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11/Sep/2018

Tips for your Good Health

#1. Eat Better
College students are victimized by eating on the run, whether it be a quick bite at the Wright Place between classes or indulging in a tasty Big Mac. Rarely do college students pay attention to the food pyramid or whether or not they eat enough fruit and vegetables. In fact, many new dieting phenomena, such as the Atkins Diet, encourage elimination of important food groups, such as carbohydrates, as a substitute for weight loss via monitoring what you eat and exercise.
“The University attempts to provide a nutritious diet, but college students go for what tastes good and is easy. Usually, that is a bag of chips or a candy bar instead of a well-balanced meal,” said Matt Cook, junior biology major.
Eating properly will not only help you look better but will improve your overall quality of life because your body will be supplied with the nutrients it needs to function normally.

#2. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Drinking large quantities of alcohol can wreak havoc on your body. All types of alcohol, especially beer, are full of empty calories. Beer is loaded with empty calories caused by an excessive amount of carbohydrates, which are stored as fat in the body and result in the “beer belly.”
If eliminating drinking is not in your future, drinking light beer will significantly mitigate the effect of beer’s carbohydrates. Most companies market light beer with significantly reduced crabs. Michelob Ultra, for example, only has 2.6 grams of carbohydrates per beer.

#3. Cut Down On Stress
Stress is probably the most important health concern among college students. In fact, it is the underlying cause of the health obstacles that students face. Stress produces many undesirable effects in your body. Insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches, sexual dysfunction and immune deficiency can all usually be traced back to enduring excessive amounts of stress.
The key to reducing stress is incorporating enjoyable activities into your day and refusing to bite off more than you can chew. “No,” is a word that probably ought to be used more by college students. But because of pressure to achieve, students try to do too much and as a result, are stressed.

#4. Reduce Caffeine Intake
Many students use caffeine to stay awake and get an energy boost to function. Besides the fact that soft drinks are loaded with empty calories, excessive caffeine consumption may cause “coffee jitters,” insomnia and temporarily increase heart rate. According to information obtained from Dining Services, the easiest way to cut caffeine out of your diet is to gradually remove it, drink decaffeinated coffee and drink more water.

#5. Exercise
Exercising regularly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your body’s performance optimal. Exercising 3-4 times per week keeps your muscles peaked and increases your body’s immune system. Most importantly, it helps keep your weight down so walking on the beach during spring break won’t be an embarrassment.

#6. Use Proper Protection in the Sun
College students are generally apathetic about skin care in the sun, but in the brutally hot Carolina summers, it’s important to apply sunscreen when staying out in the sun for more than 20 minutes at a time. Wearing sunscreen will reduce the risk of developing sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.

#7. Get More Sleep
When homework and exams pile up, the only way most students can find to gain extra time is by cutting back on sleep. Sleeping on a regular schedule is important because it enables the body to recuperate and prevents fatigue, irritability and the inability to concentrate. While most college students sleep about six hours per night, it’s recommended that the average adult gets seven to eight hours of R&R for maximum performance.

#8. Develop Better Study Habits
Developing good study habits is of particular concern because it’s an easy way to achieve stress relief and maintain a balanced schedule.
“Good study habits aren’t usually thought of as a health concern, but if students adopt proper study habits, come exam time in April, students will be a lot less stressed,” said Ty wanna Jeffrey, assistant director for wellness education.

#9. Lose Weight
Being overweight is a risk factor for developing many diseases. The incidence of high blood pressure, cardiac disease and diabetes increases among overweight people. Determining whether or not you are overweight is easier than ever with quick indicators such as the Body Mass Index. Fortunately, losing weight is easier than ever due to increased understanding of dieting techniques and exercise. While students turn to means such as smoking to control their weight, such unhealthy techniques should be avoided.

#10. Get an Annual Physical
Whether or not you feel like you are in the best shape of your life, getting a yearly physical is highly recommended. Many STD s, especially in females, are asymptomatic and can result in increased incidence of ovarian cancer and sterility. Males ages 18-35 are at an increased risk of developing testicular cancer. Getting a yearly physical is the most reliable way to avoid health problems, especially those that aren’t visible to the untrained eye.


