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Your Guide To Staying Healthy at URI

July 31, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

We all know how difficult it can be to remain healthy and fit while away at school and students at the University of Rhode Island are no exception to that. Dining halls, late night munchies, and fast food spots surrounding us wherever we go. Although eating has a tremendous impact on how healthy you are, staying active is just as important. Here are some tips on how to avoid the freshmen fifteen, lose the sophomore sixteen, dodge the junior jillion, and shave off the senior seventeen. 

TIP #1: MAKE THE TIME TO WORK OUT
I can’t tell you how many people I know that have used the excuse, “I don’t have the time!” Truth is, we’re all students with social lives and with grades to keep up; none of us have the spare time either. You have to make the time to work out in order to be a healthier you. Even if that means setting your alarm clock an hour early before class or saying no to happy-hour once a week!

Avoid the late night munchies

Avoid the late night munchies

TIP #2:DON’T EAT WHEN YOU GET HOME FROM A NIGHT OUT
I know we all enjoy eating a Chicken Parmesan calzone at 3AM from I-Zone, but it’s not doing you any good. Those extra calories are proving to be deadly and will help you gain weight immediately. Instead of ordering food, maybe set a side a snack for when you get home. Believe it or not, a peanut butter and banana sandwich tastes great after a long night out down-the-line.

TIP #3: FIND A WORK OUT PARTNER 
It’s never easy getting yourself to the gym, but when you have another person depending on you, things change. Having a workout buddy can mean the difference between getting a work out in or taking a nap. It’s important to surround yourself with people who have similar goals as you because believe it or not you’ll end up inspiring each other and now you won’t have an excuse because URI has a brand new state of the art fitness center right across from Hope Dining Hall. 

Remain active

Remain active

TIP #4: TRY NEW THINGS 
Switching up your routine is key in order to see results, but also to keep you interested in your workout. Try out new workout regimes to spice up your daily routines. If you’re not much of a runner, pick a beautiful day (Rhode Island has plenty to choose from) and around alongside the seawall or even through campus. If your a cardio fanatic, get yourself into a weight training class and learn about proper form and technique. The new Anna Fascitelli Fitness studio has a wide range of classes from dance to weight training and even kickboxing. This could really do your body some justice!

TIP #5: GET SOME SLEEP
Believe me, I know it’s difficult to get those 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’re not up studying for an exam then you’re probably out and about in Narragansett or maybe your a Netflix series binge watcher. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to sleep when you have the time to because this will help you regain your energy to work out better, focus on your classes, and be an overall happier individual.

TIP #6: HAVE A WELL BALANCED DIETBalanced Diet
Truth is, as college students we are all growing physically and mentally. In order for that growth to peek we must fuel our bodies to the best of our abilities. Yes, I encourage you to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, but I also encourage you to consume protein and fats regularly. I don’t mean a large fries from Burger King when I say fat, but instead try some almonds, peanuts, or avocados. These are all great sources of good fat and are tasty, too. Mix things up and enjoy your fast metabolism while you still got it!

TIP #7: BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS
So often college students get caught up in the pressures of school, society, and family. It’s okay to admit that you’re stressed out and to cut back on some of  the responsibilities on your plate. Being kind to yourself also means being honest with how you feel physically and mentally. Take a break once and a while…you deserve it! While you’re at it, don’t forget to be kind to those around you. This will make you happier and more at peace with yourself. Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why it must be practiced regularly.

Consider these tips when trying to remain healthy and fit at any college or university. Luckily for the students at the University of Rhode Island being active outdoors comes easy because of the cool ocean breeze and wide open space in and around campus. Whatever town or city you are from, these tips can help you become more physically, emotionally, and even sexually healthier. 

Virginia Military Institute: One of the Top 10 Fittest American Universities

August 29, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health, Sports

Freshman doing flutter kicks

Freshman doing flutter kicks

If you plan to attend V.M.I you better make sure you are in the best shape of your life. I know I was. Because if you aren’t you will not last a single day of your first year. V.M.I is not for the weak because it is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding.  That’s why we are listed as one of the top ten fittest universities in America.

Before you even attend V.M.I, they make sure you are able to handle the physical tasks that you will encounter your first year. V.M.I does not have the time to get you in shape, so you need to come prepared. For me, I was in the best shape of my life right before I started. I had just lost a total of 20 pounds and was ready for the challenge. But to my surprise, it still was a struggle. Your entire first year is pretty much dedicated to making your life miserable through vigorous work-outs. The first week you are there is called hell week and you wake-up every morning at 5 to do P.T. (physical training). This consists of going on long runs and doing a variety of exercises like flutter kicks and overhead arm claps. Now this may sound easy, but after so many overhead arm claps it is difficult to keep your arms up. It’s no picnic in the park, that’s for sure. This continues for the majority of your first year with intense work-outs on Saturdays and an occasional sweat party (an intense 15 minute work-out where you are drenched in sweat afterwards) every few weeks and the culminating event at the end of six months.

