MULTIMEDIA: Exercise Classes Give Students Alternative to Treadmill

April 29, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Looking for a way to shake up your workout routine? Check out the Daily Mustang’s multimedia coverage of four exercise classes offered on the Hilltop or nearby: spinning, Zumba, Body Combat and Crossfit.

Student Health: Workout at Home

April 20, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

By Marissa Adamany
madamany@smu.edu

No time to hit the gym? I understand–life gets crazy. There’s laundry to do, papers to write and parties to get ready for. But that doesn’t excuse you from exercising. I’ve got just the quick workout for you, and you don’t even have to leave your room.

Do three set of the exercises listed below. Work up to 20 reps of each exercise. Do these everyday you can’t get to the gym, and you’ll have your friends asking, “Dang, who’s your trainer?”

  • Triceps dips- Sit on a bench or chair with hands resting next to thighs. Push up and bring the hips out, rear just brushing the bench, knees bent. Bend the elbows and lower body down (staying close to bench) until elbows are 90 degrees. Push up and repeat. Straighten the legs for more intensity.
  • Triceps one-armed pushup- Lie down on left side, hips and knees stacked. Wrap the left arm around torso so that left hand is resting on the right waist. Place the right hand on the floor in front of you, palm parallel to the body. Squeeze the triceps and push your body up. Lower and repeat before switching sides.
  • Squats on tiptoes- With feet wider than hips, squat down and place hands on phone book in front of you. Raise up on the tips of your toes. Staying on tiptoes and fingertips, lift hips up towards the ceiling and straighten the knees as much as you can. Squat back down and repeat, staying in tiptoes the entire time. Modify by placing hands higher (on a chair or bed).
  • Lunge with arms overhead- Stand in split stance with feet about three feet apart. Hold phone book or weight straight up overhead. Bend the knees and lower into a lunge, bringing both knees to 90 degree angles, front knee behind toe. Keeping weight overhead, push back up and repeat before switching legs.
  • Campus News Blog: College Students Can Stay Healthy

    February 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

    Posted by Tiffany Adams

    A recent health story on the Dallas Morning News health section has me thinking: is it possible to be a full-time college student and be healthy? Well, if business owners and parents Charlie and Jackie Haas can, so can we.

    The fit couple left us some advice on keeping in shape while maintaining a busy lifestyle, some of which can be applied to university living.

    For example, the cafeteria at Umphrey Lee can leave one a little less than fully nourished, with night after night of greasy corn dogs, unlimited cookies, and bottomless cups of fountain drinks. The Haas family suggests taking a multi-vitamin pill daily, to keep you covered nutritionally, Vitamin A to zinc.

    Similarly, to help prevent weight gain (think freshman 15), the couple suggests eating smaller, more frequent meals as opposed to sticking to a big, three-meal-a-day schedule. This will help keep your metabolism going and is easily accomplished with an unlimited meal plan, which a lot of on-campus residents currently have.

    As far as working out goes, keep on track by enlisting support: have your friend or roommate hold you accountable. That way, you have someone checking up on you, making sure you don’t come up with lame excuses for skipping a day of crunches.

    And finally, the Haas solution to those would-be-gym-goers-who-just-don’t-have-the-time? Kill two birds with one stone. That said, for college students, walk on the treadmill while reading Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Or, outline your paper in your head while benchpressing 290.

    If nothing else, drink lots of water. Carry a water bottle around with you from class to class. That’s a no-brainer.