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
June 17, 2020
How To Avoid Ticks This Summer
Summer is here and many people are heading outside to embrace the sunshine. One popular outdoor, social-distancing activity is hiking! Whether it is a hill, mountain, or even a trail in a wooded area, hitting the trails is one of the best ways to get some fresh air and exercise.
As annual temperatures across the United States are rising, environmentalists are warning that ticks are spreading into new areas. Most commonly, they are found living in tall grass, on... Read More
May 29, 2020
Tech-Free Summertime Exercises
With warmer weather finally here, you might be feeling stuck when it comes to a workout routine. It can be tough to even create a routine or find the right exercise program that works for you. Why not switch your mindset from “working out” to “playing” for your daily exercise? Here is a list of fun, old-school summertime activities that can make lasting memories and bring back some of those nostalgic feels while helping you stay active!
Playing Ball: If you have... Read More
April 30, 2020
Simple Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk
Are you tired of sitting through Zoom classes and staring at your computer all day? I know I am! The beauty of virtual classes is that you often have the flexibility to move around that you don’t always get in a traditional lecture setting. Next online lecture or meeting you have, try out some of these ways to stay active!
Do squats, push-ups, or jumping jacks. Turn off your camera and aim to do 5 squats or push-ups or 15 jumping jacks every 10 minutes... Read More
April 6, 2020
Turn Any Room In Your House Into A Workout Space
The current state of the world can cause stress, anxiety and fear. One way to combat those feelings is to take time for yourself. For many people, working out is a huge part self-care.
Gyms, fitness clubs, and workout studios are considered non-essential, here in New Hampshire, so that means they closed their doors a couple of weeks ago. This might change your exercise routine, but there is still lots you can do at home.
Here are some awesome... 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