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Freshman 15: Fact or Fiction

The dreaded “Freshman 15,” an extra 15 pounds students are said to gain their freshman year of college, is something that has haunted incoming students for decades. However, college newbies may rest easier knowing that they aren’t at a high risk of such a hefty weight gain, and the “Freshman 15” is largely a myth.

Heat-Friendly Outdoor Activities

The summer months are coming to an end, but the Phoenix heat is here to stay. We know it’s hard to even walk to your car, let alone work out in 104 degree weather, so we’ve come up with this list to help you out! Keep cool and stay active these next few weeks with some fun fitness ideas.

Swimming

SDFC pool

The Food-Mood Connection

It is widely known that food has a direct impact on the body, but did you know that your diet can also affect your mind?

Your brain is constantly working, and it uses the nutrients obtained from the food you eat as its energy source. See how your brain might work differently running on healthy meals vs chips and soda?

Shake Smart comes to the SDFC

 

Calling all fans of acai bowls, protein shakes and smoothies! Shake Smart, a company specializing in healthy on-the-go options, is moving into the SDFC and will have its grand opening on Aug. 28 where all regular-sized drinks will be free! The grand opening will run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., same as the company’s regular operating hours.

Shake Smart was created by college students for college students, with the goal of providing fresh options for those with little time to stop and eat.

Finding balance amid busy college life

Being in college can be overwhelming. Finding a balance between studying, campus activities and a social life can be hard, but it is the key to achieving success. So, how do you manage your time and how do you maintain the motivation for everything you plan to achieve? Here are a few tips for you.

Set goals and priorities

Set goals

Is your coffee habit healthy?

Coffee has become a staple beverage for busy college students, and for many, a shot of espresso is the only thing getting them through the day. But is this a healthy habit?

Well, there’s good news and bad news for coffee lovers. 

Using cardio for weight loss

Summer is fast approaching. Say you want to get lean and get that summer body. Your first instinct is to look to cardio to reach this goal. Running, biking, swimming — anything that will help you sweat out the calories.

But, exactly how much cardio should you do? How much is too much?

While there is no straight-to-the-point answer that fits all body types, athletic abilities or genetics, it is possible to get a rough estimate of what you need. That being said,regular cardio exercise is undisputedly an important part of a productive, effective weight loss routine.

How to get the most out of meditation

Most perceive meditation as a complicated art form—but it can actually be quite simple.

There isn’t one right way to go about it—the goal is to quiet your mind in order to be present in the moment and within yourself. You can achieve this in a number of ways.

“[Meditation] can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase, known as a mantra,” according to Psychology Today.

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