Cold Weather, Workout Weather

Cold weather is here to stay (for the time being) Warhawks and because the gym can get really crowded, most machines and equipment will be occupied. With this weather here to stay for a little while, we might as well take advantage of the cold weather and how we can workout outside. Below you will see some outside workouts with some outside tips on how to dress, look and have a successful outdoor workout. 

Your outdoor-workout look:

1.     Layer up to trap warm air close to your body in cold weather such as rain, wind and snow. Wear layers such as a fleece, a heavy jacket and possibly a coat or wind breaker. 

2.     Wear protective snow gear such as gloves, hat, heavy socks and a scarf or face mask to protect your fingers, face, nose and toes/feet to help keep certain body parts covered and warm.

3.     Protect your skin by drinking plenty of water and moisturizing. The cold air can create dry skin so make sure to cover certain areas exposed to dryness. 

4.     Wear protective shoes with plenty of traction to avoid slipping in any rain, ice or snow. Look for salted or plowed area surfaces to get the best traction. 

5.     Take good breathes through your nose because in the cold weather, our airway passages can become more narrow which can make inhalation a little more difficult so breathing in through your nose can warm air. 

Outdoor workout ideas in the cold:

1.     Take a nice walk or run to help warm up. 

2.     Spend 30-60 minutes outside shoveling and moving snow. 

3.     Try snow sports such as sledding or skiing and many more. 

4.     Try snowshoeing to help move through snow through a nice hike. 

5.     Carry or strap weights to yourself to help burn more calories on a walk or run. 

There is always the William’s Center to workout in, but there are options and tips to help with outdoor workouts. There are many more tips and workouts than what was listed above. As much as we might want this cold weather to disappear, we might as well take advantage of this weather before its gone. 

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

Emma O’Connor

Sleep, Eat and be Stress-Free

And we are back to the grind Warhawks. Break is over and its time to get back to reality. School is back in session and its time to get back into our regular routine but with a few modifications to start your semester off strong. Below are a few tips to help with getting back into the swing of things, starting the semester strong and keeping a positive atmosphere for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

  1. Train your brain. Think of your brain as just another muscle in your body. The more you exercise your brain, the stronger and healthier you will feel. 
  2. Know what resources are available on campus. Campus recourses are here to support and help you to. For example, if you are looking for after or during college jobs, Career and Leadership Development is here to help. Or if you need help relaxing, the UHCS has a relaxation room to help students practice relaxation skills to help their overall wellbeing. 
  3. Try and balance school, work and social life. Make time for yourself, your work and your schooling. After syllabus week, look over the syllabus schedule to see how much time and dedication each class you are taking needs, schedule your work with what works best for how much time you want to work and how much time you can work (Find a happy medium) and make sure you schedule time for yourself or for time with your friends. 
  4. Get enough sleep. Sleep is very important and you want to make sure that you are getting enough sleep before the semester even starts so you are able to wake up and start each day fresh.
  5. Eat right and healthy to maintain a positive mindset. By eating healthy you will feel better about yourself and have a more positive attitude. 

Each of these tips can help students like you and me feel better about the semester ahead of us. We will be able to have a positive outlook on what’s coming for us ahead. We can live a stress-free semester by remembering and embracing these useful tips. Work hard this coming semester Warhawks and remember that with a positive atmosphere and by taking care of yourself, anything is possible!

Emma O’Connor

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You Define YOU!

Man the semester flew by and just like that winter break is almost over. Most of us will be returning to Whitewater getting back into the full time student mode with hopes of passing all of our classes. For most students, they strive to receive good grades like A’s and B’s whether it be because they want to have a high GPA or need to prove it to ourselves or someone else that we are more than capable and put hard work into what we do. I myself this past semester had a hard time of not letting my grades define who I am. 

If you are a student like me, you strive to get A’s and B’s because you put a lot of work into your classes, miss out on events and have a hard time focusing on anything else. Because I have been a student for so long, I feel as though my grades need to define me and who I am, when really a grade doesn’t determine who you are. I have come to terms with the fact that I might not always have the highest grade or be the best in class, and I am and have to be okay with it because grades aren’t everything. Below are reasons why for your next semester to let grades not define you entirely. 

  1. Your grades don’t reflect all of your abilities. Some things can’t be tested.
  2. A grade just shows that you learned how to study for a test. It is what you comprehend and apply in your life that matters. 
  3. There are different types of intelligence, you spotlight what makes you standout and unique. 
  4. What brings you happiness and what your passion is matters more. If you don’t have a passion for it, you aren’t going to care as much. Whatever makes you happy brings more opportunities. 
  5. You can shape your intelligence over time. You will learn new things everyday. What you learn and are tested on doesn’t define you for life. 
  6. You define what you are capable of. No one else knows what you can do except yourself. Remember you are capable to do great things and by doing that, it will take time and it is okay to fail. 

It is healthy for you to remember that your grades and retaining of information font define you. You will have more happiness and less stress in your life if you choose to do what makes you happy, focus on the important things, and remember your grades in school don’t define who you are. You define who you are, what makes you unique and you will be successful and less stressed because you aren’t focusing on a letter. Your grades do matter, but what you learned matters more in any aspect. 

Emma O’Connor

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New Year, Renew Me!

Welcome back Warhawks! I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday season and a very merry new year! New years is all about remember the best of times in the old so you can embrace the new. There is that cliché sayings “new year, new me” which means to start the new year a new person or to be something better. I think that saying is a little far fetched. Everyone says they are going to be a new person and set “new goals” for themselves in the new year that most don’t even accomplish or continue after January. I believe that the new year shouldn’t be about a new you, but rather be “new year, renew me”, a more updated and continuous piece of work. 

Some friendly advice I can give to you readers and that I am using for myself is to start the year off strong and to just revamp yourself, not create a whole new you. If you’re creating a “new me” you’re 80% more likely to drop your resolution by the second week. By sticking to who you are and making some modifications whether they are short term or long-term goals, you are more likely to follow through and improve who you are. Below are a couple ways to stick to who you are and accomplish your goals without feeling like you need to be a new person to do so. 

  1. Have your goals be really narrow and specific. Make them your SMART goals and the more specific you are, the more you will actually accomplish. For example, instead of saying you want to lose weight, write how much weight you want to lose. 
  2. Have meaning and thought behind each of your goals. The more thought and personal your goal, the more drive you have to accomplish it. 
  3. Have positivity in your goals to avoid temptation and have more willpower. 
  4. Set your goals, then aim higher. Once you set your goals, you should work to achieve them if not exceed them. For example, if you are wanting to run a mile, aim to do a marathon. 
  5. And for the last piece of advice, focus on you and the process. Improve yourself one step at a time and remember why you are doing it. Achieve the unknown 

Do what is best for your Warhawks and embrace the new year with the new and improved you. Don’t be a whole new person just because it is a new year. The more you stick to yourself and just revamp you, the more likely you are to accomplish those goals. You can set goals over night, but it takes time to accomplish them. So put the hard-work in, be specific and do it for you! You got this, Warhawks!

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger