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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to Recover From the Holidays

Over the past week, you’ve probably eaten every cookie known to man, spent too many days sitting on the couch, and had a few too many late nights out on the town. The last thing you want to do it get back to reality. It is more than common to feel like this after the holidays, your energy levels have plunged and insulin levels have spiked. What else can we do when we’re feelin’ low? (cue Biebs) The Sweat Scene is here to help you on your road to holiday recovery, with a little self-care in mind.

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Holiday Fitness Gift Guide

Whether you’re almost done with holiday shopping or have yet to begin, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best gifts for the fitness fanatic in your life. Grab one of these for your mom, sister, bestie, or roommate and watch her face light up when she unwraps it! If your own New Year’s Resolution is to work towards a healthier lifestyle, there’s no doubt she’ll join you if she’s got one of these awesome gifts to accompany her.

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Top Five Winter Workout Wardrobe Essentials

Temperatures are dropping and it's time to trade in our crops for leggings. Layering up, however doesn't mean our trendiness goes down. So, here’s a list of items you will wear over and over this winter…

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