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Other Pesky Issues: To gym it or Not and is that person checking me out?!

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

  Amanda Bynes famously Tweeted “twerk.” I am not sure if Bynes twerks  to burn off extra calories on the side (ignoring her musing, whimsical tweets) but she is in decent health. For those of you who don’t know the twerk it’s basically you shaking and tilting your derriere nonstop for approximately 30 seconds. It is a dance craze that has its origins from the deep south.  I’m not endorsing you twerk yourself skinny, but an active lifestyle is both beneficial to your body and mind.

   College can take a positive or negative toll on your body depending on your approach. If you sit around your comforter for hours until your classes begins wearing pajama pants and eating away Nutella you will gain weight–not 3 pounds but think more alongside Kirstie Alley pre and post Jenny Craig. On the other hand, if you’re running, cycling, swimming, or briskly walking you will keep off those freshman 15 pounds and will avoid awkward questions that are obviously meant to point out, as if you didn’t know yourself, that you’ve gained weight. Perfect example of this roundabout comment, “oh you look different. Did you get a haircut or is that new sweater?”

 Most specialist suggest you exercise in the morning because it makes you less likely to overeat throughout the day. The logic is that your body will be craving nutrients and you can’t get those from three slices of pizza or a whopper (you can but that’s another topic). College students who maintain an active life also score better on tests and assignments. Don’t lock yourself up in the school gym for hours; set aside 30 minutes to an hour to exercise during the week. Remember that you’re in the gym to improve your overall self so don’t worry if someone is running at 12 miles/hr on the treadmill or lifting your body weight over their head, which is super impressive and deserves some glances. I should also remind you that your tuition covers your gym membership while in school so why waste it?

  Perhaps you’ll see someone often enough at the gym that you’ll approach them next time and find your perfect gym buddy or your new significant other.  You probably, however, want to explore the city more than your school campus at this point, especially since you’re located in a cultural oasis named NYC. Try Moksha Yoga, they offer unlimited hot yoga with the Campus Clipper coupon. You can find other similar deals so know your options are limitless until you graduate and then are basically broke.  Till then keep healthy.


Sergio Hernandez, Skidmore College. Send Sergio a Tweet Tweet only on Twitter

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