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Food vs. Exercise: Who will win?

Food and exercise go hand and hand. Graphic from twitter.com
Food and exercise go hand and hand. Graphic from twitter.com

Food can be your best friend and your worst enemy. Sometimes, food is there for you when you need it. It’s a shoulder to cry on and to pick you up when you’re feeling down. Other times, food is a real bitch, talking about you behind your back and smelling up your kitchen when it leaves itself  out on the counter. When it comes to exercise, food can either play nice and be civil, or start an all-out war like rowdy relatives on Thanksgiving. There’s no happy medium when it comes to food and exercise…or is there?

Food and exercise can get along as long as you choose the right foods and exercises for you and your body. If you’re a morning person, God bless you. Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day. Depending on the workout you do and when you decide to do it, breakfast can either hurt you or help you. If you eat McDonald’s and then go for a run, then I hope you run into a bathroom, because you’re surely going to need it. When working out in the morning, it’s best to eat very lightly such as oatmeal, a breakfast bar, or some fruit. That way, you won’t feel dragged down by a big meal and have the energy to complete your workout.

If you prefer to exercise in the afternoon, I would try and eat a bigger breakfast, but not too big. Two eggs and some toast would suffice as well as some cereal or even an omelette if you want to get fancy. A bigger meal in the morning is better if you exercise in the afternoon because by the time you get the gym, you won’t feel bloated or starved. You’ll have the energy without the feeling of being weighted down by too much food. With a bigger breakfast, a light lunch is ideal. Don’t over do it. With food or exercise for that matter.

If you exercise at night, these previous steps can still be followed. It really all depends on what time of day, exactly, that you exercise. If you plan your meals and exercise so that they complement each other, you shouldn’t have a problem with the two getting along.

With all this in mind, don’t forget that you’re a human being who loves food. Everyone is allowed a cheat day. Mine just happen to be everyday, but I’m working on it. These types of habits don’t happen overnight, so don’t get discouraged. Practice makes perfect.

Exercise’s optimum point

Exercising has various health advantages; however, if you are trying to get thinner, exercise by itself may not be sufficient. A new study suggests that bodies might adjust to more elevated amounts of physical activity, so you might not burn more calories even if you work out a lot.

If you're looking to lose weight, over-exercising is not the solution. Image from Hypnosis Chicago.
If you’re looking to lose weight, over-exercising is not the solution. Image from Hypnosis Chicago.

Scientists found that the individuals in the study who engaged in moderate levels of exercise burned about 200 more calories each day, on average, than those who had the most reduced levels of physical activity. The scientists found that the individuals who were the most physically active burned an identical amount of calories as the individuals who were moderately active.

It is not explicitly known why increased levels of exercise might not lead to burning more calories, the scientists said.

Study author Herman Pontzer, an associate professor of anthropology at the City University of New York said “You still have to exercise,” because physical activity is vital for your health.

In the new study, the scientists focused on the levels of exercise and the quantity of calories burned among 332 individuals ages 25 to 45 through the span of a week. The individuals in the study lived in Ghana, South Africa, the Seychelles (an island nation in the Indian Ocean), Jamaica and the United States.

The scientists discovered that there was a little though quantifiable connection between individuals’ physical activity level and the aggregate number of calories they burned per day. However, this connection held only when the scientists contrasted the individuals with moderate activity levels with the people who had the most inactive lifestyles. Individuals who had moderate levels of physical activity burned about 200 more calories every day, on average, than the individuals who were basically inactive, the scientists discovered.

Conversely, “The most physically active people expended the same amount of calories each day as people who were only moderately active,” Pontzer said in a statement.

The scientists said that these discoveries might imply that there is an optimum point for exercise. While too little physical activity is unhealthy, working out too much might provoke the body to make acclimations to adjust.

The study’s findings are published in the journal Current Biology.

Yoga for men?

This is for all you guys out there looking for exercise in all the wrong places. If you’re looking for a type of exercise that is focused on strength training, stretching, and improving the body, then “broga” is the place for you.

Broga is a type of exercise designed for men that combines the basis of yoga but specifically targets strength training, avoiding traditional yoga poses.

Basically, it is a type of yoga that allows men to get stronger without the intimidation of having a woman out do them. “Broga celebrates the physical over the spiritual, and strength over flexibility. Experts say it sets men free to flex tight hamstrings without hearing invocations to Hindu deities or feeling inept next to a woman twisted like a pretzel.”

