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My “All Around Campus” Workout

12 Mar

Bored with your normal workout routine? Tired of being cooped up in the gym? Having a hard time staying motivated up at college to workout? Well keep reading, because I think I may have a solution for you..

A few weeks ago I got up in the morning, put my shoes on, and head out the door in planning to run the half a mile to our stadium at the University of Florida to do stadiums (I’ll post some or those workouts soon!). But, as I got up to the stadium, the gates were locked. I was frustrated and thought, ‘well great, now what am I going to do?’, I didn’t want to just do a boring monotonous run; I wanted to get in some strength work too. And that was when my mind decided to create this workout :)

Trying to think of how I could sub in the effect of doing stadiums, I started my run back up, and decided that whenever I came to a classroom building with stairs outside, I would run up them, and then continue on my run. But then I cam to a picnic bench, and thought, ‘hey, this would be a good way to do step ups!’ So then throughout my run any time I came to a bench I would stop as well, do about 20 step ups, and continue on my run. And lastly, I came to a medium ledge, and thought once again, what a great way to do squat jumps! So, I did about 10 squat jumps, and continued on ym way until I came to another set of stairs, a picnic bench, or a ledge. And then finished on my back patio with some abs..

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This collage sums up my workout that morning :) And yes, I’m a college student on a college campus, but that doesn’t mean those that aren’t at one can’t do this same thing in the area around them! What started out as a frustrated morning of thinking my plan was ruined, turned into one of my most spontaneous and fun workouts yet! See, there’s no need to go to a gym all the time to get in a workout. Not saying the gym is bad, because I do go for weights, but you get what I’m saying. You make do with what you have (even though I do warn you that you may get some weird stares every once in awhile). But you’ll have the satisfaction of a great, fun workout that those staring at you will not have had!

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Walking is Good Exercise?

5 Mar

Well now that it’s obvious, I’ll answer the question and say YES, walking is so good for you

A little disclaimer before I go on: I am NOT any licensed doctor or anything, just a girl who has read up on a lot about health and nutrition and has a lot of experience herself with it. So please take my words however you would like :)

But when you think of exercising, I bet walking isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to your mind. Maybe more intense things such as running, getting on the elliptical, or riding the bike would be more commonly thought of. But whether you’re a super active person, or one that is just trying to get out for the first time, walking for a short 30 minutes even is so beneficial.

For those who are super active, walking is a great way to get out in the fresh air, yet still give your body a break from all the intensity of prior days. When you aren’t specifically training for something, and aren’t looking to lose weight, taking a nice, relaxing walk in the sun is a good way to still be active yet give yourself a mental and physical break :) And for those that tend to stay indoors more and are wanting to become more active, this is a great starting point! I think some people get discouraged before even beginning to exercise, because they think they have to be like that one person in the gym running for miles and miles with no end in sight. But just getting out should be your starting point. And let me tell you, walking has so many benefits! It’s not just “the activity you do when you can’t do anything else”, it can become a daily part of a healthy and fit life.

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Today I took a walk around my lake in my neighborhood as I’m home for Spring break, and it was the inspiration of this post. I think even I too often forget how great just a good, relaxing walk can be. And with all the stress and chaos in our day to day life now, your mind will also be thankful :) If you haven’t given yourself that time lately to just take a mental break and get out in the sun, I challenge you to do it today!  I’ll leave you off with some health benefits of what just a 30 minute walk can do for you from Drs. Oz and also my own experience..

It boosts your immune system
It saves you on gym costs
It can save your mind
It keeps your heart healthy
It can slim you down.
It deflects diabetes.
It can allow for good vitamin D exposure
It reduces stress
It revs up your energy
It makes you happier :)