Step 1. Find the Fitness Center

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It took me two weeks into my freshman year to realize that I needed to find the fitness center. Utilizing the campus gym is a great way to look good and feel good. Colleges and universities across the country use their facilities to set themselves apart, and look more attractive to perspective students. Find your school’s fitness center and get to work. Here are some healthy habits that all college students should try.

Change up your workout. Muscle memory can be a great thing, and a not so great thing. In order to see results while working out, one must “shock” their muscles. Your body will hit a plateau if you do the same workout overtime you go to the gym. Mixing up your gym sessions not only gives your body the change needed to build stamina, but it also makes working out a little more exciting. Work out a different area of your body each time you go to the gym; Mondays, try working out your abs, and Tuesdays strengthen your legs.

Stretch before and after you exercise. This is perhaps the most important step in any gym trip and should be done for about 5 minutes on either side of a workout. The older we get, the more important, otherwise, our muscles are too tight and are subject to injury.

Utilize a rest day. It’s not healthy to go to the gym seven days a week; you should aim to have a rigorous workout three to four days each week. Muscles need rest in order to get bigger and stronger. After a workout, the body works to replace and repair damaged muscle tissues. These replacement fibers increase thickness, which is what makes them bigger. The tearing of muscles is also why we feel that ache in the days following a good workout.

Choose to be around people who care, and are also interested in improving their health. Sometimes the hardest part about going to the gym is getting there. It’s easy to blowoff, but it’s easy to be motivated when you have a group of friends to workout with. Make it a part of your day. Try to find an hour in your day, and coordinate a time to take a trip to the gym, that way, you have an obligation to yourself and your friend.

Working out is a great way to stay in shape, blow off some steam and take a break from college life. If it’s too difficult to go to the gym and workout on your own, the Hofstra gym also offers a variety of group exercise classes five days per week!

 

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A Day in the Life of an Intern

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The word intern was once a word associated with running around, getting coffee, picking up dry cleaning and constant stress. Today, an internship is what sets those apart in their dream field. This semester, I have been interning at Sesame Workshop in Manhattan and yes, it is as cute as it looks! When I came into college, I dreaded the idea of interning. Three internships later and I can honestly say it has helped me prepare for my future and learn about my field of study.

Interning is the best way to make connections, learn about the industry and ultimately, build your resume. Interning during the school year, or even during the summer gives you a leg up on the competition when it comes time to finding a job after graduation.

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Most internships allow you to work closely with a manger, who can serve as an important resource. Being genuinely interested, asking the right questions and working hard makes you an appealing candidate for an opening within the company. If you play your cards right, and make solid connections, you may be asked to accept a full-time position. If that is not the case, you at least have a mentor that can pass down knowledge and possibly  write you a letter of recommendation.

Interning during your undergrad can save you a lot of time once you graduate. The benefit of interning gives you an opportunity to learn what you want in a potential job; the environment, the people, the location, the type of work, etc. Do you want to commute? Do you mind using public transportation? Do you want a big business? Even if you intern and you hate it, it gives you the chance to learn what you don’t want to do, and any opportunity relevant to your career gives you something to add to your resume.

What will set you apart from competitors will be the internships and experiences you have on your resume. Internships make you extremely competitive in the workplace because allows you to say that you have had real experience in the workplace. During an interview you will have real life examples to talk about because interning allows you to take your classroom experiences and see how they will apply in the workplace.

Some of the best advice I received my freshman year was to intern, and intern a few times before I graduate. It may seem hard, and you may not know where to begin but there are many resources colleges and universities offer to help you find the perfect internship!

 

Are you happy with your health?

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55 brave college-aged students took a survey to test the health tips I talked about in my last post. The answers? Not so shocking-for the most part. Most students seem to run in the middle; they get the average amount of sleep, they sometimes tan in a tanning bed, and they rate their health, on a scale of 1 to 5, as a 3. So then why are 55.36% of college-aged students unhappy with their health?

Let’s go through the tips mentioned in last week’s post, and compare them to the students’ answers. The first, and maybe most obvious tip, mentioned keeping a healthy diet. The consensus amongst college students:

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Only two students eat a healthy diet every day. What do they eat on the other days? Eating poorly results in feeling poorly. This is an indication of why more than half of students are not happy with their health at this age. The second tip was to exercise regularly, and regularly means at least 30 minutes each day. Out of the 55 students who participated in the survey, about one fifth answered to exercising every day. 40% exercise 1-2 times per week, but only three students exercise everyday.

The two easiest indicators of a healthy human, diet and exercise, are disappointing. Luckily, over 75% of students never use a tanning bed, 95% of students do not smoke regularly, and the majority of alcohol consumption is between zero and two days per week. Over half of participants get between six and eight hours of sleep each night, and 70% of participants use sun protection. College students are doing the right things, so then why are they unhappy?

The factors that college students answered the lowest to, diet and exercise, show immediate results. Skin protection, smoking and drinking are all factors that effect us later in life. Eating poorly and minimal exercise make us depressed. That’s why most students feel as though they are not currently happy with their health. Now that we know the issue, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fix!