It was not until recently that I began to hate TedTalks. Do not get me wrong, they are enlightening and educational. There was that time when I would come into class and go "Yes! We are watching a movie!" or "Yes! We are watching a TedTalk!" because it involved me not putting effort into class. But now I realized how I want to spend my tuition money. Yes, TedTalks are good teaching methods. But they should be assigned as homework or outside materials if need-be to get the ideas across. I am now going into my junior year and understanding the down and dirty of finances and education. When I was a freshman, I didn't have any idea. I take out loans each year to work toward getting a degree that I will need in order to get a job after college. However, I need skills to apply to that job, and TedTalks are not going to cut it. The best education I have gotten are from classes that are pure lecture. No movies, program, etc. How am I supposed to go into the real world if a portion of my knowledge is based on programs that are "ideas" but not concepts rooted toward my career goals and passions. Personally, I believe that TedTalks are cop-outs in an educational standpoint. All I am asking for is to get the skill sets and knowledge that I need that will prepare me for the job and career that I want after I leave college and go out in the real world. Isn't that what college is supposed to prepare you for? I'm not saying that TedTalks are not educational; all I'm saying is that it is not what I am putting my tuition money towards, and what I am paying professors to teach me. If your'e a professor, don't you want to leave a legacy that you gave your students the best skills and knowledge you could? Not that someone else did it for you? Last I checked, my tuition wasn't paying the TedTalk speaker, it was paying the institution and the professors who are working to educate myself and my peers. So where let me ask you this: where is your $50,000 going?
We all have a crazy adventure planned, that we live out solely through our Pinterest boards. It wasn't until recently, when I myself took the trip of a lifetime with two of my best friends, that I realized how good road trips can actually be for both your mind AND body.
Driving = Hippocampus Expansion
Driving, especially long distances, helps your brain with spatial reasoning. A Sunny Afternoon explains that driving actually helps this region of the brain make calculations and increases brain power. Kinda like sudoku... but on wheels.
New places, faces and experiences = MENTAL WORKOUT
Think of all the cool things you will see, the hundreds of different people you could meet, and the awesome places you'll explore. This overload of new information to process will help your brain build its capacity.
Fresh air and sunshine is the key to bettering your mind, which leads to bettering your body. Not only do your lungs get a break from pollution-filled air, but the sun boosts the Vitamin D levels in your body to put you in a better mood.
Good company = good mood.
Choose your travel buddies wisely. Yes, you'll be stuck in the car with them for a LONG period of time, but they also can help with your mental health. The happier you are and the more you laugh, the bigger boost your serotonin levels will get.
You (most likely) will get a lot of good exercise.
OK, hear me out... I know being cooped up in the car on a road trip isn't very good exercise. It's so important to pick a place that features some sort of physical aspect (I just took a hiking trip to a few national parks in Utah) so you can stretch those legs.
Your mind will thank you for finally going tech-free.
We're all obsessed with our phones (you are... admit it). Going on a road trip is the perfect way to go unplugged and give your eyes/mind a rest. Less smartphone/email/social media time means less stress.
If you need some backup for convincing your parents to let you go on a road trip, show them this article. You're welcome and travel safe!!!
After going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to try a barre class, last month I finally decided to. And let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions I have made for not only myself but my body! I tried my first class at Barre N9ne in Andover, Massachusetts (with multiple location in Woburn, Somerville, and Danvers), and I truly don't think I could have found a better studio. From the moment you walk into the studio there is a great vibe and the instructors are so informative and caring. If you are in the area, I highly recommend Barre N9ne!
It Is A Full Hour To Yourself
My favorite part of barre is it is an hour to myself. No phone, no distractions, just working to improve myself with each set. When I go to the gym whether I am lifting weights or running on the treadmill at some point I am on my phone responding to a text or changing the song I am listening to. During barre, I don't even think about who texted me or what email I have to respond to. It is complete me time.
The BEST Core Workout
During barre, your core is engaged the entire time. Then, at the end of the workout there is 5-7 minutes of actual core workouts. This makes it one of the best core workouts because instead of just focusing on your core for a few minutes, you are engaging it throughout the class and then additionally at the end.
You Will Gain Strength and Definition
A typical barre class is a full body workout and over time you will gain strength and see definition. It takes about 5 classes to start seeing results. By strengthening each muscle group, you are not only gaining definition you are also strengthening all muscles (even the ones that are often underused and underdeveloped).
You Will Become More Flexible
After each muscle group worked on, you will stretch. This is something that is often overlooked because people don't want to take the time to stretch during a workout and save it until the end, or even not at all. The amount of stretching done in a barre class will improve your range of motion and help to reduce any risk of injuries.
Mind Body Connection
During class you will often hear your instructor say to "focus on the mind body connection". But, what is it? Well, when you focus your attention on the muscle you are working, you tend to work harder and more effectively. This then gives you faster results. When you then focus on that muscle group and stop focusing on all the background noise of your stressful day, or what you have to do after class, or that big test next week, you are really able to focus in and have the best workout.
Your Muscles Will Shake (In A Good Way)
Barre utilizes micro movements. Meaning, since you preform many reps of the same movement involving specific muscles in barre, you are then working your muscles to exhaustion. When your muscles are exhausted, they start to shake. If you aren't shaking, work harder!
Through every pulse, squeeze, and tuck enjoy your time during barre. I hope you give barre classes a try because I know I don't regret it and I know you won't either.