Once you are through the first six months of your first year, it is pretty much up to you to stay in shape. However, since V.M.I is a military school you also P.T. with your respective military branch. This includes all the classes, from freshman to senior. This is twice a week on Mondays and Fridays and consists of whatever the military staff of your branch feel like doing, which usually involves a long run for the Army department.  Additionally, every semester you must pass the V.F.T. (V.M.I Fitness Test). The test is comprised of pull-ups, sit-ups, and a mile and a half run. If you do not pass the test then you are put on remedial P.T. which is an organized work-out session that meets twice a week in order to work on passing the V.F.T. You must stay on remedial P.T. until you are able to pass the V.F.T. Therefore, you must take the initiative and make sure you work-out after your first year. Even during your first year it is highly recommended that you work out on your own on top of the mandatory physical activity.

It is easy to let yourself go after that first year and I know a majority of us have done it. I myself have gained weight because I don’t stay on top of working-out because I get so overwhelmed with everything going on to where I’m exhausted and would rather take a nap instead. Sadly the choices I have for working-out at V.M.I are not the most appealing either, which makes me not want to work-out also. Your choices include either going on a run, going to the weight room, swimming at the pool when it’s open, or using the cardio room. Now the reason these choices aren’t that great is because the weight room is outdated and doesn’t have that many options for lifting in my opinion, the open swim for the pool isn’t that often or convenient, running gets boring after a while if that’s all you’re doing, and the cardio rooms have outdated machines that don’t work very well and the variety of machines is disappointing. However, everyone makes do with what we have. I personally like to go on a run every other day because the scenery is gorgeous around the school since we are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it does make it more difficult too if you get my drift. I also use the up-right bikes and an elliptical machine too and do my own exercises in the mat room on the days I’m not running. That is how I stay fit and would recommend if that’s something you like to do. Otherwise, I know that guys like to go to the weight room or play basketball. It is important to find a work-out that you enjoy otherwise it gives you another reason not to work-out.

Overall, V.M.I is a very physical school and has earned its placement as one of the top ten fittest universities in America. Your first year is your most physically demanding but after that you are on your own to make sure you stay fit. This is difficult, especially with everything else we are forced to do, but the reward of staying in shape is one that can be appreciated for the rest of your life.

Healthy Life-style

Healthy Life-style

Four Ways To Get Fit and Stay Fit

August 21, 2014 in Colleges, Health, Sports

November Project: Stadium

November Project: Stadium

So you want to turn over a new, non-couch-potato-esque leaf, but you’re not quite sure how to get started. With all of the resources on campus, over the internet, and even in big cities near you, there is really no excuse not to get active. Here are four options to help you get fit and stay fit:

1. On Campus- It is important to keep this information in mind wherever you are. Your campus has free (debatable since you’re paying a pretty penny to go that school anyways) fitness resources including weights and cardio equipment. If you don’t want to use the cardio machines, your school most likely has group fitness classes for a small fee each semester or quarter that you can take to get in shape. Your school may even offer personal trainers for a fee if you’re serious about getting in shape and you need some extra help. And if that doesn’t sound appealing, get some friends together and form an intramural sports team. You can play together, train together, and keep fit together. Whatever you choose to do, your campus probably has the resources for it and the possibilities are endless.

2. For Boston Residents: Boston Calendar- The Boston Calendar has tons of events listed on it for each day of the year. It’s a great resources for finding cool events to check out around the city. But did you know that it also gives fitness options? Whether you want something like boot camp to get your heart racing or you want something peaceful like yoga by the Charles River, the Boston Calendar has you covered. Oh, and did I mention that these classes are free? If you aren’t in the Boston area, your city or the city closest to you may just have an online calendar or group meet-ups that you can find on Craigslist or with a quick Google search.

3. November Project- Picture this: It’s 6:30 AM, bright and early, and you’re surrounded by strangers united by the same goal. It’s a rush. You work out together. You sweat together. You breathe in pure motivation. It’s so intense, but it’s also incredibly exhilarating. If that sounds like something you’d be into, think about joining the November project. Go to the blog, Twitter, or Facebook page to find out the location of the next workout and show up ready to put in work. It’s that simple.

4. If you’re just looking for some tips to help you add a little extra something to your workout or some things to help you tweak your diet, there are plenty of resources online from major sites like Prevention and WebMD to local Facebook pages like Get Fit Boston.

Whatever the case, there are plenty of resources to get you off the couch and on the road to a better, more active lifestyle. Ultimately, it is up to you to take the first step. The biggest roadblock to getting in shape is finding and keeping that motivation to keep going. If you find something you love, however, the motivation will come easy.

