Coming Home

A lot of students go through the joys of college during the year, and then have the all too real realization that they have to return home for the summer. Whether that be to save money, return to the job you’ve had since high school, or simply because you miss the family, everything has a purpose. But how do you feel when you suddenly get home and those joys are gone. Does anyone else feel the same way you do? A lot of what happens in this world effects your mental health! Mental health is the key to physical, emotional, and spiritual health!

I find that this article by BuzzFeed.com, has the most accurate ancoming homed relatable 21 struggles of moving back in with your parents after college. While the article addresses recent grads it definitely relates to what you may or may not be feeling after your first year or even after that. Remember Warhawk Fitness is more then being physically fit, so we also care about how you’re doing mentally!

 

I’ll highlight a few that I find most relevant for our Warhawk lifestyle!

 

  1. Spending all day in bed in your pants watching Netflix no longer constitutes a valid use of time. But seriously! Who hasn’t had that week or two where dropping out of school hasn’t been a constant thought so you decided to “wisely” use your time and watch Netflix. Obviously you haven’t decided to drop out otherwise instead of reading this AWESOME blog, you’d be working at McDonalds. (Which in some cases is totally respectable, and responsible) But for some reasons parents don’t find this to be a valid use of time, maybe they need to go (for some, back) through college and remember how terrible some weeks are.

 

  1. Rather than house parties and day drinking you end up spending your weekends doing parent-y activities. Ah, the days of Spring Splash, St. Pattys, and that random nice week of day drinking are long past. You suddenly find yourself mowing the lawn or pulling weeds. Remember to actual try and find the enjoyment in these activities, while it may seem harder then initially thought, just enjoy the family aspect!

 

  1. You’ll probably get obsessed with whatever TV shows your parents like. For me, my guilty pleasure will always be, Grey’s Anatomy. First year back after freshman year, I found myself binge watching Grey’s with my mother after she was done with work. My mother is also a professor, so her and I binge watched the show quite often.

 

  1. And you’ll actually miss them a lot when you move out. While school was fun and a time you’ll never forget, you will always miss your family. You’ve been through hell and back with them, and even through all your mess ups throughout college, they’ve never been anything but understanding. Take this moment to shoot them a quick text and just thank them for everything they’ve done.

 

College is everything you make it, but for some of us we have to return home and get back to our roots after a year or two, or for some after graduation. Understand that everyone goes through these times that often, for a lack of better word, suck. We ALL have those times. Making sure we mentally prepare ourselves is crucial. While often times mental health gets overlooked for the physically fit side, Warhawk Fitness values it just as much as wanting to get “shredded, or jacked”

My last words for you before you all return home or start that job is to simply remember all the great times you’ve had during the year, and never take them for granted, things change, but the memories don’t.

“Success is a journey but we treat it like a place and it doesn’t make sense if you don’t you enjoy the ride.”

 

-Riley Pink

Drinking Responsibly for your Waistline

blog picWhen I hear ‘drinking responsibly’ I think of being safe while drinking. Things like limiting your drinks, never getting behind the wheel after you’ve consumed alcohol, and staying with a group of friends while you drink. Although all these are incredibly important and I absolutely believe them, this is not what I’m talking about when I say drinking responsibly in this article.

I recently turned 21 and it has been quite the experience. I have been at the bars trying all sorts of drinks, probably a little more than I should be. Something that I really didn’t think of until a few months ago was the calorie consumption that I had been taking in and how unhealthy I was being while trying all of these new drinks. Drinking responsibly not only has to do with being safe in the ways that we usually think, but also with how healthy we are being while consuming alcohol, which I feel is almost completely looked over in most cases.

Lets go over some nutritional facts of some common drinks, which aren’t the greatest of choices:

A light beer has roughly 100 calories with 3g carbs and 3% alcohol (12 fl oz.)

A regular beer has closer to 150 calories with 13g carbs and 5% alcohol (12 fl oz.)

Vodka & Red Bull 180 calories 14g carbs 13g sugars (5 fl oz.)

 

Here are some slightly better choices:

Gin and Tonic 100 calories 6g carbs 10% alcohol (4 fl oz.)

