THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For many student athletes at D’Youville this phrase from the movie 300 serves as a rally cry. D’Youville offers 14 intercollegiate NCAA Division III level sports as well as club hockey (which is highly competitive). For freshman or transfer students with athletic eligibility, joining a sport team at D’Youville is a great way to have a jump start at making new and lasting friendships.
In your quest for a rock solid core, the exercises you choose to do are important to consider. Crunches alone will not get you very far in your quest. A variety of exercises are necessary to hit all the major core musculature.
How you accomplish these exercises is important as well. A specific intensity must be met to stimulate the muscles in such a way that they will grow, especially if visible stomach muscles are one of your goals. Notice how distance runners do not have large leg muscles, despite working out their legs for hours each week. For the same reason, doing hundreds of crunches will not cause significant muscle growth. Exercises must be of a certain intensity that fatigue is reached in about 8-15 repetitions, or 20-45 seconds of work for maximal muscle growth to occur.
AND BY FAR, the most important factor to consider if “Six-pack abs” are a goal of yours is body fat percentage. If you’re not down to at least 13% body fat for men and 20% body fat for women, all the crunches in the world won’t be enough. Continue reading
In this installment of Healthy Living, we’re going to build a sample fitness program for time-crunched college students, that can be followed on a weekly basis. This program caters to a college student who: 1) has a very busy schedule 2) wants to lose weight and increase fitness 3) enjoys a variety of fitness activities.
As I mentioned previously, I am now in my fourth year of college, which means my life is busier than ever! With all of the classes to attend, papers to write, and clinicals to go to (along with commitments outside of school), I find it too easy to get overwhelmed with my ever-growing to-do list. I am constantly writing and rewriting my lists to try to keep my life organized – except I frequently fail to add one thing to my list: relax.
I find that we as a culture are so caught up in all of our responsibilities that we forget to take an hour or two out of the day for mental and physical wellness as I am sure many of you can relate. It is even more important now as students to take the time for relaxation as our minds are being constantly engaged.