Health and Fitness Blog: Fight off the Freshman 15

Everyone at one point in time entering university has probably heard of the infamous “freshman 15,” the so-called 15 pounds first-year students often gain. So how can you—a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman—avoid said 15 pounds? How can you stay healthy throughout the entire school year? It’s actually pretty simple. Eat a well-rounded diet and exercise. Before we get to the tips, let’s address a few things. Being healthy is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise, so believe it or not, but consuming your weight in alcohol and following that with a basket of chicken wings will not be balanced out by a bottle of water and 30 minutes of running the next day. Lastly, slimness isn’t the same […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Overcoming treadmill anxiety

The fear of treadmills spans a broad range of fitness levels. Whether you are new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, at the surface, treadmills just seem insane. If you hate running, why would you pick a treadmill over a bike or an elliptical? If you like running, why would you not be outside? Yet there are tons of people who run on treadmills. We see them all the time! So there must be something compelling about them, right? Here’s some insight into the treadmill lover’s mind: You can always back off the treadmill (carefully) The first point on treadmills is that they are usually located in the midst of other cardio machines. This means that if the first two […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Biking in the cyclist capital

I was a stubborn kid. Really—I feel bad for my parents, because you couldn’t get me to do anything. Want me to eat that pasta? I threw it on the floor. Learn how to ride a bike? Didn’t want to—so, I didn’t. I continued this well into my teens, pretty much accepting that biking was something I would never learn. I wouldn’t need to, right? I had made it this far. There were a couple of moments, like in grade three when we went on a class trip to a mock town that we were supposed to bike around. I just kept two feet on the ground, pushing myself forward. When I was 14, I sort of learned, practicing a […]

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Health and fitness blog: Running is the new coffee

The one thing more stressful than exam time is the few weeks before them—the week after reading week, when midterms appear out of nowhere and your only contact is with everything caffeinated. But say goodbye to caffeine and hello to a new pair of sneakers because running is the new coffee. A recent study conducted by the University Of Georgia’s department of exercise induced subjects with anxiety through a caffeine pill in order to test their psychological and mood symptoms after resting or exercising for an hour. The study found the subjects who exercised were three times more likely to be relieved from their anxiety than the ones who rested. Ever been in an exam when you were confronted with […]

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Letter: The “dadbod” should not be glorified

Men everywhere are sighing in relief at the popularity of the dadbod. This term was coined by a Clemson University student named Mackenzie Pearson in an article for The Odyssey, an alternative media outlet. In the article, Pearson describes this body type by saying, “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.” It’s apparently used to describe a man who’s not overweight, but doesn’t put much effort into his body either. The phenomenon has since exploded, even reigniting the body acceptance dialogue, this time slanted towards men. While we should respect everybody’s bodies, this new trend on men should not be glorified. Male advocates […]

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