Exercise “Snacking” 

Most days, finding the time to fit a proper workout into your daily routine can be just as channeling as the workout itself. A 30-60 minute workout may not seem like much, but when squeezed alongside deadlines, meetings, and other responsibilities, a workout can easily become a daunting task. Unfortunately, the demand for over-priced boutique fitness classes and gym memberships have convinced us that a short, simple workout “doesn’t count.” This culture surrounding fitness is not only problematic because it helps the wellness movement from being accessible to all, but because it also serves as an excuse to neglect exercise when we’re “too busy.” 

Developing Emotional Intelligence through Regulating Emotions

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed, finding it difficult to pinpoint why you are feeling that way? In these situations, it’s often easier to brush off unexplained emotions rather than actually explore what is making you feel so stressed or anxious. When life’s obligations begin to pile up and to-do lists start to run a mile long, the last thing you want to do is sit with uncomfortable emotions in an attempt to understand their source, but it is necessary to do so. 

Antioxidant Rich Hot Honey Sweet Potatoes

By: Kristen Baer Servings: 4 Total Time: 15 minutes for prep and 40 minutes to bake The holidays are finally upon us, and group gatherings are occurring at an exponential rate, meaning you’ll need a stash of dish ideas for dinners and celebrations in your back pocket. Sometimes I find myself experiencing ‘chef’s block,’ andContinue reading “Antioxidant Rich Hot Honey Sweet Potatoes”

The Benefits of Journaling

“How do I want to be loved by somebody else? Describe in detail. (Do you love yourself in this way? Answer honestly).” Last year, I bought the popular “Were not Really Strangers” self reflection cards and journal kit after following their Instagram page. The kit sat on my desk at school for months before I decided to open the pack of cards. During the chaos of COVID, I found myself anxious more times than I could count,  but I didn’t know how to process my feelings. One day, I began reflecting in the shiny silver journal, brushing off its coating of collected dust after sitting on my desk for months. I began to write, “How do I want to receive love from others? My honest answer?

TikTok’s impact on fitness: why you shouldn’t always take advice from influencers and trend-videos 

I downloaded TikTok to distract myself from my loneliness. Intended purely as a form of entertainment during months of uncertainty in 2020, I could not have predicted the profound negative effects the app could have on society. Like hundreds of millions of people around the world, when I began scrolling and liking videos on TikTok’s  ‘For You’ page, the app’s infamous algorithm seemed to know exactly what might grab my attention. A never-ending spiral of content, TikTok caters exactly to what its viewers want. Like most social media platforms, TikTok dominates in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and wellness advice. With over 111 billion views, the ‘fitness’ hashtag includes thousands of videos of home workouts, diet advice, and ‘quick fixes,’ all promising unequivocally unrealistic results. Plus, the 15-30 second video limit is barely long enough for even the most qualified expert to offer thorough advice. “The emerging new media TikTok has a significant impact on the value judgment system that guides people, causing serious social problems,” Jian Liu highlights in a paper regarding TikTok’s influence on body image.  On a platform where anything catchy can go viral, it is easy for users to fall for false promises. Unfortunately, fitness-related Tiktoks tend to be dangerous because they are not often created with the viewer’s best interest in mind, but instead prioritize gaining as many views as possible to make a profit. 

Meal Prep 101

Picture this: you just got home from class and only have a few minutes until you need to leave for a club meeting. You drop your backpack and open the fridge because you’re starving for lunch. Various uncooked vegetables and random ingredients stare back at you, but cooking is the last thing you want to do. Pressed for time, you end up grabbing a bag of barbeque chips and a granola bar. With no more time to spare, you leave the house practically empty-handed,  the nutritionless snack doing you no favors. Within an hour of eating, you will have a “sugar crash,” feel fatigued and, yup, still starving

Exercise as Play

 When it comes to play, kids are the experts- and it’s time we learn from them. Over the summer, I worked at a day camp where I traveled from activity to activity with campers, often participating in the activities myself. Sports, water play, and recess all involved a notable amount of exercise, but any physical effort involved was overshadowed by the fun of it all.

hol3health: 2021 Women’s Health Panel

There is a lot of noise when it comes to health and wellness, especially for our generation. Whether it is on Instagram, TV or other media sources, lots of claims are being made, leaving so many women and men feeling at a loss on what is fact vs fiction. At a time where the USContinue reading “hol3health: 2021 Women’s Health Panel”

5 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

By: Julia Gagulska  Ahh, breakfast: the most important- yet often the most neglected -meal of the day. I will be the first to admit, some days I wake up and I feel either too busy or too lazy to make breakfast. I trick myself into believing that a cup of coffee will hold me overContinue reading “5 Easy & Healthy Breakfast Ideas”

The Flaws in BMI: Why It Is Not an Accurate and or an Inclusive Measurement of Health

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement that often holds great significance in how our bodies are perceived. Besides the way our own BMI helps us understand our health, physicians utilize BMI to assess risk for issues like diabetes and heart disease.