout was actually fun, and you were surrounded by your friends the whole
time? That’s one reason why group fitness... Read More
May 16, 2012
Whatever the reason may be for people to start a workout regiment, we all have one thing in common when being at the gym; we all want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, many people hold different beliefs regarding the benefits on the gym and it is very important to be able to differentiate fact from myth. Luckily, CNN’s Madison Park recently published an article examining the ten common myths when it comes to working out. Not only does she state the multitude of different myths, but she... Read More
April 27, 2012
It’s the final stretch—seasonal jobs and internships are lined up, summer courses are registered for, perhaps a road trip is planned… Summer is right around the corner, and there’s just one maybe-not-so-little thing standing in your way: final papers, exams, and projects to complete. You’ve worked so hard all semester and this is it! It is apparent that everyone on campus is in the same boat, as the library is packed with so many students, it can be hard to find a seat.
This time of year, it is... Read More
April 13, 2012
The physical benefits of exercise are commonly known, such as weight control, cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance. However, studies show that although exercise is a physical activity, it has an effect on our mental state as well. A study conducted at the University of Haifa International School found that exercise reduces depression and burnout rates. The study analyzed 1,632 Israeli workers through questionnaires and follow up appointments over the course of nine years. The... Read More
March 14, 2012
The World Health Organization defines health as “physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Too often, this holistic view is forgotten. The interdependence of all aspects of health is important when creating wellness programs.
Manadnock Family Services, a non-profit, comprehensive, community mental health service in Peterborough, NH, recognizes the important connection between physical and mental health through their In SHAPE program. Launched... Read More
March 12, 2012
While running, we repetitively hit our feet against the pavement, one in front of the other. Lots of times, our brain runs as well, thinking about your current to do list, a conversation earlier in the day, how you’re breathing, what music is playing, but do you ever stop to think about just how your moving your feet? It is almost like breathing, you don’t think about each breath in and out, it just happens, but a recent study from Harvard University is saying we should be making a conscious... Read More
February 24, 2012
During the past few years, there has been some controversy regarding the benefits we gain from stretching before and after exercise. Luckily, Laura Schwecher, a writer for the Huffington Post uses her findings from scientific based evidence to bust some of the famous myths that surround gyms and other fitness centers around the nation. So, the jury is out and if you’re anything like myself, prepare to be shocked by some of these new findings.
Firstly, stretching doesn’t prevent injury nor does... Read More
February 9, 2012
Let’s face it: a great pair of high heels is stylish and they really do complete an outfit. However, the reality is that the foot was not designed to be in permanent arched position while walking. The effect that high heels have on the body was examined in a study done by researchers at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Nine women were selected who had worn high heels for at least 40 hours a week for at least 2 years, as well as a control group of 10 women who rarely wore heels... Read More