Champagne 80 calories 1.5 carbs 12-18 % alcohol (4 fl oz.)

Sour-Apple Martini 160 calories 0g carb 25% alcohol (3 fl oz.)

Vodka and Soda 100 calories 0g carbs 10% alcohol (8 fl oz.)

Bloody Mary 125 calories 6g carbs 10% alcohol (10 fl oz.) (Not to mention all of the vitamins and minerals in these drinks.)

Now obviously this doesn’t go over all of the nutritional facts of these drinks, but it covers the areas where people are concerned when it comes to drinking. A drink of beer is different from a sip of a lot of other drinks, not only because of the calorie difference, but also the size of the drink and the low alcohol content it contains. If you are trying to drink alcohol and be healthy about it, drinking beer isn’t going to be your best option. You can be taking in an entire meal with the calories and carbs you get from a night of beers. If you really love beer try and stick to lighter beers, but if you are trying to be a healthier drinker my advice would be to stick to one of the other options, since you can have one vodka soda and equal to two heavy beers for the fraction of calories and carbs.

While drinking mixers there is also almost always a healthier option. Vodka soda could be vodka soda water or just plain vodka water with a lime if you can stand it. A huge bloody mary with burgers and cheese in it may taste wonderful, but it isn’t the healthiest option and can be with healthy vegies instead and still taste great. You really can be creative when it comes to drinking healthy and responsibly.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that drinking is healthy by any means, but if you really want to go out and have a drink with your friend, I would try and stick to one of the healthier options I have listed. Also anything is fine in moderation, just remember to be smart about it and PLEASE drink responsibly!

-Yesterday you said tomorrow

Eric Hess

Sun, Sand, & Safety – A guide for Spring Break Survival

Spring Break Safety PhotoBy: Kenzi Weidman

Who is excited for some sunshine, beaches, good beverages, and good company? I sure am. Spending a week with new people, new surroundings, and new experiences is exactly what Spring Break is about! But don’t forget one thing…. SAFETY! Here are some things to remember in order to survive Spring Break and come home in one piece!

On the road Make sure you buckle up! Wearing a seat belt can be uncomfortable if you’re in a car for a very long drive, but it’s better than what would happen to you if you get in an accident. Make sure you are also switching off drivers every couple of hours. The front seat passenger should also stay awake to keep the driver company and to also help with directions.

Booking your hotel room – Try choosing a room that is above the 1st floor but below the 6th. According to the article Fight Back on Spring Break, First floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach. Take advantage of the safes the rooms might include. You never know what the cleaning person might take, or if someone does break in, your stuff is locked up.

Laying on the beach – Pack your sunscreen and use it! Many people like to tan before they head somewhere warm so they do not have to wear sunscreen. This is a no-no! Any tan or darkened skin pigmentation due to light–fake or real–is a sign of damaged skin. Don’t use “vacation” as an excuse to tan beforehand. You can avoid sunburn on vacation by applying the necessary amount of sunblock regularly.

When drinking – Do yourself and everyone around you a favor, and at least “try” to be responsible. Pace yourself and avoid hard liquor all day. Also, make sure you are drinking LOTS and LOTS of water.

Going out – Remember to party smart. If you go out with your friends, then go home with your friends. Take the phrase “no man–or woman–gets left behind” seriously. This means your friends shouldn’t leave you no matter what the situation is, and vice versa. Also, keep your drink in your hand and don’t accept open drinks from strangers. Moral of the story–don’t become a statistic.

So many bad things can happen if you “switch off” the good ole noggin as soon as spring break starts. Here are some statistics that will hopefully scare some sense int you:

  1. At least 1 college student dies every Spring Break from falling off of a balcony. 11 Great and Terrifying Facts About Spring Break
  2. In 2013, authorities confiscated over 20,000 fake ID’s and arrested over 2,000 people ages 15-21 in Panama City Beach and Daytona, FL.  Teens and Spring Break: A Dangerous Mix!
  3. If caught drinking underage, you can charged with a misdemeanor which means you MUST appear in court. Teens and Spring Break: A Dangerous Mix!

The moral of the story here is to have fun, but be safe! If you use your head and make some good decisions, your trip will be not only successful, but also an absolute blast!

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