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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To All The Nurses In The Making

We tell ourselves that one day it'll all pay off, but will it actually?
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I bet you’re taking a break from studying right now just to read this, aren’t you? Either at the library with friends or in your dorm room. Wherever you may be, you never get the chance to put your books down, at least that’s how it feels to most of us. It sucks feeling like you’ve chosen the hardest major in the world, especially when you see other students barely spending any time studying or doing school work. The exclamation “You’re still here!” is an all too frequent expression from fellow students after recognizing that you’ve spent 10-plus hours in the library. At first it didn’t seem so bad and you told yourself, “This isn’t so difficult, I can handle it,” but fast-forward a few months and you’re questioning if this is really what you want to do with your life.

You can’t keep track of the amount of mental breakdowns you’ve had, how much coffee you’ve consumed, or how many times you’ve called your mom to tell her that you’re dropping out. Nursing is no joke. Half the time it makes you want to go back and change your major, and the other half reminds you why you want to do this, and that is what gets you through it. The thing about being a nursing major is that despite all the difficult exams, labs and overwhelming hours of studying you do, you know that someday you might be the reason someone lives, and you can’t give up on that purpose. We all have our own reasons why we chose nursing -- everyone in your family is a nurse, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, you’re good at it, or like me, you want to give back to what was given to you. Regardless of what your reasoning is, we all take the same classes, deal with the same professors, and we all have our moments.

I’ve found that groups of students in the same nursing program are like a big family who are unconditionally supportive of each other and offer advice when it’s needed the most. We think that every other college student around us has it so easy, but we know that is not necessarily true. Every major can prove difficult; we’re just a little harder on ourselves. Whenever you feel overwhelmed with your school work and you want to give up, give yourself a minute to imagine where you’ll be in five years -- somewhere in a hospital, taking vitals, and explaining to a patient that everything will be OK. Everything will be worth what we are going through to get to that exact moment.

Remember that the stress and worry about not getting at least a B+ on your anatomy exam is just a small blip of time in our journey; the hours and dedication suck, and it’s those moments that weed us out. Even our advisors tell us that it’s not easy, and they remind us to come up with a back-up plan. Well, I say that if you truly want to be a nurse one day, you must put in your dedication and hard work, study your ass off, stay organized, and you WILL become the nurse you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let someone discourage you when they relent about how hard nursing is. Take it as motivation to show them that yeah, it is hard, but you know what, I made it through.

With everything you do, give 110 percent and never give up on yourself. If nursing is something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, stick with it and remember the lives you will be impacting someday.

SEE ALSO: Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

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Stop Worrying About The Future, What You're Missing Is Happening Right Now

Learning to let go of things that you cannot control is crucial to living a less stressful life.

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Everyone experiences stress about the future at some point in their life. It does not matter how old you are or what stage of your life you are currently working through; it is perfectly normal to fret about the future. However, at some point, it is important to realize that you cannot control everything all of the time. Oftentimes, it may feel helpless as you have no control over the events that will occur over the course of your lifetime; yet, that is the beauty of life: it is unpredictable.

While you do not have the ability to completely control all of the outcomes of your life, you do have the ability to control the way that you handle the situations thrown in your direction. Understanding this can be difficult because trying to stop your worries about the future can seem nearly impossible; I do not even know if it is completely doable. Yet, it is simultaneously freeing and frightening when you begin to wrap your mind around the idea that the course of your life is unpredictable. Stop wasting your time fretting about what you do not even know for sure will occur. (And even if this one specific event does occur, there is still a chance that it will not occur exactly how you imagine that it will.)

Looking forward to future events is exciting and setting goals that help guide the direction of your life are normal to do. It becomes unhealthy when you become fixated on the future fretting about the negative things that may or may not even happen. In doing so, you become less aware of what is happening right here, right now. You lose the ability to completely and thoroughly live in the moment that you are living in because your body is one place, physically, while your mind is wandering off to some unknown, distant place, mentally. In order to be your best self, your body and mind both need to be working at the same time and place; this will create a state of total awareness to fully immerse yourself into the current moment.

Through living in a state of mindfulness for the present moment, there is a good chance that you will be able to reduce unnecessary stressors in your life. While it is important to know that stress is inevitable, and a normal, required part of life, longterm stress promotes health problems. Thus, by letting go of some of your frantic worries about the future, you can not only cultivate a sense of better involvement, but you also have the opportunity to relieve some anxieties that you are not even completely sure will happen. Save yourself all of the trouble involved with emotional stress and psyching yourself up about how you will handle big (or even small) situations in the distant future.

Stop being a worrier; rather, start being a warrior, and conquer this moment that you are experiencing right now.

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