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{May 29, 2012}   Getting back on the horse

I haven’t posted in far too long. I sprained my ankle working out, causing not only a loss of exercise time for the last couple of weeks, but a profound loss of motivation. While I couldn’t do my usual workouts, I found myself unmovtivated in other areas of my life. I realized that having that exercise routine made me more organized, more focused, and more able to reach my goals. Without that motivation I used to have, skipping ab and arm workouts became much easier. But my ankle is mostly back to normal, and I am more than ready to get back on track with my routine. Everybody loses motivation sometimes;¬†I am a perfect example of this. But I am going to make time to bring those workouts back and motivate myself to continue. How do you keep yourself motivated?

{May 8, 2012}   Forbidden Foods

There’s that little corner of everybody’s pantry with the forbidden foods, the ones we tell ourselves we can’t eat because they’re too “bad” for us. But here’s something many people may not know: a lot of those so-called “bad” foods have actually just gotten a bad rap. Here are a few you should consider adding back into your diet, or at least back into your “good” pile:

1. Nuts. They are oftentimes high in fat and calories, but this snack is chock full of nutrients. You don’t have to eat a lot to get their value. Try adding them into a trail mix for a powerful midday snack.

2. Avocados. They’re very high in fat, causing many people to put them aside for times of weakness only. But much of the fat is actually “good” fat and can help reduce the risk for heart disease and some forms of cancer. Not only that, but it boasts high fiber, potassium and vitamins.

3. Cheese. Many people assume that cheese is just too fatty to be considered acceptable for a diet. But by eliminating it, you are also losing the calcium and positive nutrients it has to offer. The best way to keep cheese in your diet is to figure out which varieties will satisfy your craving and deliver the greatest health benefit.

Now go into your pantry (or fridge), pull out one of those so-called “bad” foods and make a healthy meal. Happy eating ūüôā

{February 15, 2012}   Making the right choices

Eating healthy does not have to mean removing¬†everything but green vegetables from your diet. It means making the right choices to keep your weight in check and your overall health at its best. Here are a few tips to make the transition to healthy eating a bit easier: Firstly, try to replace soda and juice with water, which will quench your thirst without packing on the calories. Juice may seem like a healthy option, but it’s very high in calories and sugar, so be careful. As college students, it may be hard to limit your alcohol intake, but just that simple change can make a huge difference in the amount of calories you consume in a given week. Sweets are something many of us simply cannot live without. To satisfy that craving, reach for an apple or orange instead.¬†For a healthy midday sweet treat, try a yogurt. Many of us are tempted to eat when we see others eating, but remember: only eat if you’re hungry. College is home to snackers, me included. When you’re doing homework, it’s all too easy to reach for a bag of chips to get you through. But trust me: your eyes will always be hungrier than your stomach. If you really are hungry and want to stave off some calories, try drinking hot tea. Hot liquids are filling and, while it won’t fill you up completely, it will hold you over until your next meal. With the right choices, you can make healthy eating a way of life.

{February 14, 2012}   Seeing the real you

Everyone has insecurities. Each day we scrutinize ourselves, trying desperately to determine what’s wrong with our appearances and how that inherent flaw can be corrected. I’m no exception. Every time I pass the mirror I catch myself quickly examining the image in front of me. Do I look fat? Is my hair out of place? Oftentimes, in our zeal to point out our negative qualities, we lose sight of what makes us unique. Dieting can be dangerous¬†because it can¬†make us go overboard in our quests for “the perfect body.” Dr. Jamie Fenton, Psychologist and Coordinator of Eating Disorder Services at Towson University’s Counseling Center, says “Many people begin diets because they have a poor body image. They strive to lose weight as a method of feeling better about themselves and their bodies, operating under what we call the fantasy of thinness-that one‚Äôs life will be perfect at a low weight or thin body.” Dr. Fenton also stresses that not only is dieting normally ineffective¬†(“95% of dieters regain the weight and more within one to five years”) but it is also extremely dangerous, as it can lead to eating disorders. Being healthy means making the right choices on a day-to-day permanent basis. Instead of crash diets and weight loss pills, try making healthy choices every day. Work out as a part of your weekly routine. And most importantly, learn to see yourself in a positive light. As Dr. Fenton says, “Your body is a part of you but not all of you.” Being healthy starts on the inside.

{February 9, 2012}   The importance of workout buddies

The first day of my new workout routine, which happened to be the third day back at school, I went to the gym alone. It wasn’t my choice; my class schedule just didnt mesh with my friends’. So, at 10 in the morning, I walked to the gym, confident that my semester would be a fit and trim one. And then I got on the elliptical. Working out by yourself can be effective, and even fun, but without someone there to motivate you, it is oftentimes harder than it has to be. Workout buddies are important for a number of reasons. They are there with you to share in the pain of your first workout in far too long, and to encourage you when you feel like calling it quits. When you work out alone, there’s no one there to push you to try your best or meet your goal.¬†¬†You have no one to motivate you and no one to impress. The Fit Food Junkie blog gives similar tips and, in the¬†post linked to above, talks about the importance of working out with friends. To truly be successful in¬†a diet and exercise regimen, or even to just make healthy choices, having a friend beside you is invaluable. in the So the next time you hit the gym or endure the last salad you think you can stomach, have a friend¬†or two¬†come along for moral support. Who knows, they might just learn from your example and make some healthier choices themselves.

Eating healthy is more than just a dietary fad or a way to lose weight: it really is a way of life, and a smart one at that. As a college student, I can relate to how difficult it can be to stay in shape during the semester. Stress can come in all shapes and forms. From midterms to job interviews,¬†worry and tension seem to be constant companions.¬†In college especially, such¬†stress combined with awkward schedules leaves little time for working out, and seemingly too much time for snacking. For the next few months,¬†I’m going to be experimenting with the best new ways of healthy living, from eating options to fitness routines. I hope you’ll stick around for the ride, as I uncover the easiest, most student-friendly ways to stay healthy and in-shape. During our fitness journey, check out the Health.com Fitness Blog. This blog¬†is a one-stop-shop for¬†everything health and fitness, from¬†proper workout attire to the best way to do pilates.¬†With the right motivation and resources,¬†a healthier you (and me) could be right around the corner!

{December 8, 2011}   College Students Giving Back

With the stress of finals looming, many college students have difficulty finding time to dedicate to community service. But some students¬†have found a balance between studying and giving back, and continue to make a difference in their communities throughout the school year. Read more…

Towson University students were very excited to move into the new West Village Complex at the start of this semester. However, the prices of the Commons convenience store are causing some students ample frustration. Listen to the story here or read the story here.

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