New Year, New Me?

New Year, New Me?

It's that time of year, when the gym memberships skyrocket and the gym becomes unbearably crowded throughout the end of the month.
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It's almost that time of year, as Christmas festivities wind down, the New Year's resolutions arise. It's the time gym memberships skyrocket and the gym becomes unbearably crowded throughout the end of the month. Then the holiday hype dies down and most of us go back to our normal daily routines from the year before.

I'm not a huge believer in New Year's Resolutions, I personally always revert back to my old ways and feel like I let myself down year after year by not fulfilling my resolutions I set. Now don't get me wrong, I definitely have seen people flourish and kick old habits because of New Year's Resolutions, but not everyone is the same.

Throughout the years I found myself trying to take on too many goals at one time, so I quickly got overwhelmed and gave up relatively quickly. It's easy to sit down and think about 5 things we want to be different this upcoming year, but change doesn't happen overnight. Kicking a habit takes about 21 days, which seems much more attainable than creating a new habit, which takes, on average, 66 days.

A few years ago I stopped trying to force myself to make 5 resolutions for the New Year and focused on a habit I wanted to change or improve on, and steadily I worked towards my new goal every day. The thing about goals is that it doesn't matter when you start the change, if you want to attain something, as long as you put in the effort, you can achieve it.

Every year has the same 365 days and any one of those days is a great time to make a "New Years Resolution". If you're the type of person who gets overwhelmed by taking on too many things at one time, then maybe picking one resolution to pursue at the beginning of the year will help you slowly work towards your goals without wanting to give up before you barely get started. However, if you're a go-getter and it's easier for you to make New Year's resolutions and go full force after all of them, then stick to what works! Some people are lucky to have a very diligent and persistent personality, which works in their favor to balance normal life and a "New Year, New Me" attitude!

But, overall, whether you decide to make New Year's resolutions this year or not, remember that you are already perfectly and intentionally made! You're perfect the way you are! God gave you a life to live and enjoy, not one to make you stressed or feel helpless, so whatever makes you feel the most confident and the most valued is what you should strive to achieve! No one expects you to have everything figured out, so focus on what makes you happy and what you feel God is calling you to do this next year!


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If College Majors Were Different Things You Do At The Gym

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Going to the gym is just one of those things equivalent to going to classes. You dread it, but you have to do it. So recently, on a walk from class to the Archbold gym, having a full-on inner debate as to which piece of cardio equipment I was in the mood to do, I thought about just how similar those two activities are. And poof – I realized how gym classes and fitness machines secretly connect and align to many different college majors.


1. Doing yoga: English

While many might think that yoga is easy and a relaxing gym class; similar to how reading a book or novel can be so chill and thought-provoking, they’re both so deep and intense, people tend to take them for granted. They are like the underdogs.

However, both yoga and English are major disciplines in which you have to force your mind to go elsewhere, deep in analytical thought. As challenging as some Greek and Shakespearian pieces of literature can be, don’t be fooled by a Firefly or King Pigeon Pose. Both will challenge the body and mind.


2. Kickboxing: Pre-Law

Just as intimidating as the study of law may be, nothing better than Kickboxing correlates to this major. Kickboxing is a group fitness class that combines self-defense skills in a high-energy, fast-paced forum. Lawyers are trained to develop tactics to defend their cases and must always be on top of their game mentally.

Wait too long and your opportunity to object or fight back costs you a dear mistake, similar to how not being prepared on the defense may end up costing you a jab or a punch. Kickboxing is a thorough total body workout incorporating every body part from your calves to your shoulders – similar to how a lawyer must know each and every aspect of a story in order to properly prepare and present a case.


3. Stepping on the tread-climber: Surgeon

The tread-climber is a very complex cardio machine that requires a lot of concentration. It combines the benefit of a treadmill, challenged by the movements of an elliptical all while going uphill. Sound confusing? Well, if you saunter on to this machine at the gym you better have all of your senses in-tact.

Concentration and focus are key here in order to take on this machine effectively. Surgeons must enter the operating rooms with the utmost level of sense and concentration because one minuscule mistake could cost them a patient’s life. Surgeons are always on top of their game – just as you must be if you are so brave as to take on the Treadclimber.


