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Get up, get out and get moving to a healthier lifestyle

By James Dykeman
On April 12, 2019

Spring is here at last. After the polar vortex, mass class cancellations and delays, treacherous road conditions and all too many excuses for staying in and hibernating, it is now time to venture back out into the sun. 

Just as the birds, squirrels, woodchucks and other creatures are awaking from their slow, winter slumber, so too should we begin to stretch our legs and spend time taking in the warmth and fresh air that nature provides. 

Being sedentary is already an issue with adults in college. We sit in our cars, classrooms, and study rooms while the allure of unhealthy and quick food washed down with an energy drink or sweetened coffee defines many of our meals. This does not apply to all of us, but I know for sure that this winter, I didn’t take any more steps outside than I had to.  

Healthy habits are just that, habits. Now that we can comfortably say that the chilly confines of winter are safely behind us, it is time to get in gear and take more ownership of our health. 

Instead of taking the short inside treks to class, I will be walking outside. A few days a week when the schedule allows, I will walk the mile and a half to the bus and back each day to get my steps in. Personally, I do better with exercise when it is part of my day to day routine and not an extra item on the calendar. 

For those who enjoy working out for fun, remember that Kirkwood Community College has a robust Rec Center that features an indoor jogging track, cardio equipment and weight lifting. This is all included with your EagleCard, just remember to bring a towel. 

If you prefer being outdoors or away from everyday gym goers, there are several walking pathways throughout the campus that are beginning to bloom with life and are just pleasant to walk through during activity hours.  

I do well with eating healthy until the holidays come around in November, then I jump off the wagon and don’t get back around to those new year’s resolutions until about April. 

Remember The Café has a full salad bar of fresh vegetables available each day and free water at the soda fountains. If you want to double down on doing right for your body, it takes me about 20 minutes to walk to subway on Kirkwood Blvd. for a healthy sub or salad. If you have an hour in the middle of your day, I highly recommend the walk. 

Eating healthy and exercising is the key to feeling and sleeping better. If you can walk to school, then do it (I know a few people that live in the apartments five minutes from the main campus who still drive to school). If you don’t live nearby or don’t have the time, try parking on the far end of the parking lot and walking in and try taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  

Spring has sprung and life begins again. Let’s follow the example set by nature and get back into gear by spending some time outdoors and taking care of ourselves!

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