By Caitlin Williams
With the beginning of winter term comes a new year and New Year’s resolutions. Many students resolve to be healthy and go to the gym more. According to Statistic Brain, “The top New Year’s resolution for 2014 was losing weight, and the fifth was staying fit and healthy.”
With such a large number of these types of resolutions nationally, there are many options to aid in achieving them. Even on campus, there are many ways to help you keep those resolutions.
Alumni Gym has workout machines and equipment to use after reading up on good workouts online, but it also has new workout classes. These workout classes include (but are not limited to!) spinning, Pilates and Zumba.
Meaghan Jain ’15 stated, “I just signed up for a spinning class! It’s kind of inspiring to have all the pump-up music to bike along to.” Spinning class gives a full-body workout, creates lean and defined legs and is a good way to slim down and tone up.
Cassie Howard ’18 is taking the HIIT — High-Intensity Interval Training — and Abs class. She says, “I do HIIT and Abs class, and it’s twice a week. I try to run at least 5K five times a week. Also, I vary my exercises so I do different things every day!”
Not only do killer abs give the benefit of good looks, but they also have health benefits. These health benefits include better posture, a healthier back and better balance and stability. To achieve these benefits and some different ones to, students can also take up yoga.
Georgina Teasdale ’15 said, “I took up yoga last term at the dance center, and it inspired me to continue through winter break. I like it because it brings my mind and body together, while being challenging and relaxing at the same time.” Yoga is beneficial to flexibility, protection from injury and a balanced .
Some students also participate in a high-intensity workout called circuit training, which can aid in weight loss and muscle toning. Cyrus Shahgholi ’18 commented, “In Body Circuit Conditioning, we have a light full-body conditioning session on each set of muscles. After a quick warm up, we start an intense cardio workout and use weights. Personally I believe that this course demands a strong and long lasting amount of endurance, and patience as well. It is definitely worth the time and money to get back in shape after the holidays!”
There are also alternatives to going to the gym. Abigail Lehner ’18 said, “ I love going ice-skating to work out. It’s so fun and it really keeps you fit. I also like running on the track. I ran my first 5K when I came here!”
Working out doesn’t even have to mean leaving your dorm room. There are many exercises for toning and strength building that you can find with just a quick Google search, and which can be done in the comfort of your own room — making the cold weather a non-obstacle.
With a new year comes new resolutions, and to make those resolutions a reality, all you have to do is begin.