Sunday, September 27, 2009
Group conditioning classes, held outdoors and often in the early mornings, and involve "logs, wheelbarrow and sandbags as circuit machines, Pilates equipment and other gym staples."
The low-tech devices, some of which is borrow from the Soviet Union, and medicine balls, which the trainers make by filling "an animal bladder with water or sand" revert back to workouts before the four-minute workout was invented.
Could a shift back to older devices have something to do with the downward shift in the economy? Could the "classic" workout bring comfort to those reminiscing about the old days?
Many people have traded in their cars for bicycles, not only saving money on gas, car payments and insurance but getting a cardio workout on the way to the office.
The workout group economically turned a "parking lot into a workout facility" with no "airconditioning and no heater." A client researched classic boot camp-style workouts after watching the popular reality show "The Biggest Loser."
Whatever the reason, flipping a "big, old tractor tire and a sledgehammer" will work every body who dares to try the feat.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The news is music to my ears, and lungs for that matter. Just this evening, I was walking home from my anthropology class enjoying the fresh nighttime air in The Plaza of the Americas.
Much to my dismay, a fellow walker's cigarette smoke got caught in the wind and billowed its way up my nostrils.
This was not a pleasant way to start off the weekend.
The July 1 campus-wide ban will include all types of tobacco.
According to the Independent Florida Alligator, 64 percent of student voters approved the ban during the previous spring semester.
Tobacco-Free Together, an organization that is part of the Health Science Center and ShandsHealthcare, will provide information about "counseling services, self-help materials and medicines to help smokers and tobacco-users quit successfully," which can be accessed on their Web site.
Gainesville was recognized as the healthiest community in America. A smoking ban could do nothing but keep the college town in top health for years to come.
More information about the ban and resources to break an addictive habit can be found here.
*Note: This may not be the newest of news for Gainesville readers, but I was reminded about this great news in one of my morning classes.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
As I recollected the previous evening's events, which I spent tossing and turning and becoming entangled within bedsheets, I perused Anahod O'Connor New York Times article, which can be found here, where he discussed the topic.
Flu season is drawing near. Shots are $5 at the Student Health Care Center on campus. Advertisements for medicines to fight the illness are filling primetime cable slots.
O'Connor wrote that "studies have demonstrated that poor sleep and susceptibility go hand in hand, and [that] scientists think it could be a reflection of the role sleep plays in maintaining the body's defenses."
As a college student, we often get less than ideal amounts of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation states that as adults (being over 18 years of age), that we need 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
Combine those 7-9 hours with school - homework and studying included, working and socializing with friends, and it seems fairly difficult to meet the bare minimum amount of required sleep.
I polled fellow students to see if the amount of sleep they got on an average night met these requirements.
On most weekdays, it was common to see they would fall asleep anywhere between 1 and 2 a.m., and woke up around 8 a.m. the next morning, averaging about six hours of sleep.
All students fell below the average, and all students claimed they felt groggy for up to three hours after waking.
With the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, running rampant around college campuses, getting the proper amount of sleep is something students should consider.
O'Connor's bottom line: Research suggests that poor sleep can increase susceptibility to colds.
More time between the sheets each night equals less time sneezing through Kleeenex as the temperatures drop.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The Tuesday night show is shaping up to be another season filled with contestants' struggles, painful stories and ultimately, their completion of a major goal: losing a butt-load of weight.
It amazes me to think about the holistic lifestyle change contestants undergo. Many of the contestants lost up to eighteen pounds in only one week.
Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels truly understand the keys to a worthwhile workout and subsequent weight loss.
Harper, 44, claims that the key to weight loss is to eat a pre-workout snack, as he suggested in the video of this Shine article.
The video and the article made me question: if you are trying to lose weight, will consuming calories in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner prevent you from weight loss?
While he suggests consume one hundred-calories snacks, at the end of the day, the handfuls add 700 additional calories at the least to your weekly allotment of calories.
The average 30-minute workout on a treadmill burns approximately 350 calories, and with the additional snack, an gym-goer loses some of their efforts spent on the track.
The extra snack may be the correct method for some exercisers.
