Train Hard, Recover Harder

“The real workout starts when you want it to stop.” But the truth is, the real workout actually starts after your workout. No matter how hard you train and push yourself, without proper nutrition, maintenance, and care, you will never achieve your peak fitness potential, or it will take a lot longer for you to achieve those goals. Fitness progress and success requires a lot more than just adding another mile to your run or an extra rep to your weight set. When you workout, you are essentially breaking down your body by depleting your stored energy, muscles and other tissues. Without proper recovery, this can lead to muscle fatigue, inflammation, and ultimately, not achieving #gains, as they say. Here are some of our go-to ways to fully recover from a workout. 

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Cava is the Healthy College Student’s Dream

Oftentimes in college, it can be difficult to grab a meal that is healthy, easy, delicious, and of course, moderately priced. Gourmet salad shops can get pricy, fast food is a no-go for health conscious students, and we typically don’t have the time to wait around at a sit-down restaurant.  This is where Cava comes in; it is decently priced and quick, while also focused on local, sustainable ingredients that don't sacrifice taste.

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Hot 8 Yoga Barre

Hot 8 is a Los Angeles-based yoga studio chain offering the best yoga experience possible. I visited their brand new Koreatown location and can vouch: the eco-friendly classrooms and beautiful amenities, in addition to the extremely friendly staff, made me feel like I was at a spa more than an exercise studio. 

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Corepower Sculpt: All of Your Favorite Workouts in One

With so many fitness class options, it can be difficult to decide which workout you’re in the mood for. Vinyasa flow or HIIT bootcamp? Instead of choosing between a butt-kicking, sweat chamber and a toning, relaxing vibe, there is an easy solution. Corepower Yoga’s Sculpt class is a fitness lover’s dream. Set in a heated room (between 90-93 degrees Fahrenheit), it's a beautiful combination of soothing yoga, intense cardio, and weighted exercises intended to tone and “sculpt” your body. 

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Healthy Options at Not-So-Healthy Nashville Hotspots

Eating clean in college can be a do-able task during the week. Salad bars, smoothie spots, and made-to-order omelettes are common on campuses. At Vanderbilt, we are fortunate enough to have both a vegetarian cafe and a quinoa bowl option on our meal plans. We have tons of healthy snacks in our munchie marts, and Whole Foods is only a short trip away. However, the problem for many healthy eaters comes when everyone wants to go out to eat. 

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Setting An Intention

“Revive”, I repeat to myself as I start to lose focus in Standing Bow Pose. I find balance again, and my body syncs with my breathing. My posture deepens, the sequence goes on, and I make progress with what my mind, body, and breath present to me in this hour. I leave class feeling revitalized and carry that feeling throughout the rest of my day. This is the power of setting an intention in your yoga practice.

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Advantages of Exercise

Everyone knows the physical benefits of working out, but did you know that exercise also combats anxiety and depression, increases energy and alertness, and improves your quality of sleep? Even though we all know these advantages, squeezing in that morning workout or getting to the gym after a full day of classes is often dreaded. Here are some ways to change the dreadful pit in your stomach when you think about heading to the gym:

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Remixed Workout Playlist

When I’m at the gym, I need loud, energetic music playing to push through a workout. I’m always looking for remixes to my favorite songs to pump me up even more whether I’m running on the treadmill or climbing on the Stairmaster. This playlist is great for fast-paced, high-energy workouts or basically any type of cardio.

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Why Essential Oils Are ESSENTIAL

They help you relax or sleep, improve complexion and skin, improve digestion, deal with infection, smell amazing… the list goes on. The essential oil faze seems to be a thing of the past for no apparent reason. We’re all about these plant based diets nowadays but seemed to forget about the number one plant based essential, oils! Essential oils are known for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits, they provide a more holistic approach to wellness (aka: toxins no more). These oils are distilled from different parts of plants and have the ability to be very potent, which requires small dosages per use and sometimes the necessity to be diluted when applying directly onto skin.

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WISCO: Get in CHAARG

Ever feel a little lonely grabbing smoothies and checking out the hottest workout studios around your campus by yourself? Would you love to have a buddy tag along? Enter CHAARG, the hottest fitness organization that is ‘liberating girls from the elliptical.' This fitness club just went live in Madison this semester and I’m loving every second of it. From the weekly studio spotlights, to the weekly small group sesh and the inCHAARG insta fam I became a part of, this is exactly what I was looking for.

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Healthy Snacks on Campus

You’re half way through your Physical Anthropology class when you feel your stomach start to rumble. You reach into your backpack, fumble around, and then realize with a sigh of defeat that you do not in fact have a snack with you to curb your hunger. There is a solution that will ensure that you will be able to focus on your classes (to the best of your ability) and never be hungry in class again. There are countless places on campus to grab a quick, healthy snack to keep in your backpack or to munch on in between your classes. Here is a list of the best healthy snacks on campus and where to find them:

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Healthy Hacks at Barone

There are many ways to ‘hack’ Barone in order to make a healthy meal that tastes good and also leaves you satisfied! If you know where to look, you can easily find healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! With Fairfield’s new nutritionist Mackenzie Gordon, Barone dining hall has already made multiple positive changes under it’s new healthy initiative. With the help of Mackenzie, I have compiled facts, hacks, and tricks on how to eat healthy at Barone no matter what the meal. Three things to be on the lookout for if you want a healthy meal in Barone are:

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PTSBD 101

Have you heard of the acronym “PTSBD”?

If you have ever escaped the Midwestern spring weather and gone on spring break, you have likely experienced the “Post Traumatic Spring Break Disorder”. "PTSBD” is the reality of coming home after spring break and facing the idea that you will not be soaking up the rays in Mexico or skiing the slopes in Colorado forever. This also means that your pre-Spring Break bod workout routine will likely be needed after splurging on tropical foods and drinks. To avoid getting hit hard with the “PTSBD” bug, try these tips.

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The Cardio Daze

Walking into the gym can be intimidating to anyone... All of the weights, machines and fit people can make you feel like you’re in a daze, and make you overwhelmed. It’s easiest for some of us to hop on the elliptical and just ride without getting out of our comfort zone, or knowing if it’s actually benefiting us. Do you ever wondering if you’re getting a good workout or actually gettin’ those gains on cardio days? Although there is not one specific machine that’ll do the trick, because every person is different, each one is beneficial for different reasons.

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