4. Going to a total body class: Business

A total body gym class is a high energy and thorough workout that focuses on every muscle group at an intensity that will simultaneously improve your overall cardiovascular strength and endurance. A career in business is more varied than most people realize.

Business degrees provide broad academic exposure to the critical elements that make organizations function efficiently. A total body class is backed up by motivating music and incorporates a variety of exercises and equipment to always keep you on your toes and eager to see what is next.

The backbone of business is made up of various departments who all must function simultaneously for the common goal. Businesses must always be on their toes to stay on top of their game competitively.


5. Going to a Zumba class: Communications

The dance movements in a Zumba class flow from one move to the next creating one big dance routine and overall body massage. Each routine executed in a Zumba class has to tell a story based on the movements and most importantly the music.

The way in which an advertising major presents a product for sale, a sports broadcaster commentates a game to the public and a news broadcaster retells a story, Zumba and Communications majors are all about the story and the way in which it’s presented.


6. Running on the treadmill: Math

There is a constant formula while walking or running on the treadmill—one foot has to go in front of the other for a successful progression. Math is a constant formula that doesn’t deviate much from what is originally given. The deviations on a treadmill, speed and incline, are like the different levels of math. The harder you make the deviations, the harder your workout will be. In math, the basic formulas are the same, it is just the different levels that make it more challenging.


7. Going to a spin class: Foreign Language

It is very easy to get lost in a high-intensity spin or cycle class. The instructor via headset microphone competes with the loud and hi-energy music calling out moves and positions at sometimes irregular beats that completely confuses a class goer.

These instructors are so invested in their workouts and keeping up with the beats and moves, they can hardly realize if the class is actually keeping up. In a foreign language class, the professors are so animated and invested in their own native language tongue they just assume everyone else is on board as well, not realizing many times students are completely confused and lost.

So the next time you’re sitting in a class or forcing yourself to complete a set or workout in the gym, think about what you can compare them to!

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5 Skin, Hair, and Body Benefits of Coffee

From protection from heart failure to promoting hair growth, drinking 2 cups of coffee has major health benefits.
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Two cups of coffee day WILL keep the doctor away! Contrary to what you may think, coffee has many benefits, as do lots of other things that grow out of the ground, as long as you don't drink 40 ounces of it a day with six packs of sugar.

1. May protect against type 2 diabetes

Drinking coffee increases the hormone SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin) which controls part of the development of type 2 diabetes. A Harvard study discovered that that participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day had a 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.p...).

2. Drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure

Drinking 2 cups of coffee a day has been found to (slightly) increase protection against heart failure by the Harvard School of Public Health. After doing five studies around the world including over 140,000 participants, only a little over 6,000 had experienced some sort of heart failure. Although they are still trying to figure out the logistics, it seems this study could lead to something groundbreaking in what does and does not cause heart failure. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/247109.p...)

3. Helps skin with antioxidant

Coffee has certain antioxidants (similar to those in fruit) called flavonoids that fight “premature aging of the skin due to heat, light, pollution, and damaging free radicals.”

4. Reduces under-eye puffiness

The caffeine in coffee helps reduce the puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and reducing swelling.

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For point 3 and 4, here’s a perfect face mask to help boost your skin!

1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon finely ground coffee

Directions can be found here! (http://www.primallyinspired.com/homemade-coffee-sc...)

5. Hair Growth

Coffee stimulates the hair roots and improving the structure and help them grow. It blocks the effect of DHT, which is a hormone that can cause baldness or hair loss. Do this by rubbing a handful of coffee into your scalp and rinse after 15 minutes, then use your favorite shampoo and conditioner and you’re good to go! (https://www.rewardme.in/beauty/hair/article/use-co...)

As said before, the key to having coffee as an actual benefit is moderation. I personally like to drink one cup of coffee a day (typically 8-12oz) with nothing in it but almond milk. You can add some raw sugar for flavor, but I have grown accustomed to the less sweet taste.

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