Food for Finals

The dreaded finals are upon us. Late night studying has commenced and that can lead to some poor eating habits. However, maintaining healthy eating will actually be more beneficial to your finals because your body and mind will be at their peak performance.

Here are some simple snack ideas for when you are studying late at night.

     Frozen Greek Yogurt Blueberries – Blueberries are great for brain health and you need        your brain at its prime in order to remember everything for the test. Greek Yogurt is just      great for your body overall and provides you with much needed protein.

     Dark Chocolate – that is right, chocolate can help you with studying. Dark chocolate          helps stimulate blood flow to the brain which helps you concentrate on your work. But        of course, use it in moderation.

     Green Tea – unlike coffee, which can get you jittery if you have to much, green tea has        the amino acid L-theanine which will give you energy without putting you in overdrive.

     Water – It is important to stay hydrated throughout your study sessions. Doing so will          help blood flow to the brain and keep you from overheating, which can lead to                   headaches and lack of focus.

     Cheese Cucumber Sandwiches – You don’t have to worry about crumbs covering your      lap or your computer after you eat these, and it will help curb your carb cravings. The        crunchiness of the cucumber will balance out the richness of the fat and salt from the        cheese.

Though these snacks won’t be able to guarantee straight A’s on your finals, they will help you get one step closer.

As for working out, the RAC will have the same hours it has had all semester, so no worries about not being able to make it in.

The Group Fitness Classes will be changed slightly however, classes will still be offered but the times will be different.

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Just remember, you are almost done!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another semester!

It is now 2015 and the best time take advantage of a fresh start!

CRI is here to help you fulfill those New Years resolutions by supplying numerous old and new Group Fitness classes, along with intramural sports, club sports, and various clinics that will help you with all aspects of your fitness goals.

There will be the classic Group Fitness classes returning such as Awesome Abs, Yoga, Cycle, and Zumba.

However, there is a whole new set of Group Fitness classes. Some branch off of the staples like Yoga Flow and Beginner Cycle but others are completely new like Total Body Blast, Upper Body Blast, Lower Body Blast, H.I.I.T FIT, and Power Lunch.

If any of these classes sound interesting, go to our website and read the class descriptions.

Fitness classes are all offered numerous times a day, every day of the week.

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Along with Group Fitness classes, there are also additional programs such as Spring Break Boot Camp and the new Olympic Lifting Program. These programs combined with the original Women and Weights and Madness in the Meadow classes can help you reach your fitness goals.

If swimming is more your thing, then look out for the Swim 2 Break challenge. Choose a Spring Break destination: Nassau, Bahamas at 8,000 yards; Cancun, Mexico at 16,000 yards; or Sydney Australia at 48,000 yards.

After completing any of the three set distances, you will receive a paradise glass.

Along with physical fitness goals, CRI offers programs for other aspects of improving overall wellness. These programs include Wellness Week, Voice Your Dream, Put Wellness in Your Wednesday, the Campus Farmers’ Market, No Impact Week, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

With so much offered through CRI, there is no reason for you not to stick to those elusive New Years Resolutions, start fresh or to continue the progress you made last semester.

See you at the RAC!RACLife

Got the Munchies?

It’s so easy to grab a bag of potato chips and zone out in front of the computer screen.  But multi-tasking while snacking isn’t the best idea.  When your attention is diverted elsewhere, you’ve made it through half the bag before you know it!  In addition, snacks like chips and cookies contain plenty of empty calories.  Translation:  you’ll be hungry again twenty minutes later.  Here are some healthy (and tasty!) snacks to get you through a tough study session.

So, whether you’re absorbed in a textbook or just on Facebook, keep your mind sharp with one of these healthy treats to satisfy your craving.

Happy Snacking!

Caroline

Summer Fun at the RAC!

The semester is coming to an end, so you may be starting to look for some fun summer activities. Look no further! CRI has plenty of activities for you to choose from this summer.

Test your abilities by taking on the Tri-Eagle Challenge during summer-term A or B. In order to complete the challenge, participants must cycle 100 miles, walk or run 26.2 miles, and swim 2500 yards. Complete the challenge and win a prize.

Looking for a more laid back activity with friends, sign up for intramurals this summer! There will be three to choose from: basketball (Registration: May 7-23), softball (Registration May 7-23), and sand volleyball (Registration: Jun 18- Jul 3). Intramurals are a great way to stay active and have some fun with friends over the summer.

Going to the pool is probably the most common summer activity. At the RAC, we have an indoor pool, whirlpool, and an outdoor pool with a whirlpool. Play basketball and volleyball in the pool, or lounge in a chair to soak up the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Needing a little more adventure in your life? Southern Adventures will be offering a couple trips this summer: Kayaking (Saturday, June 9) and Canoeing (Saturday, July 14). If these trips don’t appeal to you, then plan your own. Southern Adventures offers rental equipment for an affordable price to students. Students can rent camping supplies, water sporting gear, and bikes. Resource books, maps, and videos are free for students to use.

Have a great summer!
Victoria

Try not to let this happen to you…

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

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