About a month ago, I published an article titled “Quick tips for eating healthy as a student here at Western (Or any college)”. This week I am going to give you the secret to success for maintaining fitness as a busy college student. If you’re anything like me, college classes and homework suck every last bit of time out of you. Setting an hour or so aside to go to the gym is just not an option. Today I am going to give you a few tips for staying fit under a busy college schedule.
First and foremost, exercise does not have to be a task you set aside for an hour of the day. In fact, research suggests that living an active lifestyle is a key to longevity, rather than going to the gym. What does this mean? Simply moving more often throughout the day can be just as effective if not more effective than going to the gym. Here are a few fitness hacks that you can incorporate throughout your day.
1.Walk or run to school. I know that this one is not practical for some people because they live far away, but if you make it a habit to walk to school rather than taking the bus, you’re getting much more movement throughout the day. You burn over twice as many calories walking than you do sitting. If walking doesn’t cut it for you, try lightening your load by taking only what you need for the classes you are currently going to and run to school. If you carry only a folder or two and a pencil in one of those small pouch backpacks, running becomes a more practical option.
2.Exercise triggers. You’d be surprised how much of a workout you can get just doing small workouts periodically throughout the day. But how do you remember to do that? Have a set of exercise triggers for regular things you do throughout the day. For example, do 5 pull ups every time you walk under a certain door frame at home, and do 10 squats every time you use the restroom. It sounds silly, but it can be a really effective way to fit exercise in throughout the day on a busy schedule, and once each trigger becomes a habit, it’s like second nature.
3.Small workout breaks from studying. We all have those moments when our brain shuts down and is craving for a break from homework or studying. Usually we take a small 10 minute break and do something like raid the fridge for a snack even though we aren’t hungry. This is a perfect opportunity to bust out a quick bodyweight exercise. You don’t have to exercise the whole break, but just a minute or two of exercise for each break you take adds up. As soon as you get up from studying, bounce into a quick workout and then rest for the last 8 minutes of your break. If you can’t think of anything to do, google bodyweight workouts on your phone and do the first few you see.
And there you have it. If you incorporate walking or running to school with exercise triggers and small workout breaks from studying, you’ll get just as much exercise as someone who spends an hour or more at the gym every day. You’ll also be getting the longevity benefits of living an active lifestyle. That’s how you maintain fitness under a busy college schedule here at western.
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Bellingham and wind go hand in hand together. Even though for different areas of Washington the weather will always be insanely different, but if you’ve never experienced much wind before moving up to Bellingham, you are in for a shock. Though, keep in mind you will eventually get used to the wind and it won’t be a second thought.
To prepare for the wind, you can take a few precautions!
After being here for almost an entire quarter, I have finally gotten used to hearing the wind and find it almost relaxing to fall asleep to. A majority of the students at Western have come to really enjoy the windy weather and miss it when the wind has died down or visiting an area with less or no wind. Something you can always count on with wind, is being able to be cooled down or having a breath of fresh air at your doorstep. On the other hand it’s helpful when cooking and needing to air out whatever you managed to burn.
On a more serious note, the wind up in Bellingham does eventually become a normal occurrence. Yes, sometimes we do have wind storms like our last one that was more hype for the windstorm that the actual storm itself. We just have to accept that and move along. Welcome to Western Washington University, we have...wind?
The Recreation Center on Campus is highly used among students and community members; serving as a facility to achieve fitness needs. Most of us are aware of the basic assets the gym may provide, but may not know all it offers. As an employee at the Rec. Center, I want to share some of the awesome resources available to you!
Western is lucky to have a wide variety of group fitness classes! Some of them that are available to you are…
Mixxed Fit: One of my personal favorites! If you’ve taken Zumba, the format is similar, but the feel is more of a “hip-hop” and “explosive” style! It’s described as, “a people-inspired dance format that incorporates intense dance moves and easy to follow choreography as well as always having the freshest music. “
Belly Dancing: Most students don’t know there is a belly dancing class offered in the fitness schedule. Its description states, “Learn a solid foundation of modern cabaret and Middle Eastern dance steps. Postures, isolations, shimmies. “
Turbo Kick: Also a personal favorite. This class is definitely a high cardio workout! It is described as, “Kickboxing meets Hip Hop! Kick, punch, and groove your way through this intense cardio workout.”
You can click on the fitness link at the bottem for more class options that are offered at Western! You can drop in a class for $5, or get an x-pass at this point in the quarter for only $30! An x-pass allows you take any, and as many fitness classes as you want for a quarter period of time.
Besides fitness classes, the Rec. Center also has a injury rehabilitation program! I’ve personally gone through them before, and they are awesome! If you have an injury, you can go to the student health center, and get a referral if appropriate for the injury. You can then make an appointment at the Rec. Center to get started! This resource is free to Western students!
