Springing into Change

Are you suffering a post-winter slump? Does your activity level need a lift? Did you opt for the couch rather than the slopes these past winter months?

If you answered yes to any or all of these, you may be in need of a remedy that will provide you the energy boost that you’ve been lacking. Did you know that a mere 30 minutes a day of activity has been proven to increase your energy levels, improve your memory and help you sleep more soundly.

Here are some quick ideas to incorporate into a busy college lifestyle and help you spring back into a healthy you while at school:

1. Grab your sneakers and go explore. There are maps provided by Campus Recreation for students to explore the college woods. If this type of activity interests you, check out their trails!http://campusrec.unh.edu/index.cfm?id=90A283AF-003D-7C62-B3DE7468C1041CFD

2. Organize a group of friends to throw a frisbee or play basketball outside (or even inside, just play!)

3. Go for a walk along the beach.

4. Ditch the bus as your source of transportation around campus. Rather, hop on a bike or walk to and from class.

5. Sign up for the intramural teams that are offered on campus. For spring, Campus Recreation offers Intramural Soccer, Intramural Floor Hockey and Intramural Softball. Who knows, you could meet a whole new group of friends while trying something new! http://campusrec.unh.edu/index.cfm?ID=64C90BA5-FF84-832D-1D49C62B4D505888

Remember that achieving fitness and optimal health isn’t a race. It takes dedication, time and trial and error to find what active lifestyle works best for you. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Also, it is important to keep in mind that achieving 30 minutes a day does not necessarily mean all 30 minutes must be reached all together. Take a brisk twenty-minute walk during lunch and one ten-minute walk post-dinner. Or, throw a ball around with some friends when the weather permits and then walk around campus together.

People often have a misconception that you have to intensify and alter your lifestyle dramatically in order to become fit. However, every little step counts when it comes to achieving a healthy mindset and lifestyle and the choice to take the stairs rather than the elevator will truly makes a difference in the long run.

Take the challenge to incorporate healthy habits into your day, and see your body, mind and attitude change alongside the incoming spring season.

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March 30, 2010. Uncategorized.

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