Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Yoga is a great way to get exercise, relieve some stress, and have fun! On campus you can participate in free yoga in the MUB and in the Hamel recreation center.
Yoga is an exercise that combines breathing and stretching. It is usually done in a quiet, dimly light room, and with an instructor leading the stretches or poses. Yoga is a great exercise for all ages because there are many forms with varying intensities. Some different types of yoga include:
- Power Yoga- challenging yoga that focuses on strength and flexibility.
- Bikram Yoga- body cleansing yoga, and is usually in a high temperature environment.
- Tibetan Yoga- High repetitions and flowing movements.
- Hatha Yoga- usually a blend of styles, varying in intensity.
Yoga has many health benefits that go beyond improving flexibility. Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and can actually improve moods. It is a great relief for college students who are feeling stressed. It also helps to improve one’s balance, strength, and can aid in weight loss. Amazingly yoga has been found to be a way to reduce likelihood of chronic diseases. Check out the yoga health foundation for a complete list of benefits!
This year yoga classes are offered at the Hamel Recreation Center several times a week at varying times. And every Friday at the MUB from Health Services (BYOM-Bring Your Own Mat!), so grab some friends and try Yoga!
Monday, March 3, 2014
During this time of year, it can become easy to catch a cold or even the flu. Luckily there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy and lower your risk. Along with proper hygiene and hand washing, you can also use nutrition to keep away viruses. Proper nutrition can boost you immune system as a form of protection. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has listed the five nutrients essential for a healthy immune system.
Protein- Your body uses protein in a variety of different ways, including a defense mechanism. Try eating lean proteins such as fish or poultry. If you are vegetarian, try to include more nuts, beans, and seeds.
Vitamin A- This vitamin regulates your immune system and keeps your skin (which is a huge barrier to infection) healthy. You can get Vitamin A from carrots, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes. You can also usually find it in fortified cereals.
Vitamin C- Produces antibodies and boosts your immune system. You can find Vitamin C in many citrus foods like oranges or grapefruit.
Vitamin E- Works as an antioxidant. This neutralizes free radicals which can be extremely dangerous to your immune system. Vitamin E is in almonds, seeds, some oils, peanut butter, and also in fortified cereals.
Zinc- Works to make sure the immune system is working properly. You can find zinc in many meats but also in whole grain products and nuts.
Along with boosting your immune system, eating a well balanced diet will make you feel more energetic and happier!
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