Ah it’s that time of the year again. Within the first couple of weeks in the semester, the Nelson is already drenched with teen spirit. Everybody wants to stick to what they resolved to do come midnight New Years Eve. And yet, so many will fail and revert back to old habits. Don’t be that person. Rise and flourish with Blog’s three-step guide on how to stick to your New Year’s fitness resolution.
Let’s keep things real here. Without a goal, you’ll be walking around in circles and contemplating the meaning of life (and your resolution). The less abstract your goal, the better. Decide exactly what you want out of your New Years workout resolution. Are you looking to improve the pace on your morning jog? Trying to double your bench press, squat, and deadlift? A crucial component of setting goals is knowing where you are currently. Once your know where you currently stand, you can set a realistic goal so you won’t be frustrated a year from now.
The myth that college causes extra weight gain becomes especially prominent during finals period. Students munching on junk food is a common sight during finals, from those Lays from the SciLi vending machine to the Cheez-Its from CVS or the Reese’s back from Halloween.
Such snacks are not as wholesome as a plate of celery and carrots, but studies show that eating junk food isn’t actually the main factor in gaining extra pounds. A recent study targeting college students found that a poor sleep schedule factors more heavily in weight gain.
It’s not that less sleep causes weight gain: it’s that less sleep causes more sweet cravings. When you’re not fully rested, your body naturally seeks for a quick energy source. Sugar provides that short-term, immediate energy, and your body wants that extra kick to get the day going. The journal Sleep followed students into their adult years and found each later hour of bedtime in school resulted in an approximate two-point increase in body mass index. Continue Reading
Behind every strong lifter, there’s an even stronger workout partner. Why did Bonnie and Clyde pair up to terrorize and all those people? Why do Key and Peele tag-team in their sketches? The answer is timeless and simple: teamwork. The same applies to you in the realm of fitness. Here are Blog’s reasons as to why you should find a workout buddy.
1. Motivation. Tell me what you do when you’re enjoying the company of your friends. Getting food? Watching a movie? Try going to the gym. When you start going to a fitness facility with your pals and turn working out into hanging out, finding the motivation to exercise becomes effortless. Even if you can’t find that special someone yet to drag you to the gym, a friend who just calls you on the phone is enough. According to a Stanford University study, receiving a phone call once every two weeks boosts exercise on average by 78% on average. So get one of your Type-A friends to call you at 6 in the morning on a Monday to remind you to exercise. I guarantee you’ll find yourself in the gym before you know it just to get that person to stop talking.
2. Safety. Okay. The barbell and all those plates are on your back. Breathe in, squat, and breathe out while pushing up with your heels. How do you think you did? Well…all you did was lean forward and not squat at all: having a workout buddy keeps your form on all exercises in fairly good shape. Moreover, for exercises where a spot is crucial, such as bench pressing, you’ll always have someone ready at your side. Take all the pre-workout you want and flaunt all your colorful sweatbands: at the end of the day, safety is the priority, and you need someone by your side.
“How much you puttin’ up on bench?”
Don’t be the phe asking this question.
Whenever everyone is trying to go to the Nelson to squeeze in a solid hour of pumping, you’ll always spot your quintessential gym rats. Some may sport the look with their nipple-width stringer tank tops while others may be flaunting their tats. Regardless, here’s BlogDailyHerald’s guide to gym etiquette for a more pleasant gym experience.