Fitness First

Steph Fauquier – The Aquinian

Fall is an exciting and busy time for everyone, as we begin to prepare for the year to come. It is also a time when we should begin planning and implementing healthy choices into our lifestyle. For freshmen, first year university will be one of the most exhilarating times of your life. It will be a year full of many ups and downs, which will throw you at times. In one day your emotions can go from happy to stressful all within a few minutes. In order to stay on top of everything keeping your mind and body healthy will help you in the long run. You can help determine the outcome of your year from here on in.

University life is crazy because there is always something to do or someone to meet. At times it can seem so stressful and overwhelming. It always seems like there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. We all wish we could hangout with our friends and magically everything would get done. If only life were like that!

I’m not here to suggest the latest fad diets or supplements, but to encourage you to make healthy choices from the get go. Being healthy is not only eating right but is feeling good in everything you do. If you live in moderation you are bound to succeed. Too much of any one thing is obviously unhealthy.

Thinking back to my freshman year, I recall the drinking and cafeteria food, both of which are high in fat and calories. I know we all complain about the lack of healthy foods available in the cafeteria – it’s there – you just have to find it. I found I became very creative and imaginative trying to make meals with the food available. If you get in the habit of looking for good stuff you will avoid the last minute run to the grill for a double bacon cheese burger. I hate to say it, but being careful to avoid too much grease will make you feel a lot better about your self and less likely to gain “the freshman fifteen”. Instead of going for French fries, have an apple or some fruit; it’s the small changes that will make all the difference – and build good habits for the future.

Exercise is a crucial part of staying fit and healthy. Getting involved in intramurals with your residence or taking advantage of the J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre are prefect options. If you are new to the idea of working out it may seem daunting, but really it shouldn’t be. If you are scared to go to the fitness centre alone book a tour with the trainer at the gym. They are more than willing to help you and answer any questions that you may have. You don’t have to be a gym rat to get into shape, getting outside and getting some fresh air is better than not doing anything at all. Just making the effort is half the battle.

Being healthy at university will help you succeed and benefit from everything STU offers!