Fitting in Fitness

FINDING TIME FOR WELLNESS

I’m about to get fat.

I can feel it. I’ve only had a few runs this month, and I haven’t been to Group Fitness since the start of the year! I can feel my body getting used to the low daily step counts, and I’m still eating the same or more than I did in the summer.

One massive problem for sticking to a Wellness schedule has been the insane scheduling difficulties of the first month of school. You might be in the same situation: after week 1 & 2 you’ve figured out your classes and what times you need to do homework, and around week 3-4 you added a few clubs, student orgs or picked up a side job. However, don’t let your schedule be complete without some sort of fitness scheduled in.

Fitness is an important part of your daily lifestyle, and if you don’t get some sort of exercise each month, studies show that side effects like depression and lower endorphin rates. Make sure to put it into your daily or weekly planners, because it’s not the sort of thing that happens by itself.

            Exercise isn’t the only part of wellness that I want to focus on. Another part of wellness that may not get as much attention is mental health. As a demographic, college students are one of the hardest hit by depression. It’s real. We suffer. However, there are always things you can do to put yourself in a better place.

            Whether it’s making sure you have a day off scheduled during the week, or it means taking a 15 minute walk each day, mental health is a physical responsibility that you have to care for, like hunger or thirst. One technique I use is putting my phone down for a few minutes and just sitting in silence, taking time to think about the day’s ordeals. Another thing I had done is Yoga, but now that my semester schedule is different, I have to find a way to fit that in.

            Remember that Wellness is a journey. Please, do not expect results after the first few times. In fact, a benefit of scheduling exercise and mental fitness is that you force yourself to stay in a routine. It will be tough to stick too once the novelty wears off, but the results have been worth it for me. I would encourage anyone to try to pick up a Wellness routine, no matter the amount of time you commit. Your body will thank you.

I hope you reach your Wellness Goals

Ethan Maurice

State of Competition

The last kick of my high school soccer career was one of the lowest lows of my entire life. The game had gone poorly for my school. We were a top seed, playing a home game in the first round of the state tournament, but hadn’t looked like it. Field conditions were very poor, and we hadn’t scored all game. We played the required overtime, and as an unused substitute, I could do nothing but look on as the opposition kick in the final shootout goal to eliminate our team. It left a sour taste in my mouth.

Only about 6% of sports careers make it past high school, and at that moment, it looked like mine was going to be one of them.

As I graduated high school and moved on to college, I found fitness opportunities decreasing. It seems like we are always running around, living the busy lifestyle college students do. On top of that, the fitness opportunities that are readily available didn’t satisfy me. Sure, setting a personal record on the track or squatting a new max gives a good feeling, but for me there was nothing like technically dominating someone on a soccer field. I couldn’t find a similar feeling to flying down the sideline, as defenders tried desperately to kick any part of the ball or your leg.

When a friend asked me to be on an intramural team, I was skeptical at first. I thought Intramurals wasn’t very serious! People don’t show up all the time, and when they do, they don’t give their all. They might not even be in shape for intramurals!

However, when I showed up to my team’s first game, I was quickly proved wrong. Intramural the other team was also quite good, and soon players were flying around, hitting accurate passes and fair tackles. Not only did we not win, we didn’t even score! Turns out, intramurals were a bigger deal than I thought.

For some people, not having a competitive outlet can affect their lives in negative ways. I felt like I was short with people, not having an open mind. I also had less confidence. However, after intramurals helped me to have somewhere to put my competitive spirit, I found I was much more relaxed in other parts of my life. Why don’t you give them a try? Sign up here!

I Hope you reach your fitness goals!

Ethan Maurice

Intramural Fun!

Welcome back, Warhawks! Hope everyone had an amazing summer break and is getting back into the swing of things back at the dub. Starting and working on school, work, organizations and other activities can put a lot of stress on individuals. It is good to take some time for yourself and get relaxed anyway you can. There are so many different ways to get rid of stress and anxiety. One way is to take time for yourself, like hanging out with friends. Another way could be to get a nice workout in to forget about everything you have going on. If only there was a way to combine both of those…oh wait, there is! Recreation sports and facilities at the Williams Center offers a ton of sports and teams students can compete on such as: 3V3 Basketball, golf, fantasy football, flag football, indoor soccer, kickball, sand volleyball, softball, tennis, badminton, bag toss, basketball, futsal, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, college bowl pick and open rec all-star. Although some of these intramurals have already closed, there are still some already open and have a later entry depending on your level of interest. Below are the current sports available, when there entries are due and the cost:

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Benefits of Yoga vs. Gym Workouts

Going to the gym has always been the “standard” place to get your workout in.  Besides recently new at home workout remedies along with programmed bikes/treadmills, working out and lifting weights at a workout facility was the place to be and the norm for “getting fit.” However, yoga workouts have skyrocketed in popularity within the last few years.  More and more athletes, celebrities and everyday people are appreciating the true benefits, mentally and physically, about yoga.  In today’s blog, I’ll be listing the differences and benefits between a yoga workout and a gym workout in hopes it will inspire you to try something new and learn some valuable information.

YOGA:

Benefits: Explanation:
1) Yoga benefits the
mind, body, and
soul
Yoga not only helps you tone your muscles but also focuses on
bringing awareness to your whole body and inject positive
energy
into yourself. A gym workout really only focuses on improving
your body’s physical condition.
2) Yoga will make
you lean
Yoga stretches and strengthens your muscles
simultaneously which causes you to appear more lean.  When lifting weights, that causes your muscles to bulk up and look
larger.
3) Yoga is more
efficient
Yoga relies on your whole entire body for strengthening.
Gym workouts use weights and equipment (with only a few exceptions). In yoga, you use your entire body weight as“weights.” Unlike at the gym, your muscles are isolated by being worked individually which can take more time to build.
4) Yoga is calming/reduces stress/improves concentration Yoga focuses on connecting your mind, body and spirit into
one workout.(And if you haven’t tried it, it’s harder than you
think.) 
You have to focus on performing everything with intention
while following and paying attention to your breathing. 
Feeling each movement and muscles of your body being
worked.

GYM:

Benefits: Explanation:
1) Wide variety of workouts you can do While at the gym, you have a large selection of equipment and space to use to create your own workout.  With yoga, it normally follows a standard format.
2) Builds
muscle/makes
you bulk
At the gym, you normally use weights or equipment to break down your muscles so they can build back up bigger and stronger. With yoga, the practice strengthens and stretches your body instead.
3) Can be too
rigorous or
harmful to your
body
Going to the gym and doing intense weight lifting or cardio can be harmful to your body.  Yoga helps all aspects of your body by engaging your muscles, brain, and breathing.
4) Going to the gym allows you to potentially burn calories and sweat more When working out at a high intensity, your body burns more calories and makes you sweat more.  The can help with weight loss, circulation, and purging toxins in your body.  Unlike yoga where you are purposely trying to lower your heart rate and calm your mind/body.

Some people may still not be a fan of taking a yoga class or consider it a real workout.  However, if you haven’t already, check out Warhawk Group Fitness Yoga classes hosted everyday in the dance studio at the Williams Center!  Obviously there is always more to learn about completing workouts in the gym or by doing yoga so if you’re interested, learn more about the topics here:

https://www.doyouyoga.com/15-reasons-yoga-is-better-than-the-gym/

https://www.naturalremedieshome.com/yoga-versus-gym

As always, stay fit, stay healthy, stay beautiful, Warhawks!

Talk soon,

Ashley