Why College Students Should Take Spin Classes

Why College Students Should Take Spin Classes

Get ready to feel the burn!
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My college recently just started holding spin classes and ever since I started I can say nothing but great things. You go to class surrounded by people who want to work hard and are always instructed by great teachers who encourage you throughout the hour spent cycling. Spin pushes you nonstop throughout the class. You are consecutively biking to music where you go through cycles of biking at an average pace, fast pace and slow pace, or the cool-down period.

In spin you go through cycles with different resistances. One is where you will raise the resistance so that the weight on your legs are heavier, acting as if you are biking up a hill. You also do what are called "jumps" where you quickly go from biking sitting down to biking standing up at a lighter resistance. You will also do cycles where you pedal fast and act as if you are going downhill at a moderate to light resistance. All three of these paces/resistance combinations will help to raise your heart rate.

What I really enjoy about spin class is that your able to push yourself at your own pace. You have the option of adding or lowering the resistance on the bike to go at a rate that is comfortable to you. The instructor will suggest when to raise or lower the resistance so that you know how much you should be pushing yourself during certain parts of the class. But everything is really up to you and how much is enough or not enough of a push for your body.

It is also a good break from everyday life. College can get really stressful with classes, exams, projects and extracurriculars. So taking the time out of the day to work out is really important for any college student. Spin class allows you to take that break and take time to yourself to do something good for your body. Biking helps to relieve stress and allows you to focus on something other than schoolwork. The upbeat music in class helps to boost your mood and the instructors always encourages you during class with positive words to keep you pushing harder.

Spin is perfect class for anyone who is looking for a high cardio workout, looking to burn calories or simply just trying to get some good exercise in! I hope this article encourages you to try spin and to continue taking classes to improve your health!

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.
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It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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I'm Motivated, But I Still Get Off Track Sometimes And That's OK

Every failure turns into a success.
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Whether you're working out and getting that body you've always wanted, trying to find a job, etc, staying motivated can be difficult.

Finding our motivation doesn't mean automatic success. We have these goals in our head but suddenly we lose interest in trying. It's like those negatives override the positives and it's hard to pull ourselves out of it.

You want to be fit but you just can't get yourself to the gym. You make excuses that you're tired, you don't feel good, or that you have nobody to go with. You want to find a job, but you can't because your resume isn't good enough. It's too much work, or you're just scared.

The struggle to stay motivated is something we all deal with, but I find that with the right people and with the right frame of mind, you can do it. If you really want something, you will go for it. It's OK to lose that motivation and to have feelings of giving up, but just remember to pick yourself back up again and keep going.

I become motivated in different ways. I have been reading this book called, "101 Secrets For Your Twenties" by Paul Angone and it's so relatable. It has actually inspired me to not give up and to know that other people are going through their ups and downs in their 20s just like I am. Some of the chapters are so spot on and specific that I think he's writing about me. If the author has gone through these things and has become successful, then I can do the same.

I look back at my accomplishments and what it took to get to where I am today and I'm so grateful. I use that as my motivation and whenever I get a little off track, I remind myself of where I am now, how I got here, and who I am as a person.

I'm a go-getter and I've always been the type of person to try and achieve anything my heart is set on. I wanted to go to FGCU and I did. I wanted to graduate and I did. I wanted to write a book and I did.

Those little voices that tell you "No, you can't do it" are lying.

Take those ugly words and turn them into something great.

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