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Imagine a midterm week with time for studying, working out, AND sleeping. Sounds impossible, right?  There may not seem like there are enough hours in the day, but there are! It’s all about timing. By holding off on your workout until before bed may shine light on better sleep habits, says a new poll by the National Sleep Foundation. The best way to ensure a good night’s sleep may just be a late night sweat – instead of a late night snack. The poll reported that people who exercise regularly before bed snooze way better than those who are not working out before they get some shut- eye. The more you exercise- the better the sleep quality.

As for the people who don’t workout at all, multiple problems in sleep patterns have been noted. Exercise is good for you? What a surprise! 

photo credit: www.saltyrunning.com

photo credit: www.saltyrunning.com

If you are inactive though, something as simple as adding 10 minutes of walking to your day could make all the difference. So tonight — take the long way across campus to your night class it may save your mind and your body from restless hours of sleep it needs.

A new study from Indiana University at Bloomington 94 % of couples who joined a fitness program as a pair were more likely to stick with it, than singles.

Image Provided by: Thinkstock / The Nest

Image Provided by: Thinkstock / The Nest

Couple Workouts seem to be the new “it” trend. Classes across the country range from intensities of cross fit to technique in Pilates and breathing in yoga. Gyms include Soul Cycle, Barry’s Boot camp and Pure Yoga.

We are always looking for a workout partner so who better than your significant other many gyms are now offering year round sweat sessions.

Couples fitness can help create motivation support and share a common interest in the gym. So switch things up this year put down the chocolates and pick up the barbells.

As college students, time management is crucial. We need more hours to study, to get to the gym to make time for our friends, and in many cases- time to eat. When time is limited, many college students choose to drop by the drive-thru instead of stopping by the salad bar. We’ve all done it. It’s easy, and you get more for your money, right?

We have to keep in mind, as with anything in life, the “easy” choices come with consequences.

photo credit: wisefoodstorage.com

photo credit: wisefoodstorage.com

Federal Health Officials claim that 11 percent of Americans caloric intake is contributed to the fast food industry. In 2006, it was reported to be at 13 percent according to the U.S Center for Disease Controls and Prevention. As a country, we are making healthier choices slightly more often but it still is not enough.The studied compared age groups, and noted that the older participants were, the less the ate fast food. Clearly, college students are at a higher risk than most adults. Late night drinking leads to late night drive-thru’s. Here are some things to consider before stopping for fast food:

Your body will feel lethargic after the meal, you won’t get some of the essential nutrients you need, and your body will be working overtime to digest and store the excess fat, carbohydrates, and sugar.

A cheat meal once in awhile is okay, but don’t make fast food a habit. The damage done to your body over the long term isn’t worth is. Next time, make a smarter opinion. Your workout and body will thank you later.

 

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/02/21/fast-food-makes-up-11-percent-of-calories-in-us-diet-cdc

Close your eyes and envision this for a second  — imagine a party as wild as Day Glow or Electric Daisy Carnival, but somehow a workout is involved.

…What?

The Color Run – a 5K of color running madness is the answer. We spend hours training and running mile after mile for color runrace day. As a reward, this race gives you some fun. The Color Run was created to focus less on speed and more on a good time.

The best part of the Color Run: You could be the laziest college student on the planet, or in training for a triathlon, and you’ll still enjoy the racing frenzy.

The race has two simple rules: 1) Wear white at the start line, and 2) be color plastered from head to toe at the finish. Each kilometer of the race is designated with a different color – to let you know how far you have left to go.

The Color Run is traveling to the NY and NJ area this summer, so grab a bunch of friends and make a team because this race show’s us all that working out needs to include some FUN.

 

Have you ever experienced the “jell-o” like feelings in your legs after a long and intense workout? A build up of lactic acid in your body was often the explanation, but we are learning that there may be other causes.

(Photo credit to Saturday Evening Press)

(Photo credit to Saturday Evening Press)

Any time you experience this weak feeling, your body is trying to send you a message. Most of us don’t know what this message means, or how to rectify it.

Here’s the truth behind lactic acid: Its purpose is to give your muscles, energy so you can move, not slow you down!

The purpose of lactic acid is to give you quick energy when you are pushing through the pain of your workout. During those last few minutes, the lactic acid is there to help!

Everyone has lactic acid in their bodies- people who workout every day, and those who have never worked out a day in their life. The more carbohydrates that your body uses during a workout, the more lactate will accumulate in your muscles and blood.

Many runners falsely believe that lactic acid causes post race soreness. However, a new study from Auburn University shows that post race pain is actually the result of damage to muscle or corrective tissue. Lactic acid has been taking the blame all along…

No matter the cause- post run recovery is vital to your health and wellness. Hydrate and nourish yourself with water and healthy meals so that your body is ready to hit the hills again in no time.