Broga classes allow for men to have their “guy time” by being able to “set their yoga mats down and talk about upcoming NFL games.”

Men typically have tighter muscles than females because of their ability to gain muscle faster, making it more important to obtain flexibility and stretch out muscles. Broga allows for the focus on the male form, doing exercises that are particular issues in physicality that men face.

warrior pose
“Broga is a type of exercise designed for men that combines the basis of yoga but specifically targets strength training, avoiding traditional yoga poses.”

One man stated “that he had tried [traditional yoga], as part of a rigorous workout program marketed on TV, but didn’t like it.”

It was a common theme among the men that traditional yoga was too hard for them saying “That’s a rough introduction to yoga.” Along with the consensus that traditional yoga is too hard, most men feel uncomfortable practicing Hindu rituals, chanting, spirituality, and exercising around candles. They would rather focus on the physicality of the practice rather than the spiritual side of it.

Broga was created for many reasons but one of the most important reasons it was created was to ensure men felt comfortable and not threatened while practicing yoga. “I like yoga, but I hate taking it with women because it’s so intimidating. They’re so good at it.”

No one likes to feel embarrassed while exercising, especially if it’s something that you like to do. Feeling discouraged while doing something you love is a terrible feeling, even more so when it could threaten someone’s masculinity.

Overall, Broga is a cultural phenomenon that is expanding all over the United States. They even have their own websites and studios making it easier for men to get in shape in a way that is nontraditional to masculine culture. Broga is also changing the way society views masculinity and is a new opportunity for men to get in shape.

Having a pet makes you a better person

If you follow me on any social media, you know I’m obsessed with my dog. Besides the (obvious) fact that she’s incredibly cute, I obsess over my dog because of who she makes me as a person.

Ever since I adopted my dog Roxy in October, my outlook on life has become extremely positive — it’s impossible to be sad when your dog is so happy. I also keep her in mind when I think of my future plans, which motivates me so much more to chase the things I want. I often imagine myself living on a beach with Roxy frolicking in the sand and chasing seagulls. For some reason, having her by my side makes it much easier to picture myself where I want to be.

Having Roxy also makes me want to do better because she deserves the best. Dogs have enormous hearts and love their owners so unconditionally. I don’t think I could ever express how much I appreciate that unconditional love. In exchange for that unbreakable bond between my dog and I, I feel the need to work hard so she can have nice things like a big, fluffy bed and all the toys she could ever need.

Radford student, Janie Maitland, with her dog.

Dogs also force you to live in the moment. There have been times where I’ve sat with Roxy and she’s taken her paw and knocked my phone out of my hand, forcing me to pet her. I began to realize after the 10th or 11th time that I was missing out on life because I was constantly plugged into my phone. Technology is great, but it should never take over your life to the point that you miss out on moments with your loved ones.

Dogs need constant exercise, so having a dog has forced me to get more exercise as well. Roxy and I often take long walks all the way around campus, which I never would have done walking by myself. She also loves to wrestle and play, which makes for a pretty rigorous exercise. Before I adopted Roxy, my weight would fluctuate from 125 to 140 lbs almost constantly. Now that I’m getting more regular exercise, my weight remains at around 133 lbs. I also have to be able to keep up with her so I’m more in shape than I’ve ever been in the past.

There’s something very zen about a sleeping dog on your lap that makes you slow down and appreciate the little things in life. One of my greatest joys in life is simply seeing my dog happy. When I take her to Claytor Lake and she’s allowed to run free, the big smile on her face as she runs about melts my heart.

Adopting a pet has been one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever given myself because it forces you to work and play all at once. I don’t understand how anyone could be unhappy when there’s a sweet dog around. Having a dog may seem like a lot of responsibility, and it is to an extent. However, having a pet is a relatively inexpensive investment that changes you for life.

There’s no right way to have a body

I’ve written extensively about body shaming. However, it seems the world is still lagging behind in understanding just what body shaming is.

Lane Bryant, a plus-size lingerie retailer, recently launched the “I’m No Angel” campaign. The campaign includes pictures of gorgeous plus-sized models. Even though the campaign aimed to celebrate realistic body types, it also shames Victoria’s Secret models.

The women in the campaign are all plus-sized, which doesn’t represent all women. Not all women are plus-sized, just as not all women look like Victoria’s Secret Angels. Even though Victoria’s Secret doesn’t represent the average woman well either, it’s not fair to shame the models who work hard to maintain their healthy lifestyles and famous bodies. Although Victoria’s Secrets ads aren’t representative of their customers, if you’ve ever had your bust measured at Victoria’s Secret, you’d know their bras and products are friendly to many shapes and sizes. Ironically, Lane Bryant’s products are more geared towards plus-sized women, yet they have the nerve to shame Victoria’s Secret.

