Well folks, mom was right: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. In a recent study, the American Dietetic Association confirmed that those who eat breakfast perform better at work and are less likely to gain weight. Ernesto Pollitt, a professor at the UCSF School of Medcine, also concluded that, “omitting breakfast interferes with cognition and learning, as well as the mechanisms that mediate this relation.”
Likewise, skipping meals, especially breakfast, will make weight control more difficult. Those who skip breakfast tend to eat more food than usual at their next meal or munch on high-calorie snacks to stave off the hunger. If you are getting enough sleep, you have essentially been lacking food for 7-9 hours. You may not think you are hungry, but the cells in your body are starving!
I get it. Some of us would rather sleep in an extra 20 minutes, instead of going to Pearlstone to grab some Wheaties. However, the benefits of eating a good, hearty breakfast completely outweigh those twenty minutes of REM. If you skip breakfast, you may feel sluggish and lack concentration by mid-morning. Similarly, if your breakfast involves a sugary doughnut or chocolate croissant, your blood glucose levels “bottom out” by mid-morning, and you will feel extremely tired by the afternoon. The breakfast you eat should be built around protein, like scrambled eggs and whole grain toast.
If you are a breakfast-skipper or lack lean protein in your morning diet, try to change up your breakfast plan! You will absolutely see the difference. I used to only drink coffee in the mornings, and the caffeine did not keep my batteries fueled for the day. Now, I eat low fat soy yogurt with baked granola after my morning run, and I am always energized. Seriously people, eat your breakfast
Am I the only one who likes the feeling after an insane run? Am I the only one who finds exercising and lifting to be the one time of the day where I don’t have to think? Am I the only one who is bothered by the decreasing hours in the SRC? It’s amazing that I find myself now having to join LA Fitness, which is not only inconvenient, but is also a financial hindrance. In this day and age, it is so blatantly obvious how important exercise is to one’s daily routine. In college specifically, exercise is vital.
A recent study at Tufts University found that students who said they exercised at least 3 days a week were more likely to report a better state of physical health and greater happiness than those who didn’t exercise. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that people get at least 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity most days of the week. The Institute of Medicine has proven that exercise can significantly improve cognitive abilities, academic performance, as well as health. If science and medicine are recognizing the importance of healthy living, why is Goucher limiting it?
Health and wellness is one of the most fundamental and critical issues on college campuses. Between the lack of sleep and heavy amounts of stress, Goucher should be promoting the idea of a healthy life. The decreased hours restricts students in the time they have to exercise. Not to mention the fact that the SRC has been noticeably more crowded due to the shortened hours.
Time is one thing that a student never wants to waste. We all have a specific time in our day that doesn’t involve studying, doing homework, watching Netflix, or eating almond butter with a spoon (or maybe
that’s just me). My point is that everyone has a different schedule. For the athletic department to significantly decrease the hours of the gym is extremely inconsiderate to the student body. If it’s a cost issue, it would be a better idea if some money were to go towards increasing the hours of the SRC instead of wasting it on random 24 mile per hour signs along the road. For those of you who are lost without your daily run, lift, or occasional visit to the SRC, I will be starting a petition to have the hours better suited to students’ needs. Let’s make Goucher a healthy campus!
New SRC Hours
Everyone has different ways of coping with stress. Since finals week is around the corner, many students are doing their best to try and stay sane during the home stretch of the semester. A good way to de-stress may include going to dinner with your friends, watching your favorite movie, or exercising. It depends on the person. Personally, I find that the best way to de-stress and loosen your mind is by taking a yoga class.
This mind-body practice has become extremely popular within the last 10 years. It has been known for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being, but it also offers a wide-range of health benefits that rival other forms of exercise. For example, like cardio fitness, yoga has been known to lower the risk of heart disease and help maintain a healthy weight. Even after a few months of yoga, many seem to have improved lung capacity, anxiety relief, improved sense of balance, and surprisingly have improved sexual function. Studies have shown that yoga has been more effective in reducing pain and improving mood than standard medical treatment for certain health problem.
Charm City Yoga on Allegheny Avenue offers a 30-day trial for new yoga students. This includes one class a day. If you choose to purchase a trial online, instead of in the studio, you get an entire month of yoga for only $25! I get it – money is tight for a college student. However, taking a yoga class will surely pay off during finals week.
By now, everyone is getting the winter break blues. A new semester has started, which can be a challenge for any returning Goucher Gopher. Another challenge that sneaks into the life of a college student is eating healthy. When I started my freshman year at Goucher, my diet was extremely disorganized. However, after traveling through the Middle East over the summer, I have realized the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
During my time overseas, I decided to become a strict vegan. This diet eliminates all animal byproducts – meat, eggs, dairy, you name it. Of course, you don’t need to be a vegan to be healthy. Putting on that college weight can easily be avoided, as long as you make the right choices. Sometimes these choices are easier said than done, but they’re not impossible.