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10/Sep/2018

Do’s & Don’ts of Fitness

There are plenty of articles telling you how to get fit, but what about things you shouldn’t be doing to accomplish this goal? Healthy and fit individuals follow certain strategies to achieve results and maintain their bodies. What exactly are they not doing that you can learn from to get fit?

 

Do’s

  • Write down your fitness goals. You’re more likely to stick with a program once you have set some specific goals.
  • Assess your current fitness level before starting an exercise program. By doing so, you’ll be able to establish goals that meet your specific fitness needs.
  • Consider talking with your health care provider before embarking on a fitness program, particularly if you are struggling with a health condition such as diabetes or obesity.
  • Always warm-up before your workout and cool down afterward.
  • Don’t overdo it! Try doing too much at once and you’ll burn out swiftly. Slowly increase the intensity of your workouts.
  • Diversify your workout routine. If you do the same exercises day after day, you’ll quickly tire and are more likely to skip workouts.
  • Work out with a friend. You’ll help motivate each other.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workouts.
  • Start small. Aim for just 10-15 minutes of exercise when you’re just starting out.

 

Don’ts

1. Procrastinate
Waiting wastes your time and negatively affects your health. If you want to get fit, it will take action starting now and not tomorrow. Fit individuals don’t wait around for things to happen, they make fitness results happen.

2. Make Excuses
Excuses don’t burn calories or improve your health. You want to improve your fitness but keep coming up with reasons not to do the work. Fit people understand the importance of their health and make it a priority.

3. Go on a Diet
Going on a diet only provides short-term results and lots of frustration. Weight loss may happen initially but returns, plus some, when the diet is over. Getting fit requires a nutrition lifestyle change and this means eating right, not eating less.

4. Bash Yourself
Negative self-talk and body shaming aren’t beneficial to you or your fitness. You desire to look good but aren’t able to accept who you are now while working on the body you want. Getting healthy requires a positive attitude and self-acceptance every step of the fitness journey.

5. Avoid Making Health and Fitness a Priority
Not making fitness a priority is a big reason you’re not seeing results. You want to be fit but not willing to take the time to eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest. There is always something more important than you. Fit individuals see the value of health improvement and make the time to live a healthy lifestyle.

6. Compare Your Progress
Your fitness results will differ from another. Constantly comparing your body and fitness program with your friend or whoever can lead to frustration, disappointment, and even quitting. Fit people focus on their own body, progress, and do what works best for them.

7. Get Fit for Others
Getting fit to please someone else is not really taking care of you for you. Others can disappoint you and even make you feel bad about fitness efforts. The reason to get fit and feel good is a decision fit people make for themselves for their own happiness and health.

8. Expect Instant Results
Fitness results take some time but you’re not willing to wait for realistic results. You continue to get upset and jump from program to program believing false guarantees. Fit individuals maintain a relaxed mindset, trust the process, and realize getting healthy is a consistent process that requires patience.

9. Focus on Slipups
You are more focused on slipups like eating a cookie instead of celebrating daily fitness efforts. You’re unable to accept slipups are part of the program. You put yourself through so much food guilt, enjoying a fit lifestyle can feel like a burden. Those who live a fit lifestyle understand it’s not perfect, do their best each day, focus on the positive, and enjoy cheat meals as part of a balanced healthy life.

10. Fear Trying New Things
Doubt and fear steal more dreams than failure ever will. You want to get fit but fear the gym environment, being around new people, and trying new things in general. This becomes your scapegoat or excuse for not getting involved in a fitness program. Fit people will try new things even if they feel scared or intimidated because they understand the health benefits gained are life-long compared to a temporary feeling.

11. Sabotage Your Program
Your fitness program is easily sabotaged by your own choices or the influence of others. Skipping workouts becomes more frequent, and eating healthy, not consistent. You started strong but are really not taking your fitness seriously. Those maintaining fit and healthy bodies keep their exercise appointments and eat healthy at least 80% of the time.

12. Give Up
If you stop now, what was it all for in the first place? You are unhappy about lots of things including not seeing results, exercise, and probably a restrictive diet. Instead of trying a better strategy, your choice is to return to unhealthy habits. Giving up is not respecting your body or your health. Fit people never give up and if something isn’t working, they keep trying until they find what does work.


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