I follow several of the Angels on Instagram because, quite frankly, I’m obsessed. Many of them post photos of their healthy meals they’ve put together or photos from their exercise routine. Some even post goofy pictures of them and their BFFs, such as Karlie Kloss and her bestie Taylor Swift. They’re real people, and even though their body types may be hard to obtain, their bodies are real, too.measuring

There have been many campaigns, such as Dove’s Real Beauty, which still seem to leave out several body types. The women in their campaign are mostly average to plus-sized. Being a girl with a fast metabolism, I was often teased for how skinny I was. Even now that I’m older and have gained some curves, I still don’t feel that my body type is represented in any of these campaigns.

Many times, women feel the need to tear other women down so that they can feel better about their own appearances. I reject this idea . I believe the best way to feel confident is not to compare yourself to others, but to love your own body and appreciate what it does for you. Blogger Maria Kang has started a website which supports fit moms. She shared a photo of herself in workout gear, her fabulous abs showing, with her three kids and the title, “what’s your excuse?” One mother posted a picture similar to Kang’s photo with her three kids, in a sports bra with the title, “My ‘excuse’ is that I’m okay with this.”

It seems to be the trend that women shame each other. Although Kang’s photo could be misinterpreted as body-shaming, taking a look at her website, you can tell she promotes a healthy lifestyle for mothers who may not typically have time to hit the gym regularly. Kang’s nonprofit, Fitness Without Borders, promotes healthy lifestyles in underprivileged neighborhoods. She not only encourages mothers to be healthy, but she also fights against childhood obesity. Fitness Without Borders has several “no excuse” support groups throughout the country which consist of several different categories including “No Excuse Mom,” “No Excuse Dad,” and “No Excuse Kid.” The overall mission of Fitness Without borders is to promote healthy eating and a love of real, healthy food in American families.

Overall, Kang’s mission isn’t to shame anyone. She supports mothers and families in their journey to live a healthier lifestyle. On her website, there’s also a clear presence of diverse body types.

Whether you have ripped abs, a flat tummy or a little more junk in the trunk, there’s no reason not to love yourself. I consider myself very fortunate to have female role models of many different body types who are the epitome of confidence and grace.

Ideally, I’d like for women of all skin colors and body types to be represented in advertisements. I want to see women with badass scars,tattoos, and piercings. Many of these campaigns fail to address the truly unique body types that women have, but those women are still very real. You simply can’t put bodies into a black-and-white format, as if there’s a right and wrong way to have a body. So long as you are healthy and care for yourself, there’s no reason you should have to feel ashamed of your body.

Let us have cake

While I completely understand, agree with, and support the current trends of healthy living and eating habits that have become so entrenched in our society, I can’t help but wonder why some people take it too far.

I’m fairly healthy. I eat well, I work out every single day unless I just don’t feel like it. (Everybody has those days, even if you try to deny it.)

What I don’t understand are the people who are so obsessed with healthy habits that they judge others for eating a slice of pizza or chocolate cake every once in a while–or worse, the ones who judge people who are  “overweight.”How I hate that word. it’s just so judgmental.cake

Consider the lovely Valentine’s posterboard that was set up in the entrance of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for a solid few weeks. Itcondemned the consumption of anything “bad” for one’s health during Valentine’s Day, which  made no sense to me. “Calories don’t take a vacation?” Well, maybe calories don’t, but I surely do. If someone wants to buy me chocolate for Valentine’s Day, my birthday, or a Tuesday, I will happily consume said calories — and I refuse to feel bad about that.

There’s a difference between having sweets and fatty foods every once in a while (I indulge on special occasions, i.e. Valentine’s Day) and consuming a plethora of saturated fats every day.

But honestly, even if someone WANTS to consume saturated fats in excess every day, who are we to judge them or say something about it? Why are people so invested in what others decide to do? If someone is happy, why do we care to burst their bubble with our opinion? I’ve never understood why people judge other people based on what they eat, who they love, what they wear, ANYTHING. There have been so many rising incidents with eating disorders in college-agemales and females alike. I know this because I did a research paper on it. Eating disorders are caused by many things, including the eating habits of one’s peers and a lack of self-confidence or self-worth.

