Stay Healthy this Thanksgiving

imagesThanksgiving is only two days away! I hope you all are enjoying your vacation. I have recently been thinking of ways to stay in shape after eating all of the great food on Thanksgiving. I always sleep or watch television after eating. So, to stay active while on break, I decided to incorporate my family in my mini workouts. Here are a few things that I thought would be great to do:

Take a walk. Yes, I know that it might be cold outside, but it would be a good idea to go for a walk before or after eating. Take your dog, invite a friend, or make it a small family outing. Maybe even going for a Holiday walk.

Play the Nintendo Wii. I love the interactive games on the Nintendo Wii. Play tennis, bowling, or even a dancing competition game with family to burn some calories!

Accountability partner. This suggestion does not take any physical energy but it may help with not over eating. It would be fun to have an accountability partner to help from indulging in seconds (or thirds)! Make it fun and challenging!

Make it a tradition. During the Thanksgiving Holidays there are plenty of fun family games or events to attend. You can do something as simple as having a friendly competitive kickball game.

Go shopping. Black Friday is a fun event to burn off some of your Holiday calories. Take your family and have fun catching all of the deals and get your Christmas shopping done!

images2I also found a fun Thanksgiving calorie counter. The counter allows you to choose what foods you ate for Thanksgiving and how many miles you must walk to burn off the calories. It’s pretty crazy to see how much you’re actually eating and might help you judge whether or not you want that third piece of pumpkin pie!

These are just a few suggestions that I thought would be great for the Holidays. Do you have any fun workout traditions that you and your family participate in during Thanksgiving? I would love to hear them, so leave a comment below!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Eagles!

November Club Sport of the Month

Congratulations to Archery for being named the Club Sport of the Month for the month of November! I had the privilege of speaking with the club president, Rachel Luoma, to find out some great information about the club.

DSC_0080-X21. When was your club established at Georgia Southern and what is a tradition your team has?

Our club was established for the 2009-2010 school year. One tradition that the competition team has is going to Waffle House after practice. Last year, many of our members would go almost every night. This year, we have developed the tradition into Waffle House Tuesday. It’s a great time for our members to socialize and warm up after cold practices at night.

2. Why do you like playing club sports at Georgia Southern?

I like participating in club sports because it allows me to be a part of a team and to pursue my interests. I have been involved in archery for several years but coming to Southern and joining the archery club has allowed me to really get into the sport I love. I have learned so much more than I knew before, made more friends, been able to travel across the county, and I’ve become much more active with competitions and the university in general.

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The Competition Team attends two main events during our tournament season, an indoor and outdoor tournament. At these tournaments, we compete against many other collegiate archery clubs and varsity teams. It is so much fun attending these events because you meet so many other archers from across the nation and strengthen friendships you already had. It’s great to see so many college-aged students involved in the sport. In addition to these two main tournaments, there are other local and state tournaments that members will attend on their own. At these tournaments, you can meet other archers vastly more experienced or knowledgeable than yourself, making more friendships and learning new skills.

4. What is your best memory while playing in tournaments this semester?

Last spring, the club traveled to Cedar City, Utah to participate in the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships, which is the main outdoor tournament. It was so much fun meeting other archers. It was exhilarating to place as the first seed in the elimination bracket, and it was even more exciting when I went on to become a National Champion!

5. What if someone is interested in joining your team? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

We run our membership on a semester basis. The archery club consists of two teams: Recreation and Competition. Recreation Team is geared for those who have little to no experience and no equipment. We provide equipment and instruction during our usually weekly practices. In order to be on Competition Team, one must have his/her own equipment and some experience. Competition Team practices multiple times a week and competes as a team at the Indoor and Outdoor US Collegiate Archery Tournaments as well DSC_0634-X3as other smaller tournaments. We host information meetings at the beginning of each semester for those interested in joining. In order to find out when these meetings are, like us on Facebook or visit our webpage. Have any questions? Send us a message on Facebook or email us at southerneaglesarchery@gmail.com.

6. Does your team have any special achievements? If so, what are they?

Last year, our club was Most Improved Club! This was quite an accomplishment as last year was the first year Recreation Team existed; the Competition Team also grew greatly in size. From last year to this year, our Recreation Team has stayed strong at 34 members this semester. We also doubled our active Competition Team member roster to 15 members. Our club is home to many National Champions, All-Academic and All-American honorees and many top ten archers.

A Personal Experience: Aqua Zumba Edition

On Wednesday, October 30, I had the opportunity to participate in the RAC’s weekly aqua Zumba class. I have never taken a Zumba class before and I really wanted to try something new. If you are looking for a class that challenges you physically but still allows you to enjoy your workout then this is the class for you!

I must admit, I was a little skeptical about going in the pool when it is beginning to get cold outside, but I was reassured that the class is in the indoor pool and it is a nice temperature. The water will be a little cold at first, but you will warm up as soon as you get started!

Zumba is a little fast paced but the instructor, Tara, encouraged us to go at our own pace and stressed the importance of focusing on the workout instead of focusing on keeping up with her speed. When I got the hang of it, I began to really “feel the burn” and enjoy myself.

Towards the end of the class, we were able to do a really unique ab work out, which was my favorite part of the class! I had a really good time and a great experience.

Please don’t forget to eat a good meal ahead of time, bring water, and a towel because the RAC doesn’t provide pool towels!

I had a lot of fun, and it’s really not as intimidating as it may seem. I encourage everyone to give it a try. Aqua Zumba is held once a week on Wednesdays at 6 pm. Hope to see you there!

October Club Sport of the Month

Women’s Rugby was named the Club Sport of the Month for October.

1. When was your club established at Georgia Southern and what is a tradition your team has?

The Georgia Southern Women’s Rugby Club was established in 1998. One of our biggest traditions is a post-game social. During the social, members of different teams and the community come together to get to know one another after matches and create deeper connections with the rugby community.

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2. Why do you like playing club sports at Georgia Southern?

Georgia Southern Club sports are extremely fun to participate in because our teams are very competitive and have very good reputations, as well as, expectations. I also appreciate the fact the CRI is so deeply involved in making sure that club sport teams are able to perform to their highest potential by providing excellent resources that many schools just don’t provide.

3. What is it like to travel and play different schools?

The ability to travel a lot and play other teams is one of the best things about rugby. What makes it even more unique is that a lot of times, we stay with the opposing team and vice versa. Housing opposing teams not only saves money, but it helps us keep good relations with opponents and strengthens our rugby community bonds.

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4. What is your best memory while playing in the tournament this past weekend?

My best memory from this weekend’s tournament was stiff-arming through at least 4 people twice to run and score two tries for the team! It was very intense and is something that I look forward to doing at this weekend’s Round Robin with UGA and App State.

5. What if someone is interested in playing rugby? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

If someone is interested in playing rugby or just getting in shape, they don’t have to look any further than the Georgia Southern Women’s Rugby website. The site contains everything from rugby 101 to practice info and game schedules. The Georgia Southern Women’s Rugby Club does not host tryouts of any sort. All you need is a positive attitude and willingness to learn a sport that is foreign to many people, especially in the south.

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6. Does your team have any special achievements? If so, what are they?

Well, since the season officially starts in January, our biggest achievement so far is that we successfully hosted our first Halloween tournament and beat a few very well known teams in order to secure first place. We also participate in a lot of community service projects, and for that reason, we are still the reigning holders of the Georgia Southern Community Service Award for 3 years in a row. This year, we are looking to reclaim our title as Club Sport of the Year!