Warhawk Fitness Bucket List

Pic for Blog- Warhawk Fitness Bucket ListNow that the year is coming to a close, we finally get to say “I took that class,” “I did a semester of_____” (fill in blank). But I couldn’t help but notice that this time of year also brings out “I wish I would have” conversation points. It got me thinking about what we could do that would make us feel good about our accomplishments. We tend to think inside the box when it comes to our workout routines, which is a fault in our fitness productivity. Therefore, as the year comes to a close, I thought a bit about things that we can accomplish before the year ends. Whether you are graduating or going home for the summer, it’s never too late to accomplish something big. Here’s how you can do just that.

  • Group Fitness Class Double Whammy: This does not apply to attending Core Complete class beforehand, but rather a full class followed by another. This can be back to back or it could be spread out throughout the day. I would recommend that you choose wisely as to how you pair the two, preferably stay away from two cardio classes in a row.
  • Morning Group Fitness Class: Hopefully you’ve already gotten the chance to try out one of the morning classes here. If you have, you most likely know firsthand that they set you up for a great day. Not only does it wake you up and make you feel great the whole day, but you also exceed your expectations as to what you can accomplish before 8am. The thought of this might terrify you, but the key to getting yourself there is to let your groggy brain not think about what you are doing or where you are going. Just do it!
  • Take an Aimless Walk: A lot of students tend to stick to only the building that they need to be in for class, and don’t take the initiative to venture off and explore the entire campus. If you have some spare time during the day, just go for a walk. You may be surprised at what a great stress reliever it is to just walk around with no destination.  You can also explore and become more familiar with campus.
  • Get a Massage: I don’t know about many of you but I was surprised to hear that you can get a massage here on campus. Getting a therapeutic massage is a great way to promote healthy body functioning and relive stress and provide general relaxation. With finals around the corner, I think it’s safe to say that you’re going to need one, so give it a try.
  • Go Ask Alice: While looking through the UHCS website, I stumbled upon an interesting and convenient resource called Go Ask Alice. Through this website you can ask any of your health related questions, from advice on nutrition to emotional health, you can have the answer a click away! Of course this is something you do online therefore you don’t need to complete it before the year ends, however it is a useful tool to have on hand especially when you are too busy to see a doctor for a simple question.
  • Swim: Maybe I’m a little biased because I already love to swim, however some people have yet to take advantage of their access to the pool that comes with their gym membership. Even if you don’t know how to swim properly, take a step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. It is a great workout and a fun one at that. Write up a work out on a sheet of paper and stick it on a wet kick board to keep on the end of your lane so you can follow a solid workout.

We are given so many helpful resources to maintain and enhance our health in many aspects. There is so much more we can do with our days here on campus, and doing what hasn’t been done, exceeding expectations, and overachieving, start with creativity. So think outside of the box and change up your routine in ways that will allow you to experience a healthy life on campus in a new way.

“It’s a good day to have a good one.”

-Alena Purpero

Indoor Ironman: Tips and Tricks

The Indoor Ironman is one of our most popular events of the year. Hundreds of participants sign up each year with the goal of getting there long sleeve T-shirt and talking home the glory of being a indoor ironman finisher. However, every year most of the participants drop out or don’t finish before the month is over. Some don’t like swimming, some don’t like running on treadmills, and others find the bikes to be boring.  However, there are ways around each of the events to make it easier on you the participants. These tips could be the difference between you finishing, or coming up just a little short.

The Swim:

Swimming is the event that usually knocks people out before they start. These don’t want to swim and aren’t very good at it. Others still attempt it but fins it quite difficult. There are ways, however to make it much easier. First, use fins and a kickboard. During the month, you are able to borrow fins and kickboards from the pool to use to assist you. This is a big help for those who don’t like to swim or don’t know how. Also, if you want an easier way to finish this leg, you can attend the Aqua group fitness class on Tuesday nights and earn yourself 10 laps! These two things can make possibly the hardest event much easier.

The Bike:

112 MILES?!? IS THAT A JOKE?!? Sadly no it is not. That large number seems like an impossible one when you first start completing your miles. Lots of people just sit on a stationary bike and crank out miles for what seems like forever. However, there is a way to get your miles, and have a little fun in the process. The group cycling classes that are taught in the University Fitness Center are a blast! Plus, the new bikes in the studio give you an exact readout of your miles. Being entertained and constantly changing positions can be a huge help while doing this one hour class.

The Run:

The run is difficult for a lot of people because treadmills can be boring. Staring at a wall for 5 hours as you crank out miles doesn’t appeal to a lot of people. So how can you do this event with hitting the treadmill? First, Elliptical and the new cross training machines also count towards your running miles. This can give you a little variety as you go through this leg. Also, the indoor track can also count towards your miles. That way you don’t have to feel like your running in place for a long time. These things are the best way to make the running leg a little less boring.

General Tip:

Don’t wait until the last second on your miles! Having to scramble and bike 40 miles and run 6 miles in one day is not the best way to complete this challenge….Trust me.. I have done it. Make a plan and stick to it as best you can. It will help you a lot in the long run

Overall Indoor Ironman is a blast and is a great way to stay motivated. If you plan it right and follow my little tips. You will be an official indoor ironman finisher!