It’s very upsetting to me when people judge what other people eat because quite frankly, it’s none of their business. Let them have cake, cookies, muffins, a Whopper, whatever they please. You might be happier with yourself as soon as you stop being so critical of others.

Highlanders Anonymous: Is this real life?

“It’s been really hard to get exercise this semester. How can I find the time?”

“Physical exercise can relieve stress, so we’ve got to find time for it.” Photo by: Caroline Leggett

Exercise is very important, for both our physical and mental states.  Physical exercise can relieve stress, so it can be very important  to find time for it no matter how busy our schedules are. If you’re finding that it’s difficult to schedule a set time for exercise, you can always be a bit more spontaneous. Start by keeping exercise clothes on campus at all times. That way, whenever an opportunity arises, you will be ready. Leaving exercise clothes at home is one of the most common reasons to pass up a workout. Be prepared and I’m sure something will come up.

“What is the least embarrassing way to ask someone on a date?”

Do something special for this significant person and ask them when the time is right for you. Don’t push yourself before you’re ready, but don’t wait forever. Otherwise asking will become more and more difficult.

“How do I break it to my roommate that I don’t want to live with them anymore? I’d like to spare their feelings, but I’m so sick of them!”

If you’re really sick of someone, it’s only a matter of time before you say something you’ll regret. This whole process will come a lot easier if you’re more honest with yourself and your roommate. Until you’re able to get away, tell them if you are bothered by something they do so your problems don’t snowball into something crazy and dysfunctional. If those things aren’t working for you and you’ve made up your mind to get away , just tell them that you have found another living situation that will work better for you. It’s up to them whether they’re going to take this personally. There’s not much you can do about that.

“My room looks so boring. It makes me not want to have guests over. How can I make it nicer and more comfortable?”

Decoration is key here. Use mementos, art, and lighting to make your room more customized to suit your personality. A cheap way to do this is to buy string lights and posters of things you like. These items are found at most department stores. If you want to make your room more comfortable, consider setting up a sitting area . This could be a comfy reading chair, or just another place for guests to relax.

“Is this real life?”

It could be real life–or we could be in the Matrix.

Winter wishes ❄

I don’t know about you, but I’m not one for the cold.Let me rephrase that: I’m not one for the cold if there’s no snow.

Is there really a point in it being 15 degrees outside if there’s no pretty white precipitation falling from the sky or laying on the ground? No? I didn’t think so. What’s enjoyable about the cold without snow? Nothing…except maybe cuddling up to a warm fire with a cup of hot tea and an intriguing book.

Snow is something to look forward to in the winter. You look forward to lying out, going to the beach, relaxing in the pool, or floating down the river in summer. What’s there to look forward to in winter without snow? You can’t ski, snowboard, tube, or even go sledding without snow. Granted, people offer indoor ice-skating, if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where they have a rink. Let’s face it: winter is nothing but boring, cold, and dark without snow.

Besides it being ridiculously cold and pointless without snow, let’s talk about something else that’s ridiculous. I get that people get sun happy when the sun comes out when it’s 30 degrees outside. I also totally understand why people are so pumped about the new gym (I mean, come on, it’s awesome, clean, and you always have a place to run or lift or whatever you do). But one sunny day even when it’s 22 degrees out doesn’t give you the right to walk to the gym in your booty shorts (girls) or your cutoffs (guys). No one, I repeat, NO ONE feels bad when you walk across campus from Light Side to go running and you’re shivering because you have HALF of an outfit on. Please have some common sense. Sunshine does not always equal warmth. I know, being in my third year at RU, we can all agree on that last statement. Most of us have walked to class being blinded by the sun reflecting off  2 feet of snow. I can’t stand cold without snow and I can’t stand when people can’t grasp the concept that it’s BELOW freezing outside. So sleep with your pajamas inside out, flush ice cubes down your toilet, do a snow dance, I don’t care — just wish for snow with me please. And to those who think it’s “cool” or “fun” or “an adventure” to wear zero clothes to walk to the gym, wear some sweats or a hoodie. Didn’t your momma ever teach you that’s how you catch a cold? Oh, and don’t forget to cover your head; you don’t want to let all that heat escape.

Body-shaming has to stop

In many forms of media, it seems like there is a war against skinny girls. In Nicki Minaj’s song “Anaconda,” she talks down to “skinny bitches.” The same goes for one of my favorite songs of the moment, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. Although I get annoyed with how most modeling companies use anorexic-looking models exclusively, isn’t there a more productive way to promote a healthy body image?

