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

I Think We Need to Take a Break…

…from social media. “I think we need to take a break” gives you anxiety by just reading it in your head, so it’s fair that when someone tells you it’s time to take a break with social media, you freak out. I’m not saying you need to take a break because social media is “toxic”, because it doesn’t have to be. Just as anything, you have the power to make your social media experience nontoxic. I am telling you to take a break because of the benefits it has! Continue reading

Get in Losers, We’re Going Hiking

Guess whose back Warhawks, that’s right, it’s your favorite Fitness Supervisor Ryan. Something might feel different about this blog, some may even say I sound happy. There is one sole reason for the boost in my mood, it summertime hawks. I’ll be the first to admit I love college and the numerous opportunities to better myself both academically and as a member of society, but summer is where it’s at. I’m a firm believer that college students need to take advantage of summer days while we still can, Carpe Diem people! Without a doubt, my favorite summer activity is hiking and Wisconsin is the place to do it. I’m going to toss a little bit of knowledge your way with three tips for hiking success.

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5 Summer Wellness Tips

  1. Stay Cool and Hydrated Every Day

It is very important to make sure you drink enough water each day. In the summer, the heat makes it harder to stay hydrated, so you need to drink more water. It is important to drink water both before and after you work out as well. It is a great idea to bring a water bottle everywhere you go this summer. You can also add fresh fruit to your water for variety in the summer.

  1. Protect Yourself from the Sun

Make sure to use sunscreen to protect your skin. Sunburn can be painful, and there are many negative effects of too much sun exposure. It is also a good idea to take breaks in the shade if you are outside for extended periods of time. Hats and sunglasses are also great options to use as protection from the sun. Continue reading