It seems like everyone in the world has the same New Years Resolution: to exercise more, become “thin” and eat healthier. Starting New Year’s Day, the gym is packed and every treadmill is full; but this trend seems to stop around the second week of January. An extremely important concept we tend to overlook is moderation. Instead of binge working out for two weeks and then stopping, you should make a plan that will allow you to reach your goals of becoming healthy and happy!
We tend to focus too much on ourselves and how skinny we are or aren’t, and in reality being skinny shouldn’t be our main focus. As students we need to be healthy and happy in order to succeed. And while body image and confidence are an important part of who we are, it is imperative to keep in mind that no one is perfect, and we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves.
I mentioned this earlier, but one of the most important concepts to grasp in life is moderation. It doesn’t do us any justice to go crazy and fail at keeping a specific regimen. Instead, ease your way into a healthier lifestyle, and allow for some “cheating” here and there. This is where my first tip comes in, make healthy choices and start your day off right with breakfast. Whether you grab a Kind Bar on your way out, or have oatmeal – you want to start your day with protein so that you’ll have the energy to get through classes and homework. I know – it’s hard to find time to eat when it seems like you barely have enough time to complete your work. But, taking a break for a snack, or snacking while you work will only help increase your focus and will also give you an energy boost. Almonds are one of the best snacks for helping you concentrate; they have tons of protein, giving you not only a boost in energy, but they also help repair brain cells!
Being healthy has so many more benefits than helping you slim down- and wait – there’s a surprise! The healthier you are, chances are the better you will feel – especially about the way you look. Eating healthy gives us the energy we need to get through our toughest days, keeps our immune systems strong, and keeps us looking good.
As college students, we are tired, hungry and stressed all of the time, so it’s extremely important that we workout and eat well so that we can decrease these ill side effects and succeed with academics. One of the best stress relievers is working out. Whether you go for a run, walk, take a yoga class or bike, I can guarantee that you will be able to clear your mind and feel refreshed after your workout. Exercising gives you a break from schoolwork, allows you to focus on yourself, and clears your mind – all while getting fit!
Here are some local exercise classes and gyms to keep you sane, happy and healthy in 2016!
College of Charleston Fitness Center- The new gym under CCA Apartments is free of cost, and provides so many opportunities for workout newbies. There are so many different cardio machines that allow those who hate to run to get in an enjoyable cardio workout! Not to mention you can pay $40 for a semester to have an unlimited access to various fitness classes there.
Raising the Barre- If you like bar method or pure barre, but are on a tight budget, this is perfect for you! Right now, Raising the Barre on East Bay Street is offering 3 barre classes for $15. If you’re looking to change it up or try something new, this is the perfect opportunity!
Charleston Power Yoga – Gives students 20% discount, provides a challenging, refreshing workout that relieves stress and sends you off into a better place mentally than when you walked in the door. Every Wednesday afternoon, CPY opens up their doors at 2:30 p.m. for a FREE yoga class!
Pure Barre- Located on Market Street, offers various class times per day, making it easy to fit into your schedule. Leave feeling accomplished and ready to tackle any obstacle that comes your way
Crossfit Discovery- Crossfit is one of the most trending workout regimens today, it is known to bring athletes to their breaking point and aids in mental and physical strength.