I’ve always been rather slender. It’s just how I’m built. I don’t try to look this way with diet or exercise; I’m actually quite lazy. I always appreciated my fast metabolism even when it slowed down a bit. Although I’ve always been pretty comfortable with my body, I’ve never thought that being thin was superior to having more meat on my bones. There seems to be this movement going on that, on one side, is fighting against the “ideal” image of being thin. The downside of this movement is that it seems like many people feel that they have to choose a side. There’s one side that seems to support that cookie cutter image of being thin and then there’s another side that is so extremely against the other side that, in the process, they’ve started bashing skinny girls. But there’s a perfectly sound middle ground that we can all come to, if we try.

Happy woman on scale
“It seems to me that we’ve lost sight of what’s most important: promoting a healthy body image.”

It seems to me that we’ve lost sight of what’s most important: promoting a healthy body image. When I say “healthy body image,” I don’t mean you need to be a gym rat and be ultra-fit. A healthy body image, to me, is accepting your natural build. Although I wouldn’t encourage anyone to gorge themselves on Oreo’s, I think if you eat a well-balanced diet and are healthy, that’s the best you can ask for. Of course, you can strive to be ultra-fit if that’s what you want, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We all need to accept that there are many different body types, and there is no “perfect” body type. Whether you’re thin or whether you have a little more meat on your bones, as long as you’re healthy, keep being yourself and don’t let anyone convince you that you need to be fixed.

What I’m getting at here is that we should all support each other’s no matter who we are or the healthy decisions we make towards what we want to be. If a girl wants to lift and be muscular, more power to her! There’s no need to body-shame each other. We’ve all been tricked into competing with each other to try to be whatever it is that guys like. At the moment, girls seem to be obsessing over their, well, assets. I’m guilty of looking in the mirror to see how good my booty looks in my jeans before I leave the house. But we shouldn’t point fingers or discourage each other.

A healthy body image is important to a healthy life, so let’s all support each other and just strive to be ourselves. It’s hard enough to be a girl in today’s world, on top of the insecurities we make up for ourselves. Let’s not make it more difficult on each other, and let’s stop body-shaming.

Why you should be doing yoga

Yoga is a practice that’s been going on for thousands of years. It’s the best way to improve your flexibility and is fun, easy strength training. It’s not only a physical exercise, it’s a spiritual and mental exercise as well.

As someone who suffers from anxiety, yoga has helped me relax and feel more in tune with my body. I’ve only started doing yoga and it’s already so addictive and freeing to me. I’ve never been a very flexible person, but in the short time I’ve been practicing yoga, I’ve noticed a difference in what my body is capable of and how it feels.

Closing your eyes and just stretching is very relaxing, but it’s also a great way to get exercise. I went to a yoga class on campus and really enjoyed it. I just felt like I was stretching, but the next day I could tell my muscles had been worked by the slight soreness of my body. The teacher was very helpful and you could tell she was learning just as much as we were. She explained the muscles we needed to be working and what each pose did for your body.

“It’s the best way to improve your flexibility and is fun, easy strength training.”

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga class, I’ve found doing yoga by myself to be even more relaxing and beneficial. There are tons of videos of yoga sequences on YouTube that talk you through each pose. Once you watch one video a couple of times, doing the sequence on your own is usually very easy. The best part about doing yoga on your own time is that you can choose what area you want to work. If you want to work your abs, there are dozens of videos that will guide you through it.

I really hate running and going to the gym in general makes me want to cry. Yoga is a great way to get in shape without having to exhaust or embarrass yourself at the gym. Using your own body as weights instead of crushing yourself with a bar at the gym is really my kind of deal. Yoga is beneficial no matter your fitness level.

Yoga isn’t only a great way to get in shape, it’s very healing both mentally and physically. One of my biggest inspirations to start doing yoga was a video I watched over a year ago. In this video, an injured veteran who couldn’t walk without assistance and was morbidly obese starts doing yoga to get in shape. As you can see in the video, yoga helps him get his mobility back! It also helps him lose weight, as he becomes able to run and do other exercises. I’ve always had a bad back- my spine has always stuck out a little further than those of other people’s and I have terrible posture. My hope is that yoga will help me improve my posture and back.

