Brown gets buffer: 5 more ways to work exercise into your (cold) day-to-day life

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As the days get shorter and colder, it’s harder to find the time or energy to run outside or even make the trek to the closest gym. Yet, it is more important now than ever to stay active and energized, to help fight off sickness or the desire to hibernate. Luckily, you don’t need to go far out of your way to fit a workout into your busy schedule. Here are 5 more ways to work a little exercise into your (cold) day-to-day life:

Exercise 1: Shivering
Reps: Until you show signs of hypothermia? Recommended: 20-min sets.
Where/when: On your way to class, in the middle of the night, anytime. In the SciLi/CIT wind tunnel for the hardcore gym rats.
Muscle groups exercised: Full body cardio.
How to do it: As you may have learned in AP or IB Bio, when your core temperature falls, the body compensates by shivering, increasing heat production by rapid contraction/relaxation of muscles. Capitalize on this heat mechanism by walking around outside naked or in your underwear. Your body will respond by shivering, kicking those excess calories to the curb.

Exercise 2: Cough crunches
Reps: Until you throw up or get tackled and led to Health Services. Suggested: 20 coughs per set.
Where/when: Anytime, anywhere, preferably on other people.
Muscle groups exercised: Abs.
How to do it: Ever notice how your abs hurt after a good coughing fit? Capitalize on this by coughing a lot to get a good ab workout in. Each cough equals a crunch. Cough specifically on other people. Ignore the glare they’ll probably give you. You’re getting swole, and they’re just jealous. Plus, it’ll almost certainly help them discover your effective new exercise technique for themselves!

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Brown gets buff: 5 ways to work exercise into your day-to-day life

Brown students are extremely busy, and it’s often hard to fit a workout into our schedules everyday. Luckily, life on College Hill is surprisingly conducive to a bit of on-the-run exercising. In reality, you don’t need a personal trainer, workout tape, or any fancy equipment – all you need is your body and a few easily-obtainable objects. To help you fight off that freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior 15, here are five ways to work a little exercise into your day-to-day life:

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Exercise 1: Bicep Curls
Reps: 10, repeat 3 times
Where/when: A hydration station
Muscle groups exercised: Biceps (sort of)
How to do it: After filling up your Nalgene or Brown “Beyond the Bottle” water bottle, give it a couple of pumps to shape those biceps. Don’t forget to breathe!

Exercise 2: Butt Clenches
Reps: 10 x (#) of floors
Where/when: Walking up the stairs to class or your dorm
Muscle groups exercised: Glutes, Buttocks
How to do it: Clench ‘dat booty as you walk up the stairs. That’s right – clench and release, clench and release. From my experience this gets vaguely tiring once you pass the third floor.

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Stop working! It’s good for you.


Don't become like her.

Need an extra reason to stop studying? A Brown Med School professor posted Monday about a recent metastudy of over 12,000 6-18 year-olds that found “a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance.” Although specific GPA increases numbers weren’t included, the researchers point to “increased oxygen flow” and endorphins as possible factors for this correlation (among many other things that also release endorphins).

At the same time, Brown researchers at Butler Hospital have discovered that adults who had high levels of anxiety during childhood have genetically-modified stress responses. Although their DNA isn’t changed, the way their genes are expressed is (epigenetics FTW), and as a result, they have “greater stress sensitivity and fear in stressful situations,” according to Audrey Tryka MD, PhD.

All this to say that no matter how much work you can get done sitting in the Ratty for four hours straight, “you should probably get off your butt and go get some fresh air.” [Thanks for the quote, Mom.] So, snow football tomorrow anyone?

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(Another) Study break of the day: December 14, 2011

Remember that time you saw that hamster working out in Toms and a vintage The Clash t-shirt at the OMAC? Maybe it’s a little more mainstream now, but Bon Iver frontman/hamster god Justin Vernon might be giving these kids a reason to spend a little less time discussing the newest Tumblr and a little more time werkin’ it.

Vernon teamed up with his personal trainer and biffle Jeff Rogers to create a straight-to-DVD workout video that follows Bon Iver as they run up and down stairs, lift weights, and do sit-ups, all while still looking appropriately apathetic. Don’t be fooled — an indie folk star doesn’t do squats to J-Lo. The trailer is set to the soothing melodies of We Are The Willows. Maybe this will motivate you to take a study break at the Bear’s Lair?


Brunos Working Out: 9 Stairmaster Stereotypes

Home is where the heart most delicious food in the world is. Let’s be real: you ate so much food this weekend. The Thanksgiving ham may not be the only thing in your house that’s looking porky — five days at home have turned into five days of gluttony and voracity. Over the past few days, has your food baby grown to be the size of Beyonce’s fetus? Have your jeans gotten tighter and tighter, and are sweatpants are the only things that fit you right now?  If the answer to all the above is yes, don’t fret. Brown has several resources (e.g., Bears Lair, the OMAC, Keeney, and Emery) for you to go your workout-swag on so you can get your groove back, and more importantly, so you can fit into your jeans. But, be warned— you are not alone. You, along with hundreds, are in the same gravy boat. While there are several newbies hitting the gym (clearly hoping they avoid resembling the campus squirrels), the varying experiences of Brown gym-goers make each waistline-trimming venture unique. Having said that, everybody loves a good stereotype, so here they are:

Gym-Goers at Brown:

1.) The Deaf: Lost @ Brown: Your hearing. Just because you like Rihanna doesn’t mean that everyone else around you wants to hear it too. I found your hearing in a hopeless place. Continue Reading

Workout with ‘The Situation’

Trying to figure out how to get back in shape after Thanksgiving and before the holidays? Need an idea for what to ask for this holiday season? Worried about how to stay fit without your OMAC classes over winter break? Don’t worry: Mike ‘The Situation’ of the Jersey Shore has recently released a workout video. Problem solved!

What’s even better, the DVD is good for even more than situational abs. A blooper reel has just been released, and you can watch it here. There are certainly some hilarious and awkward moments (we’ll let you figure that one out for yourselves.) Perfect for a study break, or a break from your daily GTL routine.