How To Stay Healthy At Troy University

14 Ways To Stay Healthy At Troy University

Trojans, find new ways to stay balanced this year!


Staying healthy in college is a source of anxiety for many, especially new students. Ways to maintain a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine are often not clear or rarely talked about. At Troy University, finding enjoyable healthy options can be especially difficult because although the campus is great, the city of Troy is relatively small. For your convenience, here is a non-exhaustive list of ways for Troy students to keep their bodies, minds, and spirits in check as they begin a new semester.

1. Trojan Fitness Center

If you're a gym rat, this might be the place for you. Located next to The Trojan Center, The Fitness Center has everything from free weights to machines an aerobics room. The gym is smaller in size, so it's a great place to pop in and run the treadmill for a few minutes.

2. The Natatorium

Did you know that TU has a pool? The Natatorium is an 8 lane swimming pool that offers swimming and scuba lessons!

3. Troy Parks and Recreation

This is the perfect place for sports junkies! Troy Sportsplex has 8 baseball and softball fields, and hosts both youth and adult ball teams. Troy Parks and Rec also offers soccer fields, a tennis complex, a pool, a gym, and a walking trail. Different exercise and sports classes are offered to the public, and at a reduced rate for members.

4. SPIN Bikes and Scooters

The SPIN bike-sharing service is totally new to campus this semester! With the SPIN app, you just scan a code on the back of the bike or scooter and ride wherever you'd like! Billing is taken care of on the app as well, so you don't have to worry about swiping a card every time. This is a great option for people without cars on campus. Bike all the way to the grocery store or that scooter to that class across campus.

5. New Wave Nutrition

This is also a business new to the Troy Area! New Wave offers things like protein shakes, aloe shots, and hot or iced teas! They are very passionate about educating their customers on health and wellness! You can also buy nutrition products to take home and try.

6. Neighborhood Barre Troy

If you're seeking a challenge, look no further than Neighborhood Barre. They offer yoga and barre classes for all levels. They also have childcare for any mothers at the facility!

7. On-Campus Exercise Classes

Throughout the year, exercise instructors will advertise a class on campus, often for free! This includes yoga, Zumba, aerobics, running groups, etc. Be on the lookout for those flyers!

8. Intramural Sports

TU is the perfect place to join an intramural sports team! Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and basketball are among the more popular options. But, if you're looking to branch out, try ping pong or spikeball!

9. Choosing On-Campus Food Wisely

Finding nutritious food options on campus can be a bit daunting if you don't know what to look for, but if you're smart about reading labels and choosing variety, it can be done! Opt for turkey and avocado on a whole wheat bagel at Einstein's or a yummy salad at Chick-fil-a! Lots of restaurants on campus have calorie amounts listed on their menus which can be a helpful tool in eating balanced!

10. The Arboretum

If you've ever taken a Troy University bio class, you know about the Arboretum. It's a 75-acre preserve for species native to Alabama, popularly used for picnics, Enos, and nighttime walks.

11. The Ampitheater/Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park

The walking trails at the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park go around the amphitheater and other art installations making it the most scenic place on campus for a stroll.

12. Pike County Pocosin Complex

Pike County Pocosin is a small microclimate of over 300 acres that are home to some unique and uncommon plant species. The complex also offers birdwatching and hunting (with a permit.)

13. FitDesk At The Library

Workout your brain and body at the same time when you use a FitDesk at the campus library! The desks are available at both the Troy and Dothan campuses.

14. Student Counseling Center

Keeping your mental health in check is just as important as your bodily health! The Student Counseling Center offers services to all students at no cost! If you feel that regular counseling might benefit you, give them a call or visit their website.

College is crazy, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is no joke. I hope that Troy University students can find a few new ways to be balanced and grounded this semester. Stay well, and Go Trojans!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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If You've Ever Ran A Half-Marathon Then You've Probably Had These 18 Thoughts

There's so many thoughts during a half-marathon.


Two weeks ago I ran my first ever half marathon. I've never run a race in my life before and I'm not really a runner so it was an interesting experience. Over the course of my training, I actually learned to enjoy running and I can say that I actually like it now.

This half marathon was really challenging but really rewarding. These are all the things that I was thinking about (there was probably a lot more, too) during those 13.1 miles.

1. "This is really easy but all these people are running way too fast."

2. "This is so much easier than a training run."

3. "Wow I already ran three miles."

4. "I need water."

5. *Casually sings Neon Moon by Brooks and Dunn

6. "I'm getting really hungry. I hope there's muffins at the end."

7. "Dang, this is easy. I feel like I could run for forever."

8. "Okay, so we went six miles so 13 minus six is seven. We have seven miles to go." 

9. "The sun is so hot."

10. "I could use some more water."

11. "Would my group judge me if I walked at mile eight?"

12. "Why am I running again?"

13. "I'm on mile 10 so in 10 minutes I'll be on mile 11. This will totally go by fast."

14. "I'm still on mile 10."

15. "I'm still... on... mile.... 10... now mile 11."

16. "This is the longest run of my life."

17. "Oh great, now my calf is cramping." 

18. *When the run is over* "Man, I feel like I could do another one!"


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