My Love Hate Relationship with Working Out

My Love Hate Relationship with Working Out

I love it but I still hate it
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In high school I was on the soccer team for two years, track for two years and swim team for three years, as well as taking some sort of gym class every year. Needless to say, I was pretty active. But I never actually worked out in a gym. I always counted on my coaches to tell me what to do and just playing the sport was active enough. I came to college and my first semester took my fitness class but since then I have not be able to keep as active a lifestyle as I would like. I am the type of person that does get a high after working out but actually getting me to the gym was a task in itself. Once at the gym I would not know what to do well, I knew the bike and the stair master. I would not touch a treadmill for the fear of falling and then the elliptical gave me shin splints.

So last semester I joined CHAARG. This is a group for women in college to find their fit and get off the elliptical. I have been able to at least get to the gym once a week for our small group workouts. The accountability of having to go to the small group keeps me going, although I completely have no requirement to go, but having that scheduled allows me to make time. Also having these workouts makes it more interesting than just the two machines at the gym, so I dread it less since I know I will not be bored.

These small groups also help push me since I am someone who likes to look like I can do everything and everything comes easy to me — although I cannot do everything. Since there are girls working out with me, it helps push me since I don't want to look weak. I know there is no judgement and that they are all probably focused on themselves, and it helps me that there are others around. Not only for trying to look strong, but since I am an extreme extrovert working out with others allows me to get energy from those around me! Having both of these pushing factors has allowed me to really get through these work outs, and after I work out I have that post-workout high.

My roommate also made me go to the spin/cycling class that Salisbury offers. I of course was saying I don't want to go and when we first started I hated every part of the class. But once I lowered my seat even more it became more bearable. I have now become obsessed with Spin but of course next Friday when it is time to go I will probably be dreading it but the feeling I get after always makes it worth it.

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A Love Letter To The Girl Who Cares Too Much About Everyone But Herself

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You, the girl with a heart full of love and no place big enough to store it all.

Our generation is so caught up in this notion that it's "cool" not to care about anything or anyone. I know you've tried to do just that. I'm sure there was a brief moment where you genuinely believed you were capable of not caring, especially since you convinced everyone around you that you didn't. But that just isn't true, is it? Don't be ashamed of this, don't let anyone ridicule you for having emotions. After everything life has put you through you have still remained soft. This is what makes you, you. This is what makes you beautiful. You care so deeply and love so boldly and it is incredible, never let the world take this from you.

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You are the girl who will give and give and give until you have absolutely nothing left. Some may see this as a weakness, an inconvenience, the perfect excuse to walk all over you. I know you try to make sense of it all, why someone you cared so much about would treat you the way they did. You'll make excuses for them, rationalize it and turn it all around on yourself. You'll tell yourself that maybe just maybe they will change even though you know deep down they won't. You gave them everything you had and it still feels as if they took it all and ran. When this happens, remind yourself that you are not a reflection of those who cannot love you. The way that people treat you does not define who you are. Tell yourself this every day, over and over until it sticks. Remind yourself that you are gold, darling, and sometimes they will prefer silver and that is OK.

I know you feel guilty when you have to say no to something, I know you feel like you are letting everyone you love down when you do. Listen to me, it is not your responsibility to tend to everyone else's feelings all the time. By all means, treat their feelings with care, but remember it is not the end of the world when you cannot help them right away. Remember that it is OK to say no. You don't have to take care of everyone else all the time. Sometimes it's OK to say no to lunch with your friends and just stay home in bed to watch Netflix when you need a minute for yourself. I know sometimes this is much easier said than done because you are worried about letting other people down, but please give it a try.

With all of this, please remember that you matter. Do not be afraid to take a step back and focus on yourself. You owe yourself the same kind of love and patience and kindness and everything that you have given everyone else. It is OK to think about and put yourself first. Do not feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You are so incredibly loved even when it doesn't feel like it, please always remember that. You cannot fill others up when your own cup is empty. Take care of yourself.

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4 Helpful Tips To Keep You From Getting The Flu

It's not like you want to be sick.

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Every year, every change of season, it seems like the communal health of the world gets flushed down the toilet.

The turn of Spring brings allergy season, and right now, we are at the very start of flu season. According to the CDC, flu season lasts from October to sometimes as late as May, with peak activity starting usually in February.

The flu did not waste any time this year. I live in an apartment with three other girls. I am the only one to not get the flu or a flu-like illness, and it is mid-October.

It is actually possible to not get sick while in college and to not get the flu. Here are a few simple and very helpful tips.

1. Get a flu shot.

Want to not get the flu? Get the flu shot. Simple as that, for the most part. It is not a cure, but it is the best precaution you can take. Don't forget, you could still get illnesses like sinus infections or strep throat, which are other common illnesses during this time of the year. But, you got your flu shot, now what?

2. Wash your hands with soap and invest in hand sanitizer.

People aren't perfect. You aren't always going to use soap when you wash your hands. Yes, that is a little gross, but here is me reminding you to always use soap every time you wash your hands. Don't forget to invest in hand sanitizer. Think about all the handles and surfaces you touch all day long that other people have also touched all day long. Sanitize your hands and you'll thank me later.

3. Vitamin C!

Got your flu shot and washed your hands and you still feel a little sickness coming? Pick up some orange juice and even some vitamin C tablets. Last year, I could feel myself getting a little bit sick and I took a vitamin C tablet every morning for about three or fours days, and guess what? I didn't end up getting sick and felt pretty close to 100%.

4. Wipe down surfaces.

No one likes to clean their dorm room or apartment. I know that because I hate doing it, and I'll push it off as long as I can. Suck it up and grab some Lysol wipes. The best thing you can do, at least, is wipe down surfaces like countertops, tables, and door handles. If you're living with other people that are sick, they're touching all these surfaces and handles with their grubby sick hands. Wipe that stuff away!

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