Spring Clean Your Way to a Better You!

Spring cleaning doesn’t sound like fun.  But, it’s only because you don’t look at the positive returns. Cleaning can enhance your wellness and improve your quality of life. How?

  1. Reduces allergies
  2. Sanitary
  3. No mold
  4. Reduces stress
  5. No bugs
  6. Improves mental state
  7. Reduces health hazards
  8. Less clutter

Cleaning has mental and emotional benefits that can improve your health.  It also can give you a huge physical benefit. Yes! Cleaning can burn a lot of calories. According to the everyday blog, 25 minutes of household cleaning can burn an average of 100 calories. Skip the gym today and work up a sweat by dedicating a day to cleaning.

Spring cleaning has more benefits other then a cleaner home. It’s a chore that can make a better you!

Happy cleaning!
Victoria

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Club Sport of the Month- Men’s Lacrosse

This month’s Club Sport of the Month is Men’s Lacrosse. The team first started playing in the 1990s and didn’t start competing until 2009. Ever since they have entered the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference, they have been recognized as one of GSU Club Sports’ prominent sports. The team recently defeated their regional opponent, University of North Florida, for the first time bringing themselves closer to entering into the SELC tournament.  Below is a Q & A with the Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Kenneth Nix.

What is a tradition your team has?
We recently started a tradition with participating in Relay for Life.  This has always been a cause close to home because it seems that today there are a vast majority of people who know someone affected by cancer. A player on my high school team has battled back twice from cancer of the lymph nodes to play for his senior year.  This year to raise funds we had a benefit game at Kennesaw Mountain High school where all proceeds went to Relay for Life.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?
The fans, we have great fan support considering we are a club team.  Most people down here have never heard of it let alone seen it played, and once they come to a game they keep coming back.  Lacrosse is the fastest game on two feet and one of the most exciting to watch. The action never stops.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
3-4 days a week for 2 hours. A typical practice includes a warm up, stretching, and line drills, which incorporates different throws the game requires as well a ground balls.  We then do an individual warm up with offense and defense separately. Then, we come together for some team drills from clears, fast break work, shooting drills, 1-on-1s, or 6-on-6.  This is also the point of practice where we put in new plays, offenses and defenses.  Then, we may scrimmage or continue 6-on-6 implementing new things that we had just gone over.  The last 15-20 minutes is conditioning.

How often to you have Competitions?
We play almost every weekend 1 to 2 games from February to April.

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?
Exciting we have gone anywhere from Miami to Myrtle Beach for games, the victory feels that much better over a team on their home turf.  Next year we plan to take a trip for a part of Spring Break to play some teams in either Tennessee or Virginia.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?
In 2010, when we went from 0-10 to 8-4 in the matter of one year, most teams didn’t see us coming. I was a starting goalie as a freshman that year.

When did you start playing Lacrosse?
I started playing in high school, but most of my guys started when they were 10 -14 years old.

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
To show your interest in the Georgia Southern Men’s Lacrosse Club, visit our website at www.georgiasouthernlacrosse.com.  We start in the fall and play some tournaments. At this point we do not have a tryout requirement, but as we are a highly competitive club the best players play which is something to keep in mind for new members.

The Men’s Lacrosse team will be taking on SCAD this Saturday in Savannah at 2 p.m.

Your Impact Matters

Ever wonder how much of an impact you have on our planet? Your demand on the Earth’s ecosystems may surprise you. Every decision you make regarding what you eat, buy, or live can have an impact on our environment.

After taking the Ecological Footprint Quiz, I was shocked! If everyone had the same amount of impact as me, we would need 5.5 earths.

I had an overwhelming feeling of guilt and a determined attitude to lessen my impact. Where to start? Why not with No Impact Week?

No Impact Week is a week-long event with schools from all over the country coming together to educate students and help them participate in lowering their environmental impact.  The challenge is for students to change their lifestyle for one week to help them discover how lowering their impact can benefit not only the planet, but also their own quality of life.

Georgia Southern will be participating in No Impact Week (April 15-23).  There will be events held throughout the week for participants to attend.

Each day represents a different aspect of impact:

CONSUMPTION (Sunday, April 15) – Book Drive (locations throughout campus)

WASTE (Monday, April 16)- Re-purpose an old t-shirt through “Upcyling” at the Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FOOD (Tuesday, April 17)- Buy some fresh local produce at the Campus Farmer’s Market at the William’s Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TRANSPORTATION (Wednesday, April 18)- Like Your Bike by tuning it up at the Russell Union Rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take your car by the Alumni Building by the RAC to Get Pumped from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

ENERGY (Thursday, April 19)- Join in the Earth Day Celebration with $6 grilled lunches and a live band at the Russell Union Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WATER (Friday, April 20)- Taste Test bottled and tap water in the RAC Lobby from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

GIVING BACK (Saturday, April 21) Join in a campus-wide clean up called the Campus Watershed Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

JEFFREY HOLLENDER (Monday, April 23) Get inspired by a leading authority on sustainability at 7 p.m. in the PAC.

For more events or information, please visit University Wellness.

Here’s your chance to make a difference in the environment and your life. If you’re up for the challenge, register through CRI. Remember, changing one thing can affect the amount of impact you have on the earth.

Best Wishes in Your Green Adventures!
Victoria

How to Keep a Positive Attitude

Live a longer life.  Have a stronger immune system.  Think more creatively.  Get promoted at work.  Everyone wants these things, but how do you get them?  A positive attitude!  Everyone knows that one person who is always smiling.  Every time you see them, they brighten your day.  Maybe you’re the person that brightens someone else’s day!  A positive attitude benefits not only yourself, but also those around you.  Here are a few ways to keep that positive attitude:

1. Count your blessings
Many times we get bogged down thinking about what we don’t have.  Concentrating on the great things in your life will instantly boost your mood.

2. Exercise
Exercising decreases the stress hormone cortisol and releases endorphins.  This hormone, in conjunction with adrenaline, seratonin and dopamine, generates a feel-good attitude to help you take on the world.  Cardiovascular and aerobic exercises release the most endorphins of all workouts.  So head on over to that Zumba class you’ve been wanting to try (Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45)!

3. Volunteer
It’s no secret that helping others makes you feel good.  There’s nothing like seeing someone happy because of something you did for them.  Even if it’s a Saturday a month or one hour a week, giving back will benefit you as much as the people you are helping.  Below are some ways you can get involved.

Habitat for Humanity

Boys and Girls Club

Bulloch Recreation Department Coach

4. Sit outside
Instead of studying all night in the library, try taking a book to Sweetheart Circle.  Take a few minutes to enjoy the fresh air under the shade of a tree instead of sitting in front of a computer all day.

5. Sing a song
Singing is another quick way to boost your mood.  Whether you belt out Taylor Swift (like me!) or rap like Drake, singing releases all that stress you’ve been keeping inside.  So turn up the volume and sing into your hairbrush until your heart is content!

See you soon!

Caroline