Staying Fit In Your Dorm Room

July 24, 2014 in Health

Staying Fit In Your Dorm Room

Staying fit in school is always a tough task. All we college students ever want to do is sleep, hang out with friends, sometimes party, and maybe binge on a TV show or two. There are those who are extremely active and go to outdoor locations for mass amounts of exercise, but for those like me, the motivation to go join them is extremely low. If that’s the case, here are some cool exercises you can do from your dorm room.

12 Minute HIIT No-Equipment Workout

It’s interval training, it’s twelve minutes straight, and you don’t need anything but your own body. I would recommend finding a way to use your computer as a timer, because not everyone is good at counting perfectly 30 seconds in their head, but there isn’t too much you really require from this work out. It kicks your butt instantly for those who need that extra cardio, but it’s nice to have only a 12-minute workout in the long span of an entire day. You can practically do it anywhere, but if you want to stay private about your working out, then this is definitely a good first step.

NerdFitness Beginner Body Weight Workout

If you’re still new to working out and afraid of the gym, it’s nice to know that you can use yourself as your weights. It’s very simple, very quick and is a great start to getting yourself into shape. Keep in mind that you can use any of the equipment from around the house or in your dorm room, so the materials should be very easy to obtain. At the bottom of the page there is an option for an advanced body weight workout, but also the website in general has a lot of cool tips on keeping in shape/fitness generally. If you ever feel more advanced than the beginner workout, maybe you are ready to hit the gym and get out of your dorm room to make gym pals.

Men’s Health Ultimate Dorm Room Workout

Just because it’s from Men’s health, doesn’t mean that it’s not gender exclusive. This workout will test your limits, but also only lasts 15 minutes each. This is great for before class time or even to stretch it into your long day of hanging out on the quad. There are three workouts and you only have to do each once a week. This allows for the workout to be very doable while still maintaining the intensity that could happen from each workout. I personally will have to try it during the upcoming semester, but I’m hoping that an article in Men’s Health would be worth giving a shot.

These are a few things that you can do from your dorm room, but obviously going to the actual on-campus gym will be just as beneficial. With multiple equipment areas at your leisure, it would be tragic to let them go to waste. Or go back to watching your Netflix and enjoying life as a young adult before you even have to think about working out again. That might be what I’m doing right now after this article…

How Not To Lose Your Head At School

July 18, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health

Planner

Planner

The key to keeping your head screwed tight on your shoulders in college is a planner. Generally, you want to stick to a routine, but that will inevitably change from week to week due to interviews or meetings.

You’ll need to do a lot of planning and organizing, and this only starts with homework and paper due dates. It’s important to write down what assignments are due on which date, and to not mix them up. Buying a planner or an agenda will help you feel more secure because you’ll know what you’re doing. You’ll be able to tackle obstacles with a little more confidence.

College revolves around time and you want to figure out ways to beat the clock.  You not only want to make time for things you have to do, but things you want to do. Here, I comprised a small list of important topics and activities you may want to keep in mind and plan for when at college to help you stay healthy, physically and mentally.

Exercise Dancing, fitness classes, walking, running, biking. Doing some kind of physical activity for 30 minutes to an hour consistently will make you feel good. You don’t have to do it every day, but have some kind of weekly routine. Routine is the key to not falling off track and making progress. Seeing or feeling progress will make you feel like what you’re doing is worthwhile. Exercising is also said to release stress and help you focus. Having a friend to go to the gym with or run with will be a motivator to keep going, and it will be more fun.

“Me” time Being alone doesn’t have to feel lonely, and it shouldn’t. This is important, especially if you have a roommate, maybe even multiple roommates. When you tend to be surrounded by people, sometimes you just need a break. When I have alone time, I like to write in a journal to reflect on myself and my life, or do something creative. You might have more fun by yourself than you’d expect.

Time for a hobby Discover a new hobby, or continue one you’ve had for a while. Playing an instrument, knitting, drawing, or whatever it is you like to do. This could be alone time or something to do with a small group of friends. Even though you might always be rushing around from class, to work, to a meeting, it’s important to take time to continue to do something you love. If possible, plan this for every day or every few days, so you don’t lose touch with it.

Friend time This one seems nearly obvious, but you’d be surprised. I don’t just mean school friends, but friends from home as well. Sometimes I just get so caught up with what I’m doing, and my friends do the same so much that I barely talk to most of them when I’m at school. Granted, when we return home on break, it’s as if we never lost contact, but we still don’t hear much from each other. Whether you choose to send mail, make a short phone call, or text them, that little message will go a long way, and will hopefully help them to keep you in mind more often than not.

Family As much as you may like living at school, don’t forget about the people who helped you get there. Your family is the rock you can keep returning to when things aren’t going right. As you get older, you see your parents as human beings, and not just mom and dad. Call them, plan to have them visit campus, or go home for the weekend. When you come home on holidays and breaks, make an effort to spend time with them. They’ll appreciate it more than you probably think.

Good luck in college. A planner may seem small, but it’ll keep your head above water and make your life so much easier.