Farewell to Warhawk Fitness

Farewell to Warhawk FitnessBy: Abbey Bowen

Last week, the public relations team started looking for new candidates to replace me, as I will be graduating in a week.

During the interviews, we asked “What does Warhawk Fitness mean to you?”

I would like to take a moment to reflect on my answer to that question.

I started working at University Fitness during my sophomore year. I applied for the position on a whim, and didn’t think I had any chance of getting it.

To my surprise, I was selected out of a pool over 100 other people. My membership in the highly-desired Warhawk Fitness family soon began.

Working at the gym gave me so much more than an hourly wage.

Socially, I was immediately welcomed and assimilated into the group. I made instant friends with the other supervisors I worked with.

Physically, on the other hand, working for Warhawk Fitness kept me motivated to be the healthiest version of myself.

I had always tried to stay fit and eat a healthy diet, but working around other individuals who ate, slept and breathed fitness truly inspired me.

This aspect of my new, healthy life gave me the desire to work as part of the public relations team. I wanted to give others access to the information I had learned while working at the UF.

More than anything, Warhawk Fitness kept me accountable throughout college. Not only did my colleagues motivate me to be healthier, but the relationships I formed made me a better “me” overall.

As I sit here reflecting on my time working for Warhawk Fitness, three words come to mind when I think of what being a member of the Warhawk Fitness family means to me: inspiration, motivation and friendship.

The friends I made working as a fitness supervisor and member of the PR team inspire me, and will continue to inspire me, to continually seek a healthier lifestyle. They have motivated me to do so through their own example and actions. They’re supervisors and promoters for a reason; they know what they’re talking about! Some of the most dedicated people I have ever met work for Warhawk Fitness.

Above all, my fellow employees have provided me with unconditional friendship. Some day when I’m old and grey, I know I will always chuckle while thinking back to the UF’s Christmas parties, which were properly named “Snowballs and Booty Calls,” and the time we ran in the freezing cold “nearly naked” to raise money for charity.

I would also like to thank Jen Kaina for everything she’s given me. She first hired me to be a fitness supervisor and later as a member of the PR team, two opportunities I would’ve never had access to without her. She is one of the most hardworking and caring people I will ever have the pleasure of working for. I also know it is thanks to her and her talent for writing recommendation letters that I was accepted to attend law school at Marquette University next fall.

As I leave my Warhawk Fitness family next week, I will make the commitment to continue improving myself every day. I will also leave with warm memories of all the amazing people I have met.

Thank you all.

~Remember, you have to learn to love yourself before you can truly love someone else~
Abbey :]

Kale: What’s all the hype about?!

Kale PhotoIt seems to me everyone these days is talking about kale. For those who have not yet heard of it, kale is by definition is “a hardy variety of cabbage that produces erect stems with large leaves and no compact head.”  Based on my research, kale is basically the super food that would knock Popeye off his feet. After hearing about all the health benefits to kale, I thought I’d see what all the hype is about.

Let’s get the facts on what this leafy veggie offers: 

  • Low Calorie (36 calories per cup)
  • High in Fiber, Iron, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium
  • Zero Fat
  • One cup has about 3g of Protein (Not a lot, but for those of you who don’t eat meat, it’s something!)
  • Anti-inflammatory food: Which can help fight against asthma and arthritis
  • Detox food: With the combination of fiber and sulfur, kale is sure to keep your liver healthy.

Now I know that the majority of you have heard some of the hype about kale, but if you follow this link, it will give you a refresher as to WHY it is so good for you.

Not convinced?! Check this out!

With all of those benefits it is hard to ignore the hype. Adding kale into your everyday routine does not have to be a complete difficult, but more so a healthy addition. If you normally eat salad with iceberg or romaine lettuce, try mixing some kale into to add the benefits while keeping the taste you love.

Another way to incorporate kale into your everyday diet is to puree it. When you mix a large handful of kale into a fruit smoothie you can hardly taste it!

There is also possibility of making kale chips. This is a recipe I have tried numerous times, and I have yet to be disappointed. All you need to do is preheat oven to 350 degrees. Break the kale into pieces as large or small as desired. Drizzle olive oil, sea salt, and any other seasonings you’d like over the kale and bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on your oven) on middle rack. Pull out of oven when the edges begin to brown, and they are done! Volia! This is not only delicious, but it won’t be a diet buster as well. You can keep little kale chips like this around your house as a healthy substitute for potato chips.

One last idea for now, is also the route of chopping up kale and adding it to your pizza as a topping, spaghetti sauce, soups, sandwiches, or anything else you can think of. These recipes, from experience truly do deliver in satisfaction, but just remember that eating kale, or any vegetable for that matter, is going to offer you the most nutrients and full supply of vitamins it offers if eaten raw.

Check out this link for some more awesome recipes!

Hope this inspires you to try kale soon!

