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. 

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

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.

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

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!

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.

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!

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. 

Free on Time?

September 9, 2013 in Alive Campus, Health, Love, Sports

“Free time is productive time or leisure time. There is no reason leisure cannot be productive.”

Free time is productive or leisure time. There is no reason leisure cannot be productive.

Yes, I am concentrating in Creative Writing but you don’t have to be an English major to enjoy Reading. I like having books open in front of me to devour. I have no issue or problem hanging out with a story. It stimulates my mind, allows me the experience of travel and various situations all from a place of my own comfort (or discomfort). I know it will be worthwhile in the long run. I create a list of books that I want to read if I finish reading the stories on the original list and I pick up a few books along my progression of my Reading list. It helps me stay active without physically being strenuously active (though the brain handles tough material at times). It’s relaxing.

Ah, you might have guessed the next one! I enjoy Writing very much. It becomes a deeper practice by the day. It is a form of expression that allows me to wield emotional, mental, spiritual, physical chaos and joys in my life through communication and words. It is the most active passive aggressive practice I experience aside from meditation in its various forms. Writing is a great overall stimulator; mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally- Writing stems to provide growth. It allows for the greatest connection between humanity beyond the immediate presence of an individual. Writing allows individuals to transcend time and I believe it is a natural human endeavor to acquire for those that can handle the challenge of growing further through their inner self.

Write Away!

Well, speaking of inner self, I am a fan and supporter of Yoga. There are various Yoga forms that provide varying channels of meditation for an individual seeking to continue exploring ways to enhance and become closer with their inner self. It is an increasingly strengthening practice and does not fail to allow the individual an avenue of focus to channel their deepest energies to form their greater self. Yoga is an amazing way to appreciate silence, calmness and continuously growing peace without feeling a sense of absence without violence or hate. It is an amazing practice to enhance one’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health as well as provide a channel for an individual suffering from anxieties, frustrations leading to anger, and/or any aspect of life any college student might relate to the struggle. It is a great benefit to enhancing one’s overall life.

Yoga allows for deeper -inner- communicating!

I Wrestle. Thank God Wrestling will be in the 2020 Olympics. Training is a part of Wrestling and both of them benefit me. I practice using my body in various ways to perform competitively. All the while I am creating a deeper connection with my body. Every individual is able to relate to soundness in their body. Wrestling and training allows me to become sounder with myself as well as assist others in honing their skills to prove better in competing.  The gym provides an abode for training and Wrestling. Everyone needs a home for their loves.

The IOC approves Wrestling for the 2020 Olympics – woo!

Gaming is classic. I will enjoy gaming for a long time. Members of various ages enjoy video games with individuals all across the world. Everyone can participate in a game of some sort that allows a deeper unification compared to dragging someone unwilling to the gym. Gaming is simple; fair across the board for the consistent players and an overall benefit to humanity along with other art forms. I want to create video games and know that Writing will assist me in the long run to join a bomb team to create a master piece.

I hope you find a bit more to do with your time now!

-Kevin Dufresne