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Hannah Reinhart

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How to Relax During Finals

12/5/2012

As the most important time of the semester approaches, students are already stressing out about finals. Yes, finals are indeed stressful and no matter what, we will worry about how to study and how important they are. However, the more we stress, the worse we will do on our final exams. Here are some tips to help you relax during this stressful time in order for you to perform to the best of your ability on finals.

1.     Start Early

The worst possible thing you can do is procrastinate studying. The earlier you start, the less stressed you are going to be. Make a plan – figure out how exactly you want to study for each exam you are taking. Next, figure out how you are going to study for each final every day up until the exam. The more preparation you do in advance, the less nervous and worried you will be the night before.

2.     Take a Step Back

Studying hard for finals does not mean you have to be locked in your room or the library for 8 hours every day. Take breaks! It is beneficial for you every once in a while to walk away from your computer or textbook to clear your mind. When you clear your head from time to time, you are able to focus better. Go for a short walk or eat a healthy study snack. After you take a quick break, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to conquer more studying with a clear mind.

3.     Exercise

The best form of stress relief is physical activity. If you are getting frustrated with the material you are studying or just irritated in general, the best thing you can do is to go work out. Go for a run, take a short walk, lift some weights – any form of physical activity will help you relieve your stress. Plus, it’ll help you sleep better at night, which is also very important during finals time!

4.     Breathe!

How To Stay Fit Over Christmas Break

12/4/2012

Christmas break is soon approaching and for most of us, it is a needed time off. With all of the stress of finals and the lack of sleep, it is necessary for us to have our 5 weeks of relaxing and catching up on our rest. However, this does not mean we shouldn’t still keep up with our exercise.  Since our Christmas break is a full 5 weeks, it is important to still maintain our physical activity, here’s how:

1.     Keep Moving

It’s easy to take long periods of relaxation with all the stress of holiday preparations and Christmas shopping. However, the more you move the better you’ll feel. Even if you can’t keep your usual routine, it’s okay if you change up your physical activity. The more you stay active the easier it’ll be to maintain your fitness level over the holidays.

2.     Strength Training

In order to maintain your muscle mass make sure you do compound, multi-joint movements that will help you get the most of out your workout. Lifting weights burns a lot of calories and helps you gain muscle, which can be beneficial during the holidays. Also try doing core work to vary your exercises.

3.     Exercise Wherever You Are

Even if one day you can’t make to the gym, you still have options. Do workout videos in your family room, core work on the floor of your room, or simply go for a walk outside. If you spend a day holiday shopping, park your car far away from the door to get a further walk in. Or if you are in a mall all day, take the stairs not the escalators. Simple physical activities such as these can make all the difference.

4.     Control Your Eating

Healthy Study Snacks

11/26/2012

 

This is it – the time of the semester we have all dread: finals time. With only 3 short weeks left, it is that time of the year where we all will start cramming to study for all of our final exams. As we all know, this is the most stressful time of the semester, where we are constantly studying our textbooks or working on papers. Meanwhile, we tend to forget about other important things such as our diet and exercise. Here are some of the best study snacks you can indulge in without completely forgetting your balanced diet.

1.     Mixed Nuts

Nuts such as almonds, cashews, and peanuts offer a great source of protein that fills you up quick. If you can, it is better to eat the unsalted kind. However, even if you don’t eat the unsalted kind, these nuts still offer great benefits if you watch your portions. They offer you protein, fiber and healthy fats so eat up!

2.     Popcorn

Believe it or not, popcorn really is a pretty healthy snack. Go for the unsalted and less buttery kind so that you can indulge in the fiber goodness without all of the extra calories. Not to mention it is quick, cheap, and easy to make, which is convenient for study breaks.

3.     Veggies with Hummus

Instead of eating a full bag of pita chips with hummus, go for veggies with hummus. Vegetables are a great way to get a natural source of energy, and hummus is made from chickpeas, which are a good source of protein. However, you do need to watch how much hummus you eat because it tends to be high in fat. Look for the already portioned containers of hummus. There are usually only 30 calories in each one.

4.     Apple with Peanut Butter

How To Cope With Body Image Issues

11/21/2012

With the holiday season coming up, many of us will face negative body image thoughts. During the holidays we tend to feel bad about how much we eat or feel less motivated to work out due to the cold weather. However, we cannot let this time of year get us down! Here are some little things you can do to stay healthy and happy throughout the most joyful time of the year.