Stay happy and healthy

Kevin Nelsen

NelsenKJ11@uww.edu

Staying Motivated

Spring break is over and we all know what that means. Time to come back to school, write papers, do class projects, and get ready for finals and the summer. Working out and fitness just gets put on the back burner while all the other stresses take over your life. We have been seeing big declines in gym and group fitness class attendance ever since you all came back from break. We don’t blame you, this time of the year is tough but it is important to stay motivated on both your school work and yourself.

You may be asking yourself, “Ya but how am I going to do that?” Welp that is what we are here for! We have tons of awesome things going on that can help you stay motivated on yourself, which in turn will help you stay motivated on your studies as we approach the end of the semester.

The first tip I can give you is get back into a routine. Spring break messes up the groove you might have been in before you left and nw you just don’t feel like getting back into that groove. However, it is important for you to hop right back into it immediately otherwise you might never will.

Another big thing that happens to students is that they get bored. They go to the gym, sit on a bike for 30 minutes, then leave. I would be really unmotivated to go workout to if that’s all I did every single day. We offer so many different programs and classes that you should never get bored so take advantage of them

A great way to stay motivated and add variety is through our group fitness classes. We offer tons of classes each day ranging from a mellow yet challenging Yoga class, to a high intensity, energetic class such as Total Exhaust. Another great thing about these classes is that some of them are as short as 15 minutes! Now time can’t be an excuse for you to not be motivated to workout. You can get an amazing workout in and still have time for all that homework.

During this final month we offer two programs called Indoor Ironman and ACIS challenge. Both these programs set workout goals for you to meet and have great prizes to motivate you to complete the whole challenge. I will post links at the end of this story so you can find out more about these challenges

I know it is tough at the end of the year to stay motivated. I myself have always had this problem and now that I am a senior it is worse than ever. However, it is important that you don’t give up on working out now. Working out can be a great way to clear your head, take a break, and refocus yourself when things seem overwhelming. If you can stay motivated now, you will help yourself out in the long run I can guarantee it!

Stay Happy and Healthy!

Kevin Nelsen

NelsenKJ11@uww.edu

Indoor Ironman

 

 

Just Keep Swimming!

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!  The cute song that Dori sings in “Finding Nemo” sounds delightful, but swimming continuously is not always so pleasant. Much like running, swimming can seem redundant and can make working out seem like a chore, and let’s be honest…most of us don’t do chores willingly.

I never took swimming lessons, or was part of a swim team. My mom had a better approach of teaching me to swim; throw her in and she’ll figure it out! It sounds awful, but it worked for me. I did not mind splashing around in the water, but it wasn’t until I started lifeguarding that I started taking swimming more seriously. For the last seven years it has been a standard for my employment, but I never really understood the health benefits or enjoyment that could be had with swimming.

My mom had a healthier approach to teaching me the fundamentals of running than when she taught me to swim. She started training me when I was in the fourth grade, and I quickly fell in love with the sport. I was a competitive runner all the way up to Fall 2011, when I finished an amazing season of Cross Country here at UW-Whitewater.  After my running career ended I soon realized I had to change things up to stay active (I needed a break from running). As a lifeguard at the Williams Center I was required to swim 3,000 meters every month, so I decided it would beneficial to take a swimming class—that way I could do something active, but also get my swimming requirement done.

I have to admit, I was not completely thrilled about the class. Like I mentioned before, sometimes swimming lap after lap is not the most attractive way to workout. However, I very quickly learned that swimming is not only a killer workout, but also is more fun than I gave it credit for.

Ever since taking this class my legs, back, arms, and core have gotten stronger. I have the class just twice a week for 50 minutes and it has already made a world of a difference. To make things even better, I was sincerely enjoying swimming laps and found myself looking forward to my Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

Let me share with you the secrets I discovered that have made swimming laps my new favorite workout: VARIETY!  Continuous swimming when you are just doing the conventional front crawl can make the idea of doing laps daunting, and un-inspiring. So, I highly encourage you to change it up and incorporate varies strokes while swimming. Here is a link to give you a better insight of some basic strokes: http://www.enjoy-swimming.com/swimming-strokes.html.

I try to change the stroke I’m doing quite often. For example, if I’m doing 100 meter intervals I will either do a different stroke for every interval, or every 50 meters. Using a kickboard is also a helpful method. Not only will it help you focus on toning your legs, but it adds in more of that variety I’ve been talking about. Feel free to use fins as well! You can get them from equipment check-out in the Williams Center with your student I.D. Fins can be very helpful when you are a beginner to swimming.

Now, I’m not saying that you should take a swim class, though I recommend it, but I’m encouraging you to give swimming a try. The pool in the Williams Center has different open swim hours throughout the day, so it is easy to find an hour or two that fits in with your schedule. Just one hour of swimming can burn almost 500 calories; more depending on the type of workout http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411721_last,00.html. If you use my variation method, and stick with a consistent schedule (even two days a week was effective for me) you will see the benefit and enjoyment that can come out of swimming for fitness.

 

Madeline Roznos

Warhawk Fitness PR Team