September 17th, 2013
by Sarah Prowitt
As the school year starts, many of us have aspirations, both realistic and unrealistic. As students, we want to study longer, work harder and get only “good” grades. But when you look back at your time at William and Mary you will probably never start off a story worth telling with, “This one time I was in the library for six hours straight…”.
Because let’s face it, we are a complex and multi-talented student body. We all are so much more than just students; we are a tribe of amazing people with eclectic talents. And with all of these talents comes responsibility – we have meetings to go to, events to put on, and friendships to maintain. Amidst all of this over-achieving in our everyday lives we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. We let ourselves get too stressed out, we go too many days without a workout and we eat junk because we’re in a rush. Don’t worry this happens to everyone, but I want you to realize how easy it is to find fitness in your life.
You may only have thirty minutes three times a week to devote to a workout, but that is ok. You can run for 15 minutes and then lift weights for 10 minutes, stretch for the last five, and BOOM that was a workout. Progress is progress and what better time to start than now. Work in a fitness class between your weekend study sessions. Make a workout date and come to the REC with a friend. Or if you need added incentive, hire a personal trainer to keep you accountable. In fact, you don’t need to make it to the REC everyday, you can take a jog, walk or bike ride outside. Don’t let bad habits seep into your life; you have the power to make a positive change.
So grab your planner or calendar and set a goal. If you’ve never been to the REC, plan when you’re going to go and make a date with a friend to come and check it out. If you’re losing stamina finding your cardio, sign up for a road race like a 5k, 8k or half marathon. You’d surprise yourself with what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it. Don’t make fitness something harder than it has to be. It takes about 21 days or three weeks to establish a new habit. So stick with it and make time for these next three weeks. You can do it! Reward yourself with a new pair of running shoes, or new outfits after you’ve accomplished your goal. It’s a new semester and time for goal setting, so find a way to fit in your fitness. Get going: make a playlist and walk on over to the REC. I’ll see you there!
February 6th, 2013
by Becca Starr
After having now duly attended two weeks of Fac/Staff yoga, I hereby proudly announce I can touch my toes. As many of my SPINNING buddies know, I am of the intrinsically non-stretchy variety. I am dense. I sink. I routinely attend early morning Boot Camps, I teach SPINNING. I do not and, until this point, could not stretch. But it’s 2013.
2012 was a year of fro-yo and mini-skirts. Of Blue Ivy, fiscal cliffs, and warm winters. For some reason, there was not enough chocolate in 2012. I am busily fixing this. For other reasons, there was a lot of playing-it-safe. We can fix this one together.
If I were to say I am terrified of Yoga I would be only mildly lying. I like being good at things, hence my avoidance of ball sports. I hang around people who are really good at things I’m ok with being bad at (read: musicians, mathematicians, people who play ball sports), and avoid people who rock the same things I do. I have, for example, never had a friend with as stellar fashion sense as myself. I do science and therefore date people who think I’m a genius. I don’t do/take/practice(?) Yoga because you can’t do it to the Lion King soundtrack, because I breathe really loudly, and because I am horrifically, extraordinarily, superbly and insurmountably inflexible.
Which is exactly why, for two whole weeks now, I’ve been doing Yoga. Safe for me is SPINNING, squats, and a ridiculous number of lunges. Safe for others is miles on a treadmill, or hours on a mat. But hey, it’s 2013, let’s play it something else.
January 23rd, 2013
by Maren Hunsberger
So winter can be a little rough. I love the holidays, winter break, and cozy snow weather just as much as the next girl, but the 30-degree weather we’ve been having lately has been difficult to bear. Where are the 70-degree temperatures we had before break? Winter seriously affects my groove. With the days getting darker and colder, it just happens that some of us start to operate at a lower level of happy during the winter.
It’s hard enough to make ourselves get out of bed and study, much less get out of the dorm (or house) to go for a run or come to the gym. In my experience, this turns into a vicious cycle. The more I don’t get out and move, the grumpier I get and the less I want to get out and move. The transformation that occurs after I get my butt out of bed and go to the gym for a class or go for nice long run in the woods is incredible. I’m immediately happier, more energized, more likely to smile, and much more motivated to do anything else that needs to be done.
Though this cycle holds true for any time of the year, it is especially true in the winter. So how do we keep our spirits up during the desolately cold wasteland of January and February? We come to the REC and get sweaty! Maybe it’s a group class where we can dance and laugh and shake off our winter blues, maybe it’s a solid, solitary treadmill workout, but whatever it is, it’ll put a smile on our faces and get our lives moving again.