Get Your Wellness On!

This week is WELLNESS WEEK! Ok, I may be more excited than you are right now, but let me tell you why. Wellness Week is a week filled with fun activities that each focus on a different aspect of Wellness. These events and activities take place throughout the week at different times, so there is a variety to choose from to participate in. The best part is…….it’s FREE!

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Let me break down the events that I am most excited about by the dimension of wellness it represents.

Emotional
The Counseling and Career Development Center will be facilitating the Clothesline Project at the Russell Union on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The project allows students to fight violence against women by creating a shirt. It is encouraged that victims make shirts as well as shirts in memory of victims.

Environmental
Learn how to “be green while saving green” through hands-on and minds-on activities in the Sustainable Solutions Exhibit at the Georgia Southern Museum on Tuesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Attending this exhibit will increase your understanding of how innovative technology and smart design can make a difference. Recognize and celebrate the ability to help sustain our planet!

Intellectual
Whether it is a conflict with a friend, or an employee at work, it is important to manage the situation. Learn why and how at the Conflict Management workshop held by Student Leadership and Civic Engagement on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Russell Union room 2041. The workshop will give you guidelines and tips on how to handle different conflict situations.

Occupational
If you still have no idea what to do with your life, here’s a chance to get a clue to what may be the best fit. Career Services will be hosting The Right Career for You on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Russell Union room 2052. Find a career that fits your personality!

Physical
Get fit for Spring Break! Campus Recreation and Intramurals will be hosting the Race 2 Break 5K on Saturday at 8am outside the RAC. Whether you’re a leisure walker, or a runner, this race is open to everyone. In order to participate students must pay $20 by 7:30 a.m. on race day. Test your limits a week before a weeklong Spring Break!

Social
Enjoy a newly release movie at Eagle Entertainment’s Cinema Series on Friday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Russell Union Theater. Bring your friends and enjoy the big screen for FREE with concessions going for a dollar each. Enjoy this best value movie theater deal!

All the dimensions
Stop by the LiveWell Fair on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to visit on and off campus organizations that represent each of the seven dimensions of wellness. Earn a Wellness Week t-shirt by collecting tickets from each dimension. Here’s an opportunity to tend to all your dimensions of wellness at once!

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Don’t these events sound like fun? Well, there are even more activities you can check out during Wellness Week. Just visit the CRI Wellness Week page to learn more. Remember, it’s important to tend to all seven dimensions of wellness!

Do something fun this week to enhance your well-being!
Victoria

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No One Likes Sick People

The semester is getting busier, and students are getting sicker. Sometimes it gets hard to focus on your health with your hectic life, but getting sick puts a damper on things when you have a lot to accomplish with school, work, and life. However, there are ways to avoid getting sick.

REST
Sleep is a very important aspect of wellness. Sleep can rejuvenate your mind, boost your immune system, and burn calories. According to the Vital to Health and Wellness Blog a study found that anything short of seven hours of sleep could triple your odds of catching a cold.

GO OUTSIDE
Staying inside keeps you in contact with the germs in that room. Getting some fresh air gets you away from those nasty germs. Plus, being outdoors is a more relaxing atmosphere.

DON’T TOUCH
No matter how clean you think your hands are, germs will find a way to stay there. There are germs on everything you touch, so it is important to wash your hands frequently. However, you will never have bacteria free hands because you have to touch things like the water knob and the door handle. Avoid touching your face because it will allow the germs to find a way inside your body.

DON’T SHARE
In the college atmosphere, you may share your piece of pizza and soda with a friend. Don’t! People may be sick. Also, they may have used that hand to sneeze in right before taking the pizza in their hand. According to Summer Tomato, you should avoid chips and dip as well.

LAUGH
Laughing boosts your mood as well as your immunity according to the blog, We the Change. Laughing also strengthens the heart and improves lung function, which could add several years of your life. Tell some funny stories, and watch some funny YouTube videos!

If you would like some more tips on how to not get sick, visit the sites mentioned above.

Watch this! No one wants to be around you when your sick. Check out the Big Bang Theory when Sheldon gets sick!

If it’s too late, and you are already sick, I got some cold curing tips for you!

  • Liquids: Hot liquids can relieve your congestion. Drinking cold water and juices will also benefit and keep you hydrated.
  • Soups: The vapors and broth will help reduce the swelling of a stuffy nose and help your cold pass by faster.
  • Showers: Taking a steamy shower will loosen your congestion and relax you.
  • Sleep: Resting is the most important factor in curing a cold. GO TO SLEEP!
  • Gargle: If you have a sore throat gargling with salt water can help cure the infection in your throat. It tastes nasty, but it helps!

