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. 

Is Daydreaming Good For You?

December 31, 2012 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Is Daydreaming Good For You?

Is Daydreaming Good For You?

Daydreaming, often thought of as a waste of time and a reason to scold uninterested students, is turning out to be quite positive. Recent studies have begun to shed light on the fact that those who daydream often have a leg up on their peers in certain areas. People who daydream are more likely to have empathy for family and friends. Daydreaming can also lower blood pressure and blood cholestorol. Mind-wandering promotes creativity and artistic endeavors – Steve Jobs became the person we all know by spending lots of time traveling and experimenting with different ways of thinking before starting companies like Apple and Dreamworks. Daydreaming, like nighttime dreaming, can consolidate what you have learned and help your brain to store information for future reuse. Generally, studies have shown that a wandering mind usually has a better working memory. So next time somebody tells you that you shouldn’t daydream…daydream some more!

Infographic: How Do College Students Use Their Time?

November 23, 2012 in Campus Life, Infographics

Have you ever wondered how college students spend their studies? The below infographic goes into great detail on the habits of the typical college student. About 8.3 hours are spent sleeping during an average college student day. Leisure and Sports take up 3.7 hours of their time. Surprisingly, educational activities take up only 3.3 hours. Working either a job or internship takes up 3.1 hours. Students travel for 1.5 hours, eat and drink for 1 hour and finally groom for about 48 minutes each day. Approximately 2.3 hours are taken up each day with other activities. Facebook users in college spend 1-5 hours per week studying, while non-facebook users spend 11-15 hours per week studying. College students spend about 24.5 hours per week email, texting and being online. 10.2 ours each week are devoted to drinking beverages. Males have up to 9 hours of free time each week compared to only 4 hours for females. The average student writes about 42 pages per class per semester. The average college graduate ends up with over $20k in debt when all is over.

When compared with high school, college students do less:

  • sleeping
  • leisure & sports
  • educational activities

However, college students spend more time:

  • working
  • traveling
  • grooming
college student time use

college student time use

Staying Up Late With Your Mobile Devices

November 20, 2012 in Health, Infographics, Tech

A lot of college students use their mobile devices day and night. The effects of prolonged mobile use or computer/tv use right before bed can reduce your melatonin levels by 22%. In fact, 1 in 3 smartphone users would rather give up sex than their phones. In the hour before bed 95% of people say they regularly use their digital gadgets. 90% of 18 to 29 year olds sleep with their phone in or right next to their bed. 1 in 4 people don’t silence their phones before bed. 1 in 10 say they are awakened at least a few times a week by phone calls, texts and emails. 1 in 2 people responded that if they wake up during the night for no reason they will check their phone right away. Gadgets don’t just wake you up, but they can also make it harder for you to fall asleep. Not getting a good night’s sleep can directly affect your work performance and driving ability. Sleeping an average of less than 6 hours per night raises lifetime heart attack risk by 50%. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the effects of late night mobile use:

Late Night Mobile Use Infographic

Late Night Mobile Use