Category Archives: Health & Fitness

The Secret To A Good Night’s Sleep

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Sylwia BaranBookRenter Blogger Biography

Sleep is important to our health and overall well-being, yet it’s something that college students never get enough! This is not surprising considering college students are constantly studying, under tremendous amounts of stress, over use electronics, and often have a poor diet. It’s time to stop that yawning and learn four tips to getting a good night’s sleep:

 

1. Limit Your Eating Before Bed

You may have heard that you shouldn’t eat too much before going to bed because you will gain weight, but did you also hear that it can also be the reason you’re having trouble falling asleep? Watch what you eat before you go to sleep. Stay away from red meat and fatty, sugary, and spicy foods before bed because they are harder to digest and will make it harder to fall asleep. Instead, keep to healthy, low-calorie snacks to satisfy any late night cravings.

 

2. Create A Bedtime Routine

Sometimes you just need to prepare your body and mind for sleep. About an hour before actually getting into bed, start to do things that relax you, like taking a warm shower, making sure your room is dark, or lighting a bedside candle. This way, when you finally go to sleep, both your body and mind are already relaxed, which will allow you to fall asleep quicker. Everyone is different, so find a routine that works for you.

 

3. Turn Off Electronic Distractions

When you’re lying in bed, it may seem like the perfect time to scroll through your Facebook news feed, look at new posts on Instagram, or even watch another TV show favorite on Netflix. You may find this relaxing, but electronic use before sleep actually stimulates your brain and makes it harder to fall asleep. Turn off your television, phone, tablet, and any other electronics in the room to get a better night’s rest.

 

4. Increase Melatonin

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone in our body that helps regulate our sleeping cycles. Melatonin levels often change depending on the season, which can change your sleeping habits. It is also available as a dietary supplement for those who may having issues falling or staying asleep. Talk to your doctor before considering any new dietary regimens.

 

College can be filled with pulling all-nighters, early morning classes, and not the best habits before sleep. However, if anyone knows the importance of a good night’s sleep, it is a college student. Try these suggestions to get a better night of rest and share with us what works for you in a comment below.

 

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5 Ways To Shape Up For Spring

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It looks like winter is finally coming to its end. Now it’s time to get back into shape after hibernating all winter. Don’t fret! Getting in doesn’t have to require a gym or an entirely new health routine. Here are five easy ways to get yourself into shape just in time for spring!

1. Stair Master

A simple way to exercise those muscles is to avoid elevators and escalators (if possible) and take the stairs instead. Make this a daily task and each day climb the stairs faster, eventually to the point of sprinting. Get that heartbeat up! If you don’t frequently visit places with stairs, then go somewhere that has them, like to a nearby mall or parking garage. If you climb up and down the stairs for at least 30 minutes, you will definitely be sweating by the end of it!

2. Water Jug Lifts

Have some empty milk gallons or water jugs lying around? Fill them up with water and you’ve got your very own homemade weights. Do about 10 reps and 3-4 sets of curls, and you’ll feel the burn! You can definitely do other arm workouts using water/milk gallons as weights too. This work out is quick and is sure to get great results!

3. At Home Work Outs

Don’t have the time to head out to the gym for a quick workout? No problem! If you have 20 minutes to spare, then this is the workout to help you get into shape! Repeat this circuit workout as many time as possible within a 20 minute period. This is actually one of my favorite at home workouts! You will definitely feel the burn and will sweat up a storm. This full body workout will have you looking and feeling great, just in time for spring!

4. Park Exercise

With spring comes more sun! With longer days, take advantage of local parks for some outdoor exercise. Try to follow the above park workout for some quick and fun physical activity. It’s more fun if you bring a friend! I know some people still have plenty of snow outside and going to a park may not be an easy option, but even some outdoor exercises such as biking, running, or even walking is much better than just sitting at home on the couch.

5. Just Juice It

Juicing is a great way to detox, get nutrients into your body, and get a big boost of energy. I suggest juicing your own juices, rather than purchasing them from a store, because this way you can choose and know exactly what you are drinking, without a lot of sugar and/or preservatives. Juicing is a great way to get into shape without having to even hit the gym. It’s also a perfect on-the-go meal on your way to class or work. There’s tons of recipes to choose from, varying from detox juices, weight loss juices, or to just yummy juices!

You don’t have to go overboard with dieting and exercise to shape up for the new season. Just try some (or all) of these ideas! These small changes can make a big difference and you’ll be ready for spring in no time!

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Starting A New Exercise Routine

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

It’s always difficult to start a new exercise routine. Especially with the pressure of welcoming in a new year. Every year I feel like I say I’m going to start being healthier, and exercise every day, but now that I’m older, I’ve realized more and more than I do not like traditional exercises. It’s very hard for me to be motivated because I don’t like lifting weights, and I definitely do not like running. There are a few ways that I’ve kept myself motivated and on the right track, that are easy to implement into your everyday life!