Some may prefer other methods of getting in shape, but in the short time I’ve been doing yoga, it’s made a difference. I really recommend it for anyone like me who’s had a hard time finding an exercise method that they can enjoy. The most important thing is not to get discouraged. Some people are naturally flexible and will be able to do more advanced poses very quickly. If you can’t do these poses, it’s okay! The point is to take small steps until you can do more difficult poses. By taking small baby steps every day, you will eventually achieve your goals and be amazed at what you are capable of.

How to survive an 8 a.m. (without more sleep)

The obvious solution to the drudgery of an 8 a.m. class is going to sleep earlier — but let’s be real here. Most college students are lucky if they go to sleep by midnight. Dividing your time between a job, a social life and schoolwork leaves very little time for more “optional” things like sleeping and eating healthy. While more sleep is definitely recommended, most college students will admit that it’s also highly unlikely. With that in mind, here are some tips to get a good grade in that early morning class. Continue reading How to survive an 8 a.m. (without more sleep)

Why sports are important

Throughout the semester, we are being mentally tested so often we sometimes forget about our physical health. It’s important to remember that exercise is critical to our overall well-being and health. Exercise has been shown to improve stamina, prevent disease, enhance flexibility, control body weight, develop muscles, and improve the quality of your life.

So what are some ways you can incorporate exercise into your life and have fun while doing it? Continue reading Why sports are important

Balanced body, balanced you: Tips to a happier and healthier lifestyle

Like many students at Radford University, I took a vow for the new year to improve my body. I decided instead of losing that gut or those thunder thighs, I would instead work on my thumbs. I don’t know how to explain this, but ever since I upgraded to a iPhone, my thumbs have also gained some extra pounds. I can no longer just hit the “b” key; I end up hitting the “lyuf” key. Whenever I text someone “want to hang out,” I always end up sending “eant yo hang oup?” These mistakes I blame upon my overweight thumbs.

A thumb that does not stay on just one button. Image from Creative Commons.
A thumb that does not stay on just one button. Image from Creative Commons.

In all seriousness, many students have started the trek of losing weight or trying to improve themselves. In my opinion, one must follow five easy rules in order to succeed into looking like a less-hot Megan Fox. Continue reading Balanced body, balanced you: Tips to a happier and healthier lifestyle

Generation stress

Americans ages 18 to 33 are more stressed-out than previous generations, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association. More than 52 percent of folks in this age range said their sleep had been interfered with by “overwhelming worry” within the past month.

On a scale from one to ten, one being “little to no stress” and ten being “a great deal of stress,” Millenials (ages 18 to 33) averaged 5.4, matched only by members of Generation X (ages 34 to 47). By contrast, Boomers (ages 48 to 66) averaged 4.7 on the scale, and Matures (ages 67 and older) take it down another notch to 3.7. Despite the tendency for stress to decrease with age, Americans of all ages say they experience more stress than they feel is healthy. Continue reading Generation stress

Dean Karnazes: Ultramarathon man

When Marvel first introduced Wolverine into the Marvel universe, they had no idea they were actually predicting the mutant abilities of extreme athlete, Dean Karnazes. In 1974, Karnazes was an awkward pre-adolescent track star just like any kid with a freak mutant ability, seemingly stuck somewhere between “girls are kind of icky” and “girls are kind of cool.” Before he resolved this great dilemma, he first decided to (thankfully) use his powers of extreme endurance for good, not evil. The world is a safer place. Continue reading Dean Karnazes: Ultramarathon man

RU fit?

College students are more known for their love of video games and consumption of Ramen noodles than for workouts and salads. The stereotype of a “college kid” is that of a young adult so consumed with either academics or partying that he or she has no time to even think about living healthfully.

While it’s true that one’s schedule can easily fill up with classes, club meetings and homework, it’s unfortunate when students disregard their physical and mental well-being in order to keep up with the hectic pace of college life. Continue reading RU fit?

Working out improves muscle memory

If you’re having trouble learning and retaining new skills, science may have found a solution. It turns out hopping on a treadmill can build your “muscle memory” the same way you would build actual muscles. Sounds crazy, but according to a new study by scientists at the University of Copenhagen, it’s not such a far fetched idea. Continue reading Working out improves muscle memory

Going the distance: Why I run

I come from a long line of runners. My grandfather took up the habit when he quit smoking over twenty years ago and celebrates his birthday by running the number of minutes that equals his new age (for reference, he just turned 82). My parents discovered a common interest in running while they were dating. I’ve been running, more or less regularly, since the age of 12. My brother and I go for runs several times a week, half-jokingly comparing our times and routes. Continue reading Going the distance: Why I run