September 15, 2020
Exploring The Beautiful Mountains Of New Hampshire
The brisk air, breath-taking views, and good times! Hiking is an awesome activity to do this fall, especially when physically distancing due to the Coronavirus. Hiking is a great way to get exercise without having to be at the gym or going for a run on the road. It’s also a way to break a sweat without breaking the bank! A short 2-hour drive can bring you right to hundreds of free trails in northern New Hampshire.
Here are some great trails,... Read More
September 2, 2020
Skin Protection This Summer
While the hottest months of summer may have passed, it is still important to remember to use sunscreen. Many doctors recommend everyday use of sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging. If you walk into any drugstore though, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all of the different types of sunscreen. To help narrow down your choices, here is some information and answers to common questions about sun protection:
UVA vs. UVB: There are two... Read More
August 14, 2020
Workout Of The Week
This week, I went far out of my comfort zone and tried dance workouts. I’ll preface this article by saying I am not a dancer; I’ve never even done a Zumba class before. That aside, I chose a style of workouts combining dance moves with exercises set to popular music.
Dancing has many health benefits: it’s a great way to improve your cardiovascular health, balance, and strength. It challenges your brain, improving coordination, agility, and memory. Dancing is even proven to... Read More
August 5, 2020
Workout Of The Week
In this second installment of the workout of the week, I moved away from the high intensity workouts to yoga. Yoga offers a variety of workouts in itself, all connecting your mind, body, and spirit to different degrees. Two years ago I went through a phase of loving Bikram Yoga, a 90-minute hot yoga class. That summer I regained flexibility from my high school gymnastics days, and I wanted to find an at-home style to improve my flexibility again. Although I wasn’t heating up... Read More
July 21, 2020
Workout Of The Week
Kicking off this new series, I decided to first try out HIIT style workouts. HIIT, or high intensity interval training, involves short, intense work periods followed by a quick recovery period. This style has quite a few benefits:
It increases your heart rate to burn fat.
It can increase your metabolism and lower your blood pressure.
Most HIIT workouts are usually between 10 and 30 minutes, so you don’t need to block off a large chunk of time for your workout.
They... Read More
July 14, 2020
Exploring New Ways To Be Active
At the start of quarantine, gyms closed and people were forced to find other ways to get some exercise in. Whether you found your groove, started a new routine, or were completely lost, you no doubt saw the surge in at-home workout programs and celebrities showing off their prize-worthy home gyms.
In times of stress and uncertainty, it is important to take care of your health. Luckily, daily activity is associated with improving your mental health as well as... Read More
March 10, 2020
Simplify Your Exercise Routine
Are you in a workout rut? Do you feel like you are wasting an hour and a half at the gym and still not feeling productive? You may need to take a step back and reevaluate your exercise routine. Here are 3 ways to change up your workout so you can feel your best!
Change your warm-up. If you have been spending 10 minutes on the treadmill to warm-up, switch to a shorter routine such as jumping jacks or squats. This will work different muscle groups and get your heart... Read More
February 27, 2020
Commit To The Program And Work Out At Least Three Times A Week
Working out while helping graduate and undergraduate students conduct research never seemed so easy. The UNH Employee Fitness Program began in 1988 and is managed by the Department of Kinesiology Exercise Science Majors. All UNH faculty and staff are able to participate in this program. Upon entering this program, you will get an exercise prescription specifically built for your own fitness level. At the beginning of the program,... Read More
February 13, 2020
Committing To Self-Care
I have always been an avid practitioner of yoga, but convinced myself that I never had time to do it every day. This past week however, I decided to advance my practice and commit to five days of yoga. Yoga has so many physical benefits, especially if it is done often (at least 3-4 times a week). From yoga alone, I have noticed improved muscle strength, flexibility, and posture.
I usually practice yoga in my apartment, but this week, I went to the morning Vinyasa yoga... Read More
February 6, 2020
Effects of Blue Light On Your Eyes
In today's world, everything is online. Whether it's on your phone, tablet, or computer, you are staring at a screen. Because of this surplus in screen usage, especially in college students, our eyes are constantly exposed to something known as blue light. What is blue light you might ask? It is high-energy visuble light that is close to UV light on the light spectrum. Constant exposure to it can lead to eye strain, physical and mental fatigue, headaches and... Read More