Friday, February 25, 2011

Fitness expert explains ways to manage stress

With Spring Break just a few weeks away, Fake Patty's Day looming over the horizon, midterms coming up and Kansas weather teasing us with no end in sight, it's safe to say this time of year is particularly stressful for college students.
While the stress might seem difficult to handle at times, there are many ways to de-stress and also improve your health in the process.
There's a new fitness website,, that is rapidly gaining popularity with over a million users already. With iPhone apps, workout plans, meeting motivators and groups, the website provides a variety of ways to accommodate the need of any person looking to stay healthy and get in shape.
Kate Brown, community manager of DailyBurn and certified fitness trainer, was able to offer specific tips for college students to help keep fit and manage stress.
Given that the typical college student is incredibly busy, many people might say they just don't have the time to exercise. Taking into account the life of a college student, Brown said high-intensity workouts are great to do in the middle of a study break. She said they require only the use of your own body weight and help reduce stress and refocus if you're knee-deep in an intense study session.
"What you're going for is speed and to get the most bang for you buck," Brown said.
There are three particular exercises she recommended. Body squats (as many as you can do in one minute), plank pushups and the cross body chop. Brown also said taking 30 minutes out of your day to go for a jog with a workout buddy is more beneficial than you might think.

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