Accept your body. There will always be something you wish you could change, but instead of focusing on the negatives, think about the things you do like about yourself. Take pride in your physique. Find things about your personality that you enjoy. The more positive you are, the better you will feel about your body and wellbeing. 

To gain confidence, exercise with some of your friends. Find a physical activity that is fun and works well with your schedule. Whether it be going to climb the rock wall at the KU Recreation Center, or swimming some laps with your friends, finding any way you can to exercise in a fun way will help you gain a more healthy mental attitude toward your body. With finals and tons of holiday food on the horizon, it is very important to exercise as frequently as you can throughout the week in order to keep a positive, healthy mindset.

Holiday Foodie Finds

11/14/2012

With Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, it is getting harder to eat healthfully. We are continuously finding ourselves surrounded by more and more by decadent desserts, buttery mashed potatoes, and endless amount of carbs. Although it is okay to splurge a little bit during the holidays, it is important to still know what we are consuming. Whether or not you choose to avoid them entirely, here are some of the foods to look out for this holiday season.

1.     Stuffing 

Although stuffing is very tasty,  it is typically loaded with high amounts of butter and fat meats. A single scoop of stuffing could have up to 550 calories. If you must eat some stuffing during the holiday season, try to avoid large amounts of it. Or to make stuffing with less calories, replace butter with low-sodium chicken broth, and skip the meat. You could even try to make wild rice stuffing to be even healthier.

2.     Prime Rib

Prime rib comes from the fattest part of the cow, which allows one piece to reach up to 750 calories with 45 grams of fat. If you are wanting to have beef in your holiday meal, the better option is beef tenderloins. Unlike prime rib, beef tenderloins have a quarter of the calories. Other healthier meat options include lean turkey or grilled chicken.

3.     Candied Sweet Potatoes

Staying Healthy This Winter

11/7/2012

With winter soon approaching, we all know what that means – illness season. From common colds to the flu, it is that time of year where everyone gets sick at some point. However, there are ways to prevent this, and here’s how:

1.     Wash your hands

We have all heard this one before, but it’s true – the best thing you can do to fight illness is to frequently wash your hands and have good hygiene. You never know what germs other people could be carrying that could possibly make you sick. Thus the best thing to do is to wash your hands as frequently as possible throughout your day. You can also keep a small hand sanitizer in your backpack to conveniently fight off germs.

2.     Sleep on sleep on sleep

Another common tip, but for college students is sometimes hard to do. When doctors, or even our parents, tell us to get some rest, we never really take them that  seriously, especiallywith finals fast approaching. We always tend to think school or friends come before sleep. However, getting a good night’s rest can make a world of a difference with our physical health. Lack of sleep suppresses your body’s natural abilities to fight off illness. Not only that, but getting more can rest energizes us keeping us active and healthy helping to ward off illness.

3.     Get your shots

Although most people dread getting shots, it can be a step in the right direction, especially before the winter flu season. Going without vaccinations can potentially hurt you in the long run. With flu season coming up, it is extra important to get your flu shot in order to stay healthy. College campuses are loaded with germs. Taking the precautionary step of a flu shot will help you even more to avoid getting sick. 

Halloween Candy: Best and Worst

10/31/2012

It’s that time of year again – everyone is going to the pumpkin patch, decorating theirs rooms and doors with ghosts and pumpkins, and more importantly – all of the Halloween candy is out. Although it is a fun time of year and a special occasion where some of the best candy comes out for trick-or-treaters, it is important to know what candies are the healthier options compared to the ones that are not. It’s no secret that Halloween candy can have extreme amounts of calories, fat, and sugar – but you can indulge this Halloween season without packing on the pounds.

The healthiest chocolate candy is the miniature 3 Musketeers. They are only 24 calories with less than 1 gram of fat. It is better to save the calories and eat chocolate candies with a more airy center, rather than a really dense filling. On the other hand, the worst chocolate candy to eat is the miniature Butterfinger. They are 45 calories with 2 grams of fat, but if you eat a couple of these you might as well just have a whole bar!

If you are looking for a more fruity Halloween candy, the healthiest option is Lemon Heads. The fun size box of Lemon Heads is 50 calories with 0 grams of fat, while 10 Starbursts have 204 calories and 4 grams of fat. Although Starbursts are a tasty fruity candy, make sure to watch how many you have because the calories do add up. You could even try another healthier alternative to Starbursts such as Jolly Ranchers!