1. Figure Out What You Like

I got a cheap pass at my local gym that allowed me to try out all of the different kinds of group classes. It was a great experience because I found out some exercises that I never would have thought of that I absolutely love now. My new favorites are hot yoga, spin class, and boxing! This makes it so much easier for me to want to go to the gym because it is so much fun!

2. Get A Gym Buddy

I have a co-worker that has been struggling to lose weight, just like me. We decided to start exercising and start going to the gym together! Not only do we go to group classes together now, but we also split the cost for a personal trainer! This makes it easier on our wallets, and we have each other to make sure we commit to our routine.

3. Find Discounts

Websites like Groupon and Living Social are my favorite because they have major discounts for awesome activities. I have been using Groupon a lot lately and I’ve been able to go on a lot of adventures, that are a twist on exercise. I’ve gone on a group rock climb, a white water rafting trip, and hot yoga for a month for only $20!

My best advice is to try several different forms of exercise to figure out what you like the best, even if it’s just dancing for an hour every night! You’re burning calories and doing something that you love. It’s not about forcing yourself to exercise, it’s about changing your lifestyle to be more physically active, which you can’t do unless it’s something you enjoy!

Good luck!

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Getting Fit On A Budget

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

Looking to get healthy but don’t know how? Or are you looking to get a good workout in to lose a couple of pounds before the holidays without spending money on DVDs and gym memberships? If you’re looking to shed some weight and tone up, here are some fun, easy, and free workouts you can do!

1. YouTube Videos

Who needs workout DVDs when you can get a great workout from videos on YouTube? Whatever your fitness level is, there are videos that can help you get into shape. Whether you’re looking to shed weight or tone up, the variety of videos are nearly endless.

2. The Prison Workout

These workouts can be done in small spaces such as a dorm room or apartment. Like the conditions of a prison, you have don’t need much room and you only need to use your body to tone up. The workouts are based on repetition and your body’s weight. If you follow this workout, you will definitely get stronger and more toned!

3. Running Apps

Running is one of the best ways to get into shape! If you’re a beginner and need a push to start running, there are many apps (most are free) that you can download to your phone to help push you. It has set running schedules made to push you into running harder and faster. These apps are like having your own personal trainer. It will tell you when to run, rest, and even push you to run faster. There is a variety of apps ranging from beginner runners to more advanced runners. Whichever level you are at, these apps can definitely give you a great workout.

These are great ways to kick-start getting towards a healthier you! If these workouts aren’t enough, many colleges have gyms included in their student fees and tuitions. If you’re looking to get fit, you can definitely take advantage of working out at your school’s gym. If you need more help or tips in getting fit, you can also inquire about personal training sessions. A great tip I can give is, ask friends who are into fitness for tips on how to get fit. Most times, they’re willing to help whip you into shape for free!

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Managing Stress With Bach Flower Remedies

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

Unfortunately, the stress of college doesn’t ever dissipate, even after graduating. I’ve been done with school for about a year and I am still learning to handle my daily stress. Someone recommended Bach flower remedies to me to help with stress management, in addition to my efforts with being active, hanging out with friends, and occasionally taking an aspirin. Bach flower remedies are diluted flower material that are believed to contain healing properties.

I was a little skeptical of Bach flower remedies at first, but after adding them to my daily eating habits, I’m happy to say I’ve felt a difference. The remedies come in small bottles and can be found at any natural health foods store. Just use the dropper to add a few drops to your water, juice, or tea.

Here are some remedies that could significantly help you if you’re feeling stressed from classes, work, relationships, or even grief:

1. Gorse

Try this remedy for feelings of hopelessness and despair. Feeling hopeless is a common feeling after graduation, especially if finding a job has become your full-time job if you aren’t already offered one.

2. Mustard

This remedy is a good one for those who struggle with depression. I don’t think there was ever a time in my college life where I didn’t know at least a few other students dealing with depression.

3. Star of Bethlehem

If you’re dealing with the loss of someone close to you, this one is a great choice. It also helps for dealing with traumatic events or crises.

4. Pine

If you’re someone who tends to blame themselves for everything, Pine is the remedy to consider. Being plagued by guilt or the mistakes of others adds a lot of unnecessary stress.

5. Walnut

Whether you’re starting a new job, beginning a marriage, or transitioning into some other significant life event, Walnut can help you feel a little more relaxed about your choices if you tend to be easily influenced by the opinions of others.

Check out all of the Bach recipes website to see which others could work for you.

How do you cope with stress?

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