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Health and Safety

As I write this, I feel like crap. My head feels like there is a table clamp squeezing it, my cough makes me sound like I’m dying of consumption, and my nose is simultaneously constantly running, yet so stuffed up I cannot breathe. I. Am. So. Sick. And I realized that while at college, there is no one to take care of you when you feel awful. Sure, there is Health Services, but they can’t really do much for the common cold or flu. Being sick alone sucks, especially if you have a million things to do! So, here are some tips to just avoid it happening altogether:

1. Drink water. Lots of water.

I’m sure you have heard this before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you follow it. I’ll admit that I am horrible when it comes to this. I know I should be drinking about two liters (68 ounces) every day, but I definitely am not drinking the equivalent of four Poland Spring water bottles every day (yeah four). I suggest carrying around a water bottle that way water is always on hand, and it will result in you drinking more casually, not just when you are parched. For example, if you fill a 32 oz. Nalgene bottle before you leave for class and refill it in the afternoon then you will have had about two liters/ 64 ounces! Success!!

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2. Fruit juice: it’s like water but more exciting

Even more healthy than water is fruit juice! I mean water is still necessary on its own, but fruit juices contain essential vitamins that water does not have. However, many bottled juices contain a lot of artificial sweeteners, and do not actually have as many vitamins as they would like you to think. There are a lot of “organic juice bars” in New York City that offer fresh made “pure” juice. Other than that I would stick to good old o.j. and apple juice. If juice is not really your favorite, a cool trick I have seen friends do is fill their water bottle (see above) with fresh sliced fruit. There are many completely natural options, and they are just slightly flavored, so it is easy to drink a lot. Also, there is something satisfying about knowing exactly what is going into your body.

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3. Do you even lift?

Exercise and I have a complicated relationship. I love the feeling after a really great workout, and I do use running as a way to deal with stress, but sometimes it is just so hard to get up off the couch and go to the gym. Luckily, FIT has two very conveniently placed gyms! The larger one is in the basement of the David Dubinsky student center and classes are offered for free! The second is in the basement of the Kaufman dorm. However, this one is only available to students who are residents. Also, FIT actually has quite a few athletic teams. Less than the average college, but more than you thought I bet. If exercising with your peers doesn’t sound so enticing, you can always do what I do and run along the Hudson river. It is a five minute walk from Kaufman and maybe 10 – 15 from 27th street. I prefer to run outdoors and the city has renovated the area along the river and made it perfect for runners. Another one of my alternative workouts is yoga…at home! You can really find anything on YouTube. Why pay for a gym membership again?

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4. Sleep is for the weak. Just kidding, I’m tired and going to bed. 

Sleep is super important for staying healthy. They say you need eight hours every night, but  more is better. Let’s be real though, who gets eight hours every night? My advice would be just to avoid all nighters at all costs. There will probably be nights throughout your college career where you have to stay up all night to finish a project, but try to make these happen as few times as possible. Your body, and your grades, will thank you. A project is always better when it is not rushed. The biggest thing is simply learning to not procrastinate, and instead of binge watching Orange is the New Black, writing that paper, or sewing that shirt. Something that actually helped me a lot was having a roommate was asleep every night by 11 o’clock. Because she went to bed earlier than I did, it forced me to go to bed earlier because I didn’t want to keep her up with lights or noise I was making. As the semester went on, I began to plan doing my work around being finished by 11 so she could sleep, and I ended up being much more productive, and sleeping more! Creating (and actually sticking to) a schedule can really make getting work done at a normal time much easier to accomplish.

–Emily–

New You

Hey all, I just got done with work for the night and I had the urge to blog! A lot has been going through my mind lately. Final grades, paying for next semester, being bored without school! ( yeah I know I am a nerd ). Also things in my personal life like work, relationships, and I’m TRYING to lead a healthier life. School really does stress me out , and I eat so poorly when I am there. In the past two years I’ve definitely become a victim of the freshman fifteen, and I finally am doing something about it.

 Before the semester ended I joined a gym , while school was still going on I was going about 2-3 times a week and now that its out I go everyday. I cant tell you how much of a difference it has made in me. I’m more confident, I’m not depressed, I have more energy and I just feel amazing. My body has changed so much in just a few weeks, I’m lean and toned again.

 

 

 

My secrets:

At first going to the gym all I did was run or walk on the tread mill which is a GREAT place to start! But if you want to see results that’s not the answer, you need to switch up your routine. Ride the bike machine one day, learn how to use the arm and back machine. What I actually did was take one of the boot camp classes that were free when I first joined! It showed me all this stuff to do with the machines that I would have never known to do before!

Secret #2: Find a gym buddy, or make a great play list on your ipod to listen to while your working out. If your not paying attention to how long or how tired you are , you will keep going and make more progress.

Secret #3: Stick to your routine, figure out if your going to go everyday, every Tuesday, whatever it may be and don’t make up excuses to why you don’t go. Set a specific time too! My problem is I have to push myself to go, but I have a set time and set days that I go and now I feel guilty and not as healthy if I don’t.

Secret #4: Eat clean! eat a lot of fruits , vegetables and lean meats. Try to drink a least two 8oz bottles of water a day, and stay away from the sugary drinks. I know its hard during the holidays, but that’s where most of your extra weight comes from!

Secret #5: Once your back to school , take time and on your breaks use our gym!  Its a great way to help you think clearly and cut down on the stress in between classes! Keep up the great progress even once were back to our busy schedules.

Secret #6: Last one I promise! Look up workouts  and recipes on PINTREST, its a great way to see what others are doing that you wouldn’t think do to other wise.

We’ll see how far I get until school starts again, wish me luck everyone!
xoxo -Kailee