Nutrition

Today in class, we talked about nutrition and how much saturated fat and sodium and sugar was in our food, and how we don’t really think about it. Nutrition is always the forgotten part of being healthy. Eating healthily can improve the way your body functions, providing it more sufficiently energy.

In class, I learned that  a lot of the foods I eat have a lot more sodium that I realized. My baked chicken, that I thought was pretty healthy, actually had about 503 mg of sodium. But I wonder where it comes from? Was it what the chicken ate while it was alive, or from how the chicken was processed afterwards? The cheese I would put on my baked potato made the sodium count skyrocket and the salt didn’t help. Otherwise, this assignment made me realize how much sodium, fat, and sugar I’m really putting into my body.

 

Flexibility

Today in class we learned about flexibility. People always forget that flexibility is a big part of physical fitness and often neglect to work on it. People don’t realize that being flexible now will help you in the long run when you’re older with your range of motion and back pain. I try to stretch everyday because I want to be more flexible. In class, I did pretty well with arm flexibility and my posture is pretty good. My leg flexibility is something I need to work on because I didn’t do very well on the sit and reach.

To improve flexibility, it’s good to start out slow, maybe once a week and holding the stretch for 10 seconds. Then working up for 2-3 times a week, holding the stretch for 10-15 seconds, and working up to everyday for 30 seconds. Everyone should and needs to work on their flexibility. Its not strenuous and it will help you in the long run with body pain.

Fitness Outreach Campaign

Today in class, we planned our fitness outreach campaign. I like this project because it’ll be pretty cool to try to influence other people outside of the Kinesiology department. My group came to a decision on what we are going to do and I think it’s a pretty good idea. I’m looking forward to getting started on it. I’m hoping to get my friends in the video with us, and the other group member’s friends, so that way we are reaching more people right then and there.

As for spring break, the only exercise I got was going up and down the stairs at my house and walking through the mall. I enjoyed my spring break though.

Guest Trainer

So today in class, we had Tiffany Artis as a guest trainer. I was initially a little worried because Professor Salom said she always kicked her butt. I know I am no where near as trained as Professor Salom so I was worried. But Tiffany was very nice and cool and I stayed in the beginner group because I wasn’t comfortable working with the heavy weights. The workout wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. But I guess I’ll find out in the morning. Doing these kinds of exercised really makes me want to work on my strength and incorporate weight training into my workout.

This video down below is cool because the girl starts with a warmup, which we now know is very important, especially for beginners.