Stay Healthy. Stay Strong.
Mary Marren

Take A Minute and Ask Yourself “Is It Worth It”?

Stress PhotoLife is already full of stress with all the schoolwork we have…why add to it? Family life, relationships, and personal problems are always obstacles in life, and all that stress will slow you down. So think about a situation that has happened to you where you could have thought “is it worth it?” and how that situation could have changed or maybe even been avoided if you would have done one or two things differently.

Summer is coming and before you know it, the future will be here, too. Maybe summer will cause a separation between you and your boyfriend/girlfriend, best friend, or family member. No matter who it is, it will be hard and thinking about the future coming and what you want to do with your life will only make it harder. My advice: LIVE IN THE NOW. Don’t create unneeded stress, and you will be amazed at how easy life really is and how easy it is to be happy each day.

Boyfriend/girlfriend: My first tip is don’t be jealous and crazy. Maybe there will be distance between you. Try and make the best of it! Don’t worry about what they are doing every second of the day. If you are meant to be together, they will stay true to you. Is fighting with your significant other over something stupid while he/she is miles away really worth it? Adding that stress upon you while there are truly more important things to worry about is not worth it. Trust me. Remember, if it’s meant to be then it will be. Always ask yourself “is it worth it?”

Family/friends: Sometimes our parents or other family members do not understand how stressful it is to be a college student. Adding random stressors like family drama, hometown gossip, or whatever is it will not help you. Listen, but try to just let it blow over your head. Why add more stress to yourself worrying about what someone else is doing when you should be just worrying about yourself! When it comes to your friends, don’t sweat it. If you have a busy week or maybe a busy semester, true friends understand that and will still be there for you when life finally gives you a break. Don’t worry about what they “think” you’re doing. It’s your life, and true friends stick by your side.

Yourself: Remind yourself that this is YOUR life. No one should tell you how to live it. One of my favorite quotes by someone anonymous is “I think we like to complicate things when it is really quite simple; find what it is that makes you happy and who it is that makes you happy and you are set.” Don’t push things away that scare you…it is now or never. You don’t want to be that person that looks back and wishes they would have done something different in their past. Worrying about what others think of you, “is it worth it?” Who cares what the world thinks? This is your life, live stress free, and do what makes you happy.

You could workout every day, eat a healthy and clean diet, and get amazing grades by putting all of your effort into your studies. Through all of that hard work each day, don’t forget about the inner “you”. At the end of the day, when you are laying in bed thinking about the events that occurred that morning or afternoon, ask yourself if each situation was really worth the stress or other emotions that it might have put on you.

Now go evaluate your life. Are you living it the way you want to…in a way that makes it as easy as ever to be happy? It shouldn’t be hard to have a happy life and live as stress free as possible. So get to work!

“Always remember that it doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you keep on going”
~Kenzi Weidman

Sources: Happy Quote

Struggling with Senioritis: Suggestions to Succeed

Senioritis- OpinionDo you find yourself struggling to pay attention in class and really not caring about homework and studying like you did in the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself dreading going to class more now then you did during the polar vortex?  If so, you can tell spring has sprung!

As the weather begins to change you’re now waking up to the shining sun and chirping birds, and the last place you want to be is sitting in back to back classes, listening to professor’s lecture. You may notice your attention begins to slip and you have no desire to do anything school-related. Seniors seem to be affected the most around this time of year; us seniors call that “senioritis”. Beware, it is very easy to catch and hard to get rid of.

Senioritis predominantly arises in the spring semester, and it occurs when priorities often shift from academics to one’s social life. Although it is called senioritis, it affects students of all grades; however, for many seniors the only cure seems to be graduation.

Although you may want to slack off and ditch class to enjoy the last few weeks of the semester, remember you don’t want to ruin all the hard work that you have put in thus far, so here are some tips for overcoming senioritis.

Take care of yourself.  This is often a stressful time of the year because you are either trying to get everything done before the end of the semester, or you are busy preparing for life after graduation.  Your diet and sleep patterns can affect you mentally and physically, so make sure you are taking care of yourself.  Try putting aside some time to help your body and your mind by coming to a group fitness class, such as yoga.

Plan ahead.  If you avoid putting everything off until last minute stress levels often rise.  By planning ahead you will have more time to do things that want to do, and you won’t have to miss out on having a good time with all your friends.

Avoid cramming. If you spend a little time each day studying you will retain the information better, and you won’t have to spend 10hours in the library on a 70 degree day trying to memorize two months’ worth of notes.

Get motivated. “Your motivation at the end of your senior year … is a pretty good indication in terms of your motivation for the next stage of your life,” says Sara Hamon, the assistant dean of undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Don’t let slacking off affect your future. Participate in challenges such as the Indoor Ironman, to keep you up and moving to keep you motivated until the end.

Have fun. Your time here will go by faster than you think, so take the time to create lasting friendships and enjoy your college experience.

Steph Punda 🙂