For more cold cures, visit the sites I got these tips from at Manage Your Life and at WebMd.

Life is important, but you have to be healthy in order to live it! Get some sleep and wash your hands.

Best Wishes,
Victoria

Wellness. There’s an App For That.

We all know that the best of smart phone apps can make our lives a little easier, but how do you weed through all the useless ones?  Well, here’s a list of some of the best apps related to exercise and wellness.

My Fitness Pal (FREE)

This app is a way to keep track of your calorie intake in addition to other nutritional facts.  After you set a calorie goal for each day, add in each of your meals – saving recipes as you go along to save you time later.  Then, input your exercise from a long list of activities and intensities.  At the end of each day, you can see a comprehensive breakdown of the nutrients you got and the calories you burned!  Available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

ICE Standard (FREE)

Did you know that ambulances take patients to the ER over 16 million times each year?  This app could save your life in a dangerous situation.  It stores important information such as your name, photo, address, medical contacts, insurance and blood type.  It can even let EMT’s know of any medications you are taking or any allergies you have.  This specific app is only available on the iPhone, but there are plenty of similar apps made for Android and Blackberry.

Pocket Yoga ($2.99)

Don’t worry if you can’t make the yoga class at the RAC this week.  With this app, you can practice your yoga poses wherever you go!  Pocket Yoga includes a total of 27 different sessions varying in practices, difficulty levels and durations.  The illustrations on the screen show you how each pose should look in addition to voice instruction.  This app keeps a log of each session to help you stay consistent.  You can even play music from your library while the app is up and running.  Available for Android.

Cardio Trainer ($2.99)

With a built-in GPS and pedometer, Cardio Trainer can easily track indoor and outdoor exercise activities.  The app’s ability to connect with your Google account makes it the first mobile Google Health partner.  Get the best cardio exercise possible with preset interval workouts while still listening to the music on your device.  Never miss a workout when you set your schedule and reminders.  Available for Android.

Endomondo Sports Tracker (FREE)

This app is great for those who love to exercise outside, but have trouble tracking their speed, distance, calories and heart rate.  Endomondo covers that and much more.  The audio feature can give you feedback after each mile, give encouraging words or read encouraging messages sent by your friends and family on the Endomondo website!  All of your data is automatically sent to your profile on the website where you can analyze your progress or compete with friends.  Available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Still planning on getting your workout in at the RAC?  (And I hope you are.)  There’s a mobile site for that!  Just go to http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/cri on your mobile device to look up things like group fitness class schedules or intramural scores.  You can also see our hours and upcoming events.

Hope to see you soon!

Caroline

Club Sport of the Month – Climbing

This month’s club sport of month is the Climbing Club. One of the newest clubs in the club sports family, the Climbing Club is a super stoked bunch that will do anything it takes to reach new heights in this extreme sport. I recently sat down with club president, Joe Bakos, who gave me the inside scoop.

GSU Climbing Club

What is a tradition your team has?

We’re fairly new to this whole club sports scene, but we are starting to do a semester social where we all get together and give out awards to club members. Plus it gives us all a chance to get a little closer.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?

The friendly but competitive attitude that comes with club sports. Everyone is in it for fun, but they all want to represent their school positively.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

We have 3 practices a week for about 1-2 hours. They consist of many different climbing related workouts from one-arm traverses to intense core workouts. We even play climbing games sometimes!

How often to you have Competitions?

We have 5 this semester that is actually through the Collegiate Climbing Series. However, many climbing gyms around the greater Atlanta area have competitions monthly. We are going to be hosting our first annual fall climbing competition at Georgia Southern next year!

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?

In one word: Spectacular. I’ve been doing this since 2009, and I love every moment of it. Us team members have made friends at almost every school in the conference and often couch surf with them to save money on travel. Not to mention it is great fun and builds lasting relationships. We often see these same people at local climbing areas when were not in school.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?

Seeing the Climbing Club really kick off this semester! We have so many events planned. We had to increase the number of meetings a month. I can’t wait to see where we will be in a year.

When did you start Climbing?

I started climbing Junior year of high school, 5 years ago, at escalade rock climbing gym.

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

The easiest way to find out about our sport is to actually stop by the climbing wall at the RAC, a lot of the Southern Adventures employees know about our club and can give you my information or answer questions you may have. We have a Facebook group that is pretty informative and answers a lot of FAQ’s.

Yes we do have tryouts, however you do not have to try out to be in the club.

When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

Last year, Rick Hood our VP, and I started it off.

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?

Yes. Georgia Southern was a CCS regional champ 2 years ago before we established this club. So we rep that and want to win again this year.