How To Be Active In Summer

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With the beautiful warm days and sunny skies, it makes it difficult to want to head to the gym. We all have this burning desire to be outside and enjoy the nice weather. This is the perfect time to get some fresh air and be active outside.

Here are some activities that are fun in the sun and still allow you to get your workout in.

  1. Play Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball is a great game that is simple to play. It is an awesome way to be active outside and have fun while you are doing it. You can play sand volley ball at the beach, some parks, or anywhere there are sand volleyball courts. Find a court around where you live and start a game with some friends.

  1. Go on an Outdoor Run

If you like to get a good cardio workout in at the gym, try taking it outside! Get some fresh air while you run. Choose to go for a run around a lake or at a nature trail to enjoy some beautiful scenery. An outdoor run can add some challenges to your workout with running up hills and running on different types of surfaces.

  1. Hit the Bike Trail

Biking is a great activity for all ages. Going for a bike ride on a nature trail is another way to get out and do some physical activity while you enjoy nature. Bike rides are perfect for going longer distances in a shorter amount of time. Going for a bike ride can be a fun activity to do with friends.

  1. Go for a Swim

During the summer going for a swim is a great way to be active. Swimming for hours really can be a workout. On those hot days, the cool water can be very refreshing. Try alternating between going to swim at the pool and the lake. Switching it up can keep the summer entertaining.

  1. Stroll Around the Zoo, Amusement parks, or Summer Festivals

 

Any activities you can take outside in the summer can help you stay active! Just simply walking around the zoo or an amusement park can help you get your steps in for the day. Walking is a great way to exercise. Walking around these exciting places allows you to be active and have fun at the same time.

 

These are just a few examples of ways to be active outside this summer. Go out and get some fresh air while staying in shape. These outdoor activities are great examples of how to have fun this summer while still getting your work out in!

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

 

-Sadie Wrobel

Netflix and Sweat?

I don’t know about you, but when I come home for break I do not have access to a gym. netflix-and-sweatThat means that the majority of my winter break consisted of watching Netflix on the couch. Now for a while this seemed to be just fine for me. But after a while I started to feel tired and out of energy. Then I thought, why not combine the two?! I could watch my favorite shows AND get a great workout in at the same time.

Something that I recently read about was to watch a TV show or movie and get in a great workout at the same time. The basic concept is that each time a character says a certain phrase or does something specific, you do a specific exercise. This way, you are able to stay entertained without losing track of your health and wellness goals. Another tip to maintain your healthy lifestyle is to have healthy snacks around when you are watching this show. Try to have some fruits and veggies around while you watch your show. You can either purchase these items and cut them yourself or you can buy pre-made platters that are just as good.

With everything going on in our lives, it is really important to remember to relax and take a break. It’s also important to make time for our personal wellness. The next time you realize you need to do both, give this fun combination a try!

|Stay motivated and don’t give up. Amazing things will happen|

Julia O’Connor

A New Year = A New You… Right?

slide1I am all about setting goals and reaching them, but I never understood why we as individuals have to wait tell the first of the year to make a goal, and how long does this goal go on for?  Until we forget about it, until we see results, a few weeks after, who knows.  In my opinion to many New Year resolutions end in failure, and I hate failure.

Make it a full out successful year by tackling one new habit a month for an entire year.  By the end of the year you’ll have twelve new habits that will benefit your years to come.

Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging trying to come up with new ideas each month trying to make habits out of.  Below is a list of new habits I came up with to use in my own personal 2017.

January: Lets save some money.

  • Cancel all subscriptions you aren’t using regularly. (Soptify, Nextflix, etc.)
  • Call your cable company and ask for a lower price or if they have a college discount.
  • Pack a healthy lunch instead of buying one.
  • Make your coffee at home.

February: Practice mindfulness.

  • Disconnect from technology for the day.
  • Smile more.
  • Be positive.  Tell yourself something you love about you every day.

March: Organize your life.

  • Upgrade from paper. Digitalize your paper so less clutter is around you.
  • Dispose expired items. This goes further than just food.

April: Anti-stress pickup.

  • Try out mediation. Check out Warhawk fitness yoga classes!
  • Adult coloring books.
  • Anything to set your mind free (working-out, writing, reading, cooking, etc.)

May: Indulge in fruit and veggies.

  • Drink your veggies. Increase your intake by adding veggies to a smoothie or creating your own juice.
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand.
  • Try “meatless Monday”

June: Experience over things.

  • Get involved in groups. On campus there are mor4e then 100 to join.
  • Enjoy more live music.
  • Plan a vacation. Even if it’s just for the weekend or a couple miles away.

 

August: Switch up your workout.

  • Try out new fitness classes on campus.
  • Hit up the machines you’ve always been too nervous to uses.
  • Ask a friend to join your workout.

September: Learn a new skill.

  • Look up cooking tutorials, or any tutorial in that matter.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Join one of those 100 clubs on campus.

October: Protect yourself.

  • Strengthen online passwords. Use a tool like LastPass to protect and keep all your passwords.
  • Keep vacations off social media until you return. The world doesn’t need to know that no one will be in your house for a week, it’s just screaming: “please come rob me.”
  • Take up a self-defense class.

November: Decrease portion size.

  • Use smaller plates. Don’t let your eyes control how much food is going on your plate.
  • Divide your plate up so you’re consuming the right amount of each food.
  • Don’t starve yourself or skip meals.

December: Practice generosity.

  • Make a commitment to volunteering.
  • Join an organization that focus on giving back.
  • Work on being generous to yourself.

I hope you learn. I hope you laugh. I hope you never stop. And remember being fit is always in style.

-Karlee Fowler

When You Don’t Have a Passion

When You Dont Have a Passion MediaThis whole world seems to be screaming “follow your passion,” but you’re stuck.  You don’t have a passion.  You don’t have a one thing that translates into a career path.  You don’t have a fire in your belly for any certain college major or job offer.

These past couple of weeks I have had this gut retching feeling.  I have thought to myself what is my passion in life? What is my greater purpose than getting a college career, being a part of a sorority and working?  There has to be more than that.

I have been itching to find this purpose, and recently I read a short passage that helped me look for that drive in life.

Cultivate Curiosity:

It explains to look for things that raise questions in your heart.  What problem makes you want to twist your brain around a solution?  What issues in life make you want to take a stand? Find ideas that cause childlike wonder and fascination.

Cultivate Compassions:

What aspect of our world makes your heart hurt? Find compassion in this world that you want to fix or impact.  Who do you want to serve in this life and what legacy do you want to leave?  Then figure out how your skillset fit into these.

Cultivate Competency:

What are best at?  What can you be better at?  When people say to you, “you’re such a natural,” what are they talking about?  Find something that makes you feel at ease and confident.

I took these questions and made lists.  I gathered my ideas and found what each section had in common.  Everyone has a fire inside them, a passion, something they are good at.  Finding that true passion can be hard but when you find it, you’ll know.  I hope you all can find your passion in life and stick to it.  I am beyond eager to find mine.

I hope you learn. I hope you laugh. I hope you never stop. And remember being fit is always in style.

-Karlee Fowler