Don’t Stress About It

With midterms fast approaching, the temperature dropping, and sickness spreading all over campus, stress levels can be at an all time high. The article, Exercise For Stress and Anxiety, discusses various mental advantages that can be achieved through moderate exercise and activity.  Exercise can reduce stress, increase alertness, and decrease fatigue. A quick gym session can be the perfect study break when you start to feel stressed out and unfocused.  Physical activity allows the release of dopamine in the brain, which can be just what  you need to get back to the books and stay focused for the night.  The link below includes more information on stress and exercise, as well as some tips for exercising in the cold weather that is approaching.

http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/managing-anxiety/exercise-stress-and-anxiety

“What’s on Your Plate?”: Health and Wellness Expo

On Saturday, September 13th, the  RMU Office of Student and Civic Engagement and Bobby Catley hosted a Health and Wellness Expo held in the Sewall Center on campus.  The event was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Fittsburgh; co-hosted by Campus Recreation.  The expo hosted 75 venders and was held from 11-3pm.  Admission was free and the opportunities for free samples, coupons, health screenings, and door prizes were abundant.  Interactive experiences were available as well; some venders performed live cooking demonstrations and others performed Zumba and exercise routines.  A good number of both members of the surrounding community as well as RMU students showed up to the event.  Some venders included local food and health establishments, while others represented online businesses.  For students, the expo served as a good opportunity to gain some knowledge, as well as potentially network and speak with some venders in different fields (not to mention some free stuff)!

10 Tips for Healthy Eating in College

Here’s just a few easy steps that will help the average, busy college students make some quick improvements in their diet.  Too much fast and unhealthy foods can leave us feeling sluggish and unmotivated.  A few simple steps such as eating a quick breakfast and drinking more water can help students feel less stressed and provide the body with more energy.  The link to the article provides 10 easy to follow tips that will help improve your diet.  Try slowly adding 2-3 of these steps to your diet each week.   

http://www.clarke.edu/page.aspx?id=6510

Get Your Head In the Game

The article, “Don’t Even Think About It,” explains why mental toughness is so important and is such a valuable asset to championship athletes. This article includes strategies for getting through the tough days of training, controlling your thoughts during competition, and the anxiety that comes with game day.  Techniques such as pre-game rituals, self-talk, and visualization are also discussed as useful mechanisms for allowing athletes to perform at their full potential. Many of these strategies are mentioned and elaborated upon in an interview with Garret Weber-Gale (an Olympic swimmer), included in the article.   

http://www.utexas.edu/features/2008/11/24/athletes_minds/

 

 

Beat the “Freshman 15″

Welcome Back! As many of us have been enjoying our summer and vacations away, we are probably not leaping at the thought of starting classes again, let alone establishing a diet and exercise routine for the semester.  Luckily, our exercise and diet routines do not have to be as extensive as we may think in order to prevent us from gaining weight in college.  The link posted to the article, “Beating the Freshman 15″ includes likely explanations as to why people gain weight in college and provides a few quick, easy fixes to everyday activities that nearly everyone can accomplish.  Just doing things like cutting down the Ben and Jerry’s binges to only once a week, taking the stairs in Nicholson instead of the elevator, and getting an extra hour or two of sleep can not only prevent the pounds, but also give us more energy(for studying all night of course)! Check out the link below for some useful tips.

http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/college/freshman_15.html#