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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SMU 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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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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Eat State Street

Aren’t you thankful that the new trend is healthy fast-food restaurants? Because I know I definitely am! Whether you’re feelin’ super healthy after your workout, need to pick up a quick lunch in between classes, or in the mood for late night munchies, TSS has got you covered to help navigate State Street to find the best options for YOU!

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Tovita Nutrition x Kamps: Campus Power Couple

Everyone knows that staying healthy and fit means more than hitting the gym. Good nutrition is arguably 70-80% of what keeps us lean, energized, and fitting into freshman year's jeans. So why is it so hard for us to eat healthy, especially in college? Sure, it can be done, but it takes a crazy amount of discipline do it alone. In addition, the health-food rumor mill is always churning out new gossip. What's a college kid to believe? Most people have heard of nutrition counseling, but probably haven't considered hiring someone to sit down with weekly, especially when we barely have time to get more than 6 hours of sleep a night.

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Fairfield Hot Yoga

Having self-awareness is an essential part of life- it is so important to be able to relax your body, mind, and spirits that lie within each and every one of us. Yoga incorporates all of these aspects, can transform our bodies and minds, and encourage us to try something new every time we step on the mat. Located on Mill Plain Road, Fairfield Hot Yoga offers both Hot (Bikram) and Power class to tone your mind and muscles and leave you sweaty and zen.

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Declassified Midterm Survival Guide

With midterms just around the corner, everyone is frantically trying to make up for the lack of school work done from the first month of school. This leads many of us to give up our old routine of working out and staying healthy to cram from tests, projects, or presentations. Although it’s clearly obvious that staying on track from the start will help to prevent this, we can’t help but all get a little caught off guard when your prof announces that you have a midterm fast approaching. TSS is here to help you with some useful tips to make sure you stay on track while being engrossed in one of the busiest times of the semester!

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5 Reasons You Need to go to SoulCycle

Full disclaimer: I’m not writing this article because I work at SoulCycle; I started working there BECAUSE I love it so much!!  Everyone remembers their first time at SoulCycle (and if you haven’t tried it, you will remember the day you try).  You’re completely lost while the front row is killing it with synced tap-backs, push ups, body rolls, etc.  It’s okay!  If you’re some athletic super human who gets things on the first try, props to you.  If you’re like me, it takes four or five times to really get into the rhythm and understand how to incorporate choreography into your ride.  That first class where you successfully hit those tap back push ups, you feel unstoppable.  It’s literally like winning Dancing With The Stars (LOL not really, but you’ll feel cool).   With all of this being said, here are 5 reasons why SoulCycle is my absolute favorite workout in the world!

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Active Activities

It’s easy to be intimidated by workout classes that make you cycle your heart out for 45 minutes in a hot and sweaty room while they yell at you. It is an acquired taste, but don’t let the fear of fitness classes like these take you away from living an active life. Over the years, I have tried many different workout classes, and it’s safe to say that they truly made an incredible impact on my life. Soul Cycle taught me how to push myself, Core Power Yoga taught me how to breathe and enjoy the little things, and Pure Barre taught me that I’m incredibly inflexible. However, I noticed that when I truly felt a change in my body was when I did something as small as going on a 20-minute walk once a day, which seems a little more doable if you are just starting to get into a new workout routine. One of my favorite ways to exercise is to hike with friends.

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