However, Time Magazine's theory suggests that what you eat will affect weight loss more than hours spent regretting the super-sized meal had for dinner as a treadmill rotates underneath pounding Nikes.
Should dieters believe in the traditional "eat less and exercise more," or tack on an additional hundred calories or so each day in the hopes they will have more energy for their workouts?
*Side note: I am ALL for proper eating. However, I think that eating additional amounts of food, especially very large snacks, just to try to exercise in order to lose weight may not be the best practice. This is only my opinion. If you are exercising for recreational purposes and need a snack before a game, so be it. All I am saying is I believe that eating more to work out to lose weight may not be a successful expenditure for everyone, as I've learned from personal experience.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Mmm... Wholly Guacamole, Pinot Grigio, and (hidden, but a recent purchase) International Deight Coffee Creamer in my favorite flavor: pumpkin pie spice - hello, fall!
3. My Green Monster and I took a lovely, light study break reading Fitness Magazine on my couch. Soon after, it was back to work.
Post-Post Edit:) When I was writing my blog earlier today, the screen kept flashing "error" across the top of my computer screen.
I thought this was a really interesting addition to my last blog about Jillian Michaels's diet pills that Caitlin pointed out.
As an aspiring writer, I think it is more than fair that Jillian gets to express her point of view, even if it is through the blog world.
Don't forget, The Biggest Loser premieres tomorrow night on NBC at 8 p.m. (for all of the Eastern Time Zone-ers:)
Hope everyone is having a nice day!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I was so disappointed to find out that this wasn't just a Facebook gimmick.
The Biggest Loser trainer is actually marketing a diet pill program, the EXTREME QUICKSTART Rapid Weight Loss Program.
Was she not a proponent of "eat less, exercise more" when it comes to weight loss? Or was that just a facade used to gain contestants and television viewers?
Whatever happened to losing extra pounds the old-fashioned way?
It kind of feels as if yet another healthy-living role model has fallen to the wayside.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
In honor of the date, 9-09-09, she listed nine things she loves, and I decided to do the same.
1. My family and friends, I couldn't imagine living without them!
2. My health, even though I take it for granted most of the time.
3. That I'll earn a degree from UF in less than a year (mid-life crisis mode) and have the skills set to move out of the state, and maybe even out of the country.
4. Access to gyms and trails, one that literally starts right outside of my door.
5. That I got accepted for an internship during spring semester with March of Dimes, an amazing organization.
6. The ability to travel, being thankful for the places I've been and the people I've met abroad.
7. Watching trashy television in sweatpants on a rainy day.
8. Music that perfectly fits the mood you're in.
9. Clearwater Beach and everything that makes it wonderful: white (somewhat fake) sand, all of the Frenchy's restaurants and water perfect for swimming!
Monday, September 7, 2009
I had errands to run at my local Target today, and stumbled across a guilty indulgence, the last on the shelves of its kind. Only, its nutritional stats were surprisingly light.
Cinnabon: a whopping 730-calorie cinnamon roll adorned with cream cheese-flavored icing.
Kellogg's, the creator of breakfast favorites like Special K, Pop-Tarts and Rice Krispies, has come out with Cinnabon Snack Bars, a deliciously flavorful alternative to its sinful twin sister.
Its nutritional information:
Thursday, September 3, 2009
A time to enjoy the final days of summer, before the true start of fall in Florida. The temperature dropped today to a bone-chilling 89 degrees Farenheit:)
As relaxing as the holiday is, it unfortunately puts a large amount of stress on our bodies. Many people choose to celebrate the day with barbecues and a few cocktails.
To lighten up your Labor Day calorie load, check out these lighter recipes that EatingWell Magazine compiled.
In other food news, the socially-conscious company Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream came out with a new flavor: Hubby Hubby, that highlights the company's support of marriage equality.
Ben and Jerry's new flavor is nothing less than delectable.
It starts with a vanilla-malt ice cream base, and fudge-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels and additional chunks of fudge and peanut butter are scattered throughout the company's traditional pints.
I highly recommend you sample the flavor:)
Hope you have a nice holiday weekend!