Lastly, the Rec. Center has an awesome fitness staff with personal trainers! Western provides a flexible training staff! They are Kinesiology Majors that have the knowledge to help you get the results you are hoping to achieve. You can start with an hour of personal training as a student for only $25! The staff is incredibly kind and helpful, and it’s a great way to enhance your fitness journey.
I hope you take advantage of some of the great resources available to you! There is so much the WWU Wade King Recreation Center has to offer.
For more information, click on the links below!
Let me start by asking… when you garnish your entire history of school and community involvement in applying to WWU- when you address your special talents, explain your multicultural experiences, present your strength of character and personal circumstances, share your story and goals, submit your GPA and test scores, and pay your one time non-refundable $55-dollar application fee - what exactly is it that you imagine yourself to be accepted into? To be immersed into? Is it the big lecture halls, the beautiful campus, the strenuous professors, the long nights of studying and early mornings in the dining halls? Or is it something more…
Western students are more than just students… they’re citizens of the world. They’re active participants in creating change. They aren’t only looking for an educational experience. They’re searching for an integrated community of scholars, thinkers, believers, and fighters with which to join hands in the collective creation of a better world -for everyone!
Here at Western, we are more than academic institution. We are a front for solidarity across all borders. And we believe that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. That’s why students at Western have been active in the fight against the recent injustices being done by oil-thirsty corporations to the indigenous peoples of America and to the environment known as the Dakota Access Pipeline. Construction of the Pipeline is currently underway, and its’ completion will mean the destruction of one of the fresh water sources for the Standing Rock Sioux nation and an additional 8 million people living downstream… It will mean more fracking and oil drilling... It will mean more disruption and negative impact to the beautiful ecosystem of North Dakota… It will mean the destruction of sites that are sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous nations. And it will mean massive profit for the greedy corporations that have stakes in this insidious project.
Just like so many of the injustices in our world today, the institutions who are funding that DAPL are continuing in relentless pursuit of their inhumane and corrupt projects in places where the entirety of people privy to their project actually object to such injustices openly. Nobody wants these things, but they’re happening anyway. In the face of wealthy internationally connected corporations, individual communities alone aren’t enough to blunt the brute the force of such gigantic projects. As such, many Western students and Bellingham residents alike have already taken action to support the indigenous-led movement to stop the Dakota access pipeline:
· we’ve organized rallies and pickets in downtown Bellingham and on Westerns campus;
· we’ve sent letters to members of congress urging them to take action against the
construction of the pipeline;
· we’ve engaged in social media advocacy, including posting relevant news and hashtags as well as ‘checking in’ geographically to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation;
· many of us have even made the 1300-mile trek to join the solidarity movement going on at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, ND.
Putting direct, nonviolent pressure on the corporations building and funding this project is critical for supporting frontline resistance. And the people of Western Washington University are those who understand the power of solidarity in the face of universal struggle.
And its not just this injustice that we’re taking action against. Western has over 200 clubs created and maintained through our Associated Students that any student can join to facilitate their own involvement in issues that matter to them. We have clubs to match pretty much every need, and if you can’t find one that fits your case, you can make your own! Some of the prominent social justice-oriented clubs on campus include:
· Animal Rights Club
· Anthropology Club
· Association for Women in Science
· B’yachad: Students for Israel Education
· Black Student Union
· Bellingham Perspective
· Brony Reinforcement Outreach: Helping Organization of Friendship
· Changemakers Club
· Communication Club
· Cyber Security Club
· Eating with Heart: Vegans & Friends
· Fairhaven Free Press
· Free the Toiletry at WWU
· Girls Rock! WWU
· International Justice Missions at Western Washington University
· Latino Students Union
· Learning, Environment, Action, and Discovery
· Mindfulness Club
· Native American Student Union
· Political Science Association
· Queer Writers Club
· Queer and Trans People of Color
· Recreation Club
· Socialist Alternative
· South Asian Student Union
· Students for Renewable Energy
· Students for Sensible Drug Policy
· Students for Social Change
· Students for Sustainable Food
· Students for Sustainable Water
· TedX WWU
· The National Society of Leadership and Success
· Western Students Against Violence
· Western Students of Philanthropy
· WWU Young Americans for Liberty
· Women’s Council
· WWU Yoga & Meditation Club
(For a complete directory of AS clubs, click here.)
All clubs are free to join, and participation is optional. Our clubs provide a safe and accessible conduit for students to get involved in the community. So whether its fighting for indigenous and environmental protection, women’s rights, queer advocacy, sustainable practices, animal rights, or any other matter of creating a better world, you can start putting your skills to use by joining one of Western’s many clubs for social justice! Because here at WWU, that’s simply what we’re all about.
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