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

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 of strong and to just revamp yourself, not create a whole new you. If 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

Pedal Power

“4…3…2…1, LETS GO”, “There’s a reason you came through those doors”, “This is a challenge by choice”, “Let’s go, push yourself. You can do this!” and many more are just some of the inspirational and motivating quotes you will hear when attending a group fitness cycling class in the University Fitness studio. The group fitness instructors (in general too) that teach cycling are amazing! They motivate you to do YOUR best and help you achieve your mile goal, calorie goal, and anything else that you set for yourself. This class is deigned to push yourself to your limit for your cardiovascular fitness. Each class you attend can be with different instructors as well as different fitness/workout plans that are already set up and created for you. This is a high intensity class that was everyone to walk out those doors feeling better than before.

            For myself, I started going to cycling for the first time this year when the indoor ironman started in order for me to get a good chunk of my miles in. When I first started going, I would get around 12 miles to then an average of 15 miles. My most recent class, I earned 21.6 miles. I really enjoy going to cycling because of the motivation the instructors send out, the upbeat and motivating music, and the fact that each cycling class I have been too has different techniques, styles, and lessons to get miles in. Each class and instructor make the class so different and so much fun that I will continue to go to cycling even after the indoor ironman is over.

            Group indoor cycling is located in the University Fitness Center in the basement of Wells hall. A water bottle is required to come to class, and it is recommended to bring a sweat towel to wipe away all the hard work. You can call and guarantee yourself a bike at (262)-472-1260. If coming to cycling, it is recommended to get there around 5-10 minutes prior to the class starting to check in and get ready for the class. There are three one-hour cycling classes a week along with two forty-five-minute cycling classes a week. Cycling is offered every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 5:30pm as well as Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for forty-five minutes. If you want an awesome, challenging and motivating workout, this is the class for you! Below is the group fitness schedule link and the group fitness cycling class description with a mini video, so check those out! Group fitness is challenge by choice, so make the choice and come to group indoor cycling!

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

https://www.uww.edu/groupfitness#Classes

https://www.uww.edu/groupfitness#Classes#cycling

No Nicotine November

            Looking for some motivation and reasons to help you quit smoking or vaping? This blog contains a variety of reasons why individuals like yourself should put the cigarettes out and throw the JUUL in the junk! Many individuals use vaping products such JUUL, dab-pen, pods, E-cigarettes and more because they believe it is safer and healthier than actual cigarettes. However, those products contain both nicotine or THC with chemicals which can do the exact same amount of harm or far worse to your body and lungs. Every November is national Lung cancer awareness month and this November, I am encouraging and helping students and individuals who need that little push to get all the nicotine products out of their life for good. Below, you will find some interesting facts from John Hopkins Medicine article about the ugly truth regarding vaping and smoking.

  1. Vaping is still bad for your health- its primary agent is nicotine that is used in both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes. It is very addictive and can cause a huge withdrawal.
  2. Vaping has unknown chemicals in it- E-cigarettes heat the nicotine and the flavoring to create the vapor you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes have around 7,000 chemicals, which many of are highly toxic, so who knows how many are in e-cigarettes.
  3.  Electronic Cigarettes Are Just as Addictive as Traditional Ones. Both the e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes contain nicotine, which researchers are gathering and suggest that it  may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine usage. Many e-cigarette users get even more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product because you can buy extra-strength cartridges that have a higher concentration of nicotine. In addition, users can increase the e-cigarette’s voltage to get a greater hit of the substance cause them to have a higher intake of nicotine.
  4. Smoking leads to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. If you are looking to quit cigarettes, don’t use any vaping products to stop the usage. It will only make things harder, more addictive and cause more health problems.
  5. A New Generation Is Getting Hooked on Nicotine at such a young age. Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. E-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900%, and 40% of young e-cigarette users had never smoked regular tobacco. There are three possible reasons why e-cigarettes may be particularly enticing to young people. The first, many teens believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Second, e-cigarettes have a lower per-use cost than traditional cigarettes. And third, vape cartridges are often formulated with flavorings that appeal to younger users.

Everyone has some sort of addiction, this one just happens to be more serious. Vaping and smoking can cause serious health problems because the users don’t know exactly what they are putting into their body. It may look fun and cool to vape especially if you are around people who do it. This November, I encourage and challenge all of you to take a stance and reduce your smoking intake to help make an impactful decision of never lighting up or “takin a hit” again! Your lungs and health will thank you one day!

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger