Category Archives: News Roundup
20 Best Fitness Tips: Self lists the best motivators, the best arm toning move, the best cardio for faster speed and more. Put some of these 20 tips into action and you’ll feel more fit before Winter Break!
Your Holiday Weight Gain Survival Guide: Speaking of break, with the holidays come cookies, egg nog and huge slices of pie topped with ice cream (am I the only one getting hungry here?). Here are 17 tips from Fit Bottomed Girls that’ll help you make it to New Year’s Day happy and healthy.
How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoes: Whether you’ve got wide feet, flat feet or you’re prone to getting blisters, there’s a shoe made for you. Check out this guide from Real Simple on picking the best athletic shoe – and then go shopping!
Tricks of the Tread: Treadmill Interval Workouts: Some days, it’s too chilly to run outside. The treadmill (or dreadmill as I sometimes call it) can get, well, rather boring. Whether you’re a runner, walker or a combination of the two, Fitness Magazine gives us three exciting treadmill plans. Print one out and get going!
What happened?! It went from being 80-something degrees every day to feeling like the middle of winter in Chicago (okay…well maybe not today, but the cold will kick in soon enough!). With the chilly weather, sometimes it seems easier to lay around in your sweatpants, drink hot chocolate and watch repeat Friends episodes. If you are an outdoor runner, heat or cold, all the power to you! But for those of us who need a little motivation to exercise, check out these indoor classes! They’ll get your heart pumping, and despite it being freezing outside, you’ll be sweating!
Cycle: Between the sprints and the hills, you’ll get lots of quick bursts of intense cardio. This is one of my favorite classes, and it’s offered every day of the week! Read my review.
High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T): If you’re a morning person, go to this class! The time flies by, you get an effective workout due to the tabata style, plus, it’s just fun! Read my review (and learn more about tabata).
Zumba: Speaking of dancing… Advice from the most uncoordinated student at UNC – take a Zumba class! You won’t know you’re working out (til you wake up slightly sore the next day). Dancer or not, this high-energy class is filled with students of all abilities. Read my review.
Pilates: No it’s not exactly cardio, but this class will get you sweating! Aside from being completely relaxing and reenergizing, this class helps your flexibility and strengthens your muscles. Read more of its benefits here and then read my review.
UNC is known for a winning basketball team, its academic success and Halloween on Franklin Street. This candy-filled holiday is just a couple days away. Check out these articles to enjoy the delicious day.
Your Guide to Halloween Candy: Thanks to this list from Health, you’ll learn how to avoid overindulging in every popular Halloween candy. Oh, and fun facts are included – did you know 9 billion pieces of candy corn will be produced this year?
Frighten-Away-Fat Halloween Workout: If you’re not in the mood for the elliptical this Halloween, try this spooky workout from FitSugar. It includes moves like “Creepy Crawler” and “Scared Black Cat.” Bonus: you’ll work everything from your triceps and buns to your lower abs and thighs.
10 Low-Calories Halloween Treats: Whatever black or orange baked treat you’re craving, Shape has a healthier alternative. Whip up some “Bewitching Brownie Bites” or “Punk-in’ Mini Muffins” to treat you and your friends to a fall dessert.
Fitness Themed Halloween Costume Ideas: Okay, so this article won’t help you become fitter or healthier. But it’s perfect for all you last minute planners in your search for the perfect Halloween costume. The Huffington Post includes everyone from the “P90X Man” to “Unimpressed McKayla Maroney” (the classic meme Olympic gymnast).
Have a healthy, safe and fun Halloween!
Looking to invest in some fall workout gear? Check out the latest and greatest clothes and accessories:
C9 by Champion Long-Sleeve Tee: FitSugar features this women’s long-sleeve tee that has the ideal bit of stretch and the perfect price tag.
Slub Foldover Yoga Pants: If you’re looking for comfort, check out these gray yoga pants featured in InStyle.
Nike Sphere Men’s Running Shirt: LiveStrong raves about this shirt that’ll wick sweat away during those warmer autumn days.
Lululemon Brisk Run Neckwarmer: This adjustable neckwarmer featured on Fitbie will keep you warm on those crisp fall runs.
Like these clothes? Check out the top rated fall running shoes here! Happy shopping!
Top 50 Fall Diet Foods for Weight Loss: Fall means a new selection of produce, spices, seeds and anything else that makes up a recipe. Shape lists 50 fall foods to keep your meals healthy.
Morning Workout Benefits Include Curbing Appetite and More: Huffington Post gives us five awesome reasons to wake up to exercise before class. After reading this, you’ll pick out your gym outfit and hit the hay early so you can feel energized by the time the sun rises!
Halloween Candy to Pick or Skip: Even though we graduated from elementary school years ago, we still buy bags of candy at just about any store we walk into. Health Magazine lists the candy you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in and the candies that are simply empty calories.
61 Push Ups, in 60 Seconds: This one is just for fun. A 24-year-old woman completed 61 pushups in one minute. The catch – she is balancing her entire bodyweight on three medicine balls. Check out this video from Greatist.
The 16 Most Effective Fat Loss Moves – No Equipment Required: Want to know some moves that will boost your metabolism and give your whole body a workout? Look no further than LiveStrong where you’ll learn how to do everything from frog push-ups to squat walks. Go through a series of these for a tough workout or throw some moves into your strength training routine for a cardio and muscle boost!
How to Indulge in Fair Food Without Going Overboard: We are less than a month away from the State Fair in Raleigh. Before you stuff your face with a fried Twinkie, the world’s largest turkey leg and a buttered up corn on the cob, check out this article from CNN. Don’t hesitate to indulge a little, just do it in moderation!
Group Fitness 101: How to Always Make the Most of a Class: Show up to the gym at about any time of the day and some sort of fitness class is going on. If you’ve never taken a class before or are hesitant to return, read these tips from FitSugar. Being stress free and giving 100 percent are a few keys to success.
10 Healthy Cooking Substitutions: A healthy lifestyle doesn’t include heating up a Hot Pocket or a cup of Easy Mac at every meal (this may be unfortunate news for you non-chefs). Thankfully, nutritious recipes don’t have to taste like cardboard. Check out these cooking substitutions from The Biggest Loser Cookbook author Devin Alexander on Fit Bottomed Girls.
Total-Body Moves to Tack onto Your Workout: A full-body workout in just four moves? Check out these quick exercises for ultimate muscle building from Men’s Health.
Best Healthy Foods to Buy on a Tight Budget: Just because you’re on a college budget doesn’t mean dollar menus should make up your every meal. EatingWell lists off the cheapest fruits, vegetables, grains, protein sources and more so you can get the most nutrition for your buck.
26 Healthy Habits That Really Aren’t So Healthy: Think you’re doing your body good by eating low-calorie microwavable meals, doing hundreds of crunches and catching up on your lack of sleep? Think again, says Greatist. Read up on these and 23 other habits that aren’t as healthy as you think.
Trainers Reveal: The Best Abs Exercises of All Time: Speaking of crunches, here are 20 – yes 20 – ab exercises that trainers love. Add a few of these moves from Shape and your stomach will be looking flatter in no time.
How to Exercise Safely in the Heat: This summer feels like the hottest ever, and unfortunately for North Carolina, the heat usually stays until late October. MSN has tips to exercise safely, even in the 100 degree days.
Why You Should Bring Your iPhone to the Gym: Some people say leave your phone in your dorm so you can focus on your workout. Men’s Health gives you a reason to carry it along. Here are six apps that’ll help you make progress at the gym.
What Your Trainer’s Not Telling You: While you’re huffing and puffing during a group fitness class, you may be curious what is going on in your instructor’s head. Read these 10 things that instructors want you to know from Shape.
Eat Fat to Burn Fat: So maybe picking up a deep-fried Twinkie isn’t the healthiest, but eating certain fats may help you lose fat. Sound contradicting? Well, fat can help keep you full, build muscle and even put you in a better mood. Check out more of its benefits from LiveStrong.
Even though we’ve been out of school for weeks, yesterday officially marked the first day of summer. This means family BBQs, sleeping past breakfast (and sometimes past lunch!) and other things that may not be the best for your health. Check out these summer recipes that are tasty, convenient and healthy.
- Skewer the Fat: Everyone lights up their grill in the summer. How do you avoid those fatty cheeseburgers or high-calorie hot dogs? Learn how to make kebabs! Just pick your protein, marinade and vegetables and you’ve got a healthy dinner!
- Guilt-Free Nachos: You can find nachos at baseball games, theme parks and even on Franklin Street – but they’re typically loaded with fat. Who says you can’t eat Mexican while trying to eat healthy? Try these guilt-free nachos for all the taste of a Mexican restaurant minus the grease.
- Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Quick Bread: Whether you are in summer school, working or are interning this summer, you’re probably always on-the-run. Make these muffins one day and have breakfast to-go all week! As an added bonus – you get heart-healthy walnuts AND chocolate in every bite.
- Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie: Smoothies are convenient and can be eaten as a snack, breakfast or a post-workout meal! Blend up this recipe with just a few ingredients that you’re sure to have in your kitchen.