Lighter Party Drinks

10/24/2012

When you go out, you don’t typically think about the amount of calories you are consuming with each drink you enjoy. However, it is something that you might want be aware of. Did you know that each shot you take or each beer you drink is close to, if not more than, a 100 calories? Not to mention the possible mixed drinks and/or the different kinds of beer you might consume all in one night. Here are less calorie concentrated alcoholic beverage options, as well as the types of drinks you should stay away from.

Fewer calorie mixed drinks Drinks such as vodka water, a vodka tonic, or vodka/rum with a diet soda are going to be your best choice for mixed drinks. When it comes to vodka or rum with soda, make sure it is diet instead of regular. A mixed drink of vodka and regular Coke can top as much as 300 calories in just one drink. In comparison, one mixed drink of Bacardi with Diet Coke only has 66 calories.

Stay away from vodka with energy drinks Even if you drink vodka with the sugar free energy drinks, the amount of calories is still higher than you may think . In just one vodka with Red Bull you consume 366 calories, in addition to the high amounts of sugar. Even if you drink a vodka with sugar free Red Bull, you still consume 268 calories. 

Do not use soda as a chaser When you chase any shot with soda, you are consuming a lot of empty calories. The best option is some sort of 100% real fruit juice. At least you will consume some vitamins and antioxidants instead of completely empty calories. If you must use soda as a chaser, try to have at least have diet soda or lemon-lime soda to keep the calories in check.

Best Home Workouts

10/17/2012

With cold weather approaching and an endless amount of schoolwork , it can be hard to motivate ourselves to get outside and to workout. Although we have the ability to go to the KU Recreation Center, sometimes it can be hard to find a ride or it just seems too cold for us to walk all the way there. However, don’t panic – you’re in luck. Here are the top 5 best workouts you can do without even leaving your room.

P 90 X
Now we have all heard of P 90 X, but some of us have never had the courage to actually try it. Although P 90 X is a little pricey, try splitting the cost of purchase with a couple of friends that want to join you in the workout. You will gain access to a great workout as well as a supportive team to cheer each other on! P 90 X offers the total body workout. The workouts vary from day to day, which allows your body to work all muscle groups. Yes, it is challenging, but it is worth it.  Ask anyone who has used P 90 X, they will even tell you the benefits . With winter approaching, P 90 X offers you a great way to stay in shape without having to face the brutal cold weather.

10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates
If you are looking for a quick but beneficial workout, this is the DVD for you. The exercise burns 270 calories in one sitting and 50 calories per round. This workout is beneficial for those who can’t seem to find time to make it to the Rec pilates because it sums up everything you would do in a normal Pilates class in a quick and convenient way.  In the video the instructor is very specific as to which exercises target specific areas. Thus, you can focus more on your trouble areas more easily. The workout video focuses on your abdominals, thighs, arms, shoulders, and overall stretching ability.

Healthy Places to Eat on Campus

10/10/2012

We all have those days where we are so busy we can barely think straight. Whether we have tests, papers, or projects, we tend to focus more on our schoolwork than where or what we eat. Although we can all experience these stressful days, we shouldn't’t let them affect our eating habits. Here are some places to eat that are conveniently located on campus while still offering healthy food to accommodate a busy day.

1. The Underground
Sadly no, I don’t mean the Chinese food or Pizza Hut. Instead, try the salad bar, a veggie wrap from Brellas or a Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-Fil-A. All of these options are healthier than the orange chicken or pepperoni pizza that you can get at the other restaurants in the Underground. The Underground also offers fresh fruit as well as granola bars for a snack during your busy day. Plus, these are all available to take on the go!

2. Hawk Food Stops
If you are in a rush this is the perfect place for you to stop. With various sandwiches, salads and snacks, a quick meal is easily accessibly through the Hawk Food Stops. They are designed for people on the go and they conveniently offer multiple locations. The Hawk Food Stops are located at the following places: Anschutz Library, Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Spahr Library, Strong Hall, Watson Library, Visual Arts and Murphy Hall.

3. Pulse – in the Studio, the Underground and the Union
Pulse offers delicious fruit smoothies to curve your appetite if you are in a hurry. They have flavors ranging from Strawberry Banana to Peach, with multiple options of additional ingredients that can be added into your smoothie as well. Add a protein supplement to make your smoothie even more satisfying.