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Get Fit In 2014: Bu Programs Help Students Meet Exercise Goals For The New Year

With the start of the New Year, resolutions to become a better person and make mental and physical self-improvements are in the air. However, maintaining these resolutions prove to be more difficult than creating them.

According to the University of Scrantons study of resolution statistics, only 46 percent of resolutions were maintained after the six-month mark in 2013.

In the same study, the top resolution for the 2014 year is to lose weight, with staying fit and healthy sitting not too far behind at number five.

While the winter weather can be a challenging obstacle in maintaining goals for achieving better fitness in 2014, a few BU athletic clubs and the BU Fitness and Recreation Center provide opportunities to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

BU Curling Club

According to the BU Curling Clubs website, the mission of BUCC is to spread awareness of the sport of curling to the Boston University community and to give all interested full-time students the opportunity to learn how to curl.

We would really like BUCC to grow in terms of the number of members we currently have, said Matt Huse, BUCC secretary. We would like to see beginners who do come on their first trip to come back on subsequent trips and become devoted members.

According to the World Curling Federation, curling is one of the oldest sports in the world. Beginning in Scotland, curling gradually becoming more popular, and eventually became an Olympic Sport in 1924. In the game, players slide flat stones across ice with brooms towards a mark. Players must control the speed and direction in order to get the more stones on or closer to the mark than the other teams.

Curling may not be the most physically demanding sport, but after playing for an hour or two you do get tired, Huse, a School of Management sophomore, said. If youre the captain of the team, the game involves a lot of strategy, and after a tournament where you play three to four games, youre mentally exhausted as well.

The club meets almost every Friday from mid-October until the end of March. During this period, there are also several tournaments. BUCC plays at Broomstones Curling Club in Wayland and for more experienced curlers, there are two to three weekend tournaments per semester.

We have two main intentions that we try to accomplish every year, Huse said. One is that we try to have as much fun as possible at our weekly curling trips, and secondly we try to accumulate enough merit points through tournaments and head-to-head matchups to qualify for the Nationals event, where the top 16 college curling teams compete for the National Championship.

Outside of having fun and preparing for tournaments, BUCC also believes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Huse suggests that rather than watching TV and eating snacks, biking or running is a better alternative.

Joining any sports clubs, especially ones that interest you, is a great way to become more fit and help you meet any New Years resolutions related to fitness, Huse said.

BU Running Club

The Boston University Running Club (BURC) is the only Student Activities Office-approved student running group on campus. BURC is open to runners of all abilities and aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and passion for running.

Although we do occasionally run races as a club, we are not a competitive team but rather a group of like-minded students that tries to involve as many runners as possible, irrespective of their ability, for the maximum enjoyment of the group and of every individual member, said Urs Weber, treasurer of BURC.

The club currently leaves for runs from Marsh Plaza every weekday afternoon at 4 p.m. Despite the cold winter months, Weber said it is easier to maintain enthusiasm when around others who are equally passionate about running.

The BURC is a tight-knit community that was brought together by a passion for running, Weber, and College of Arts and Sciences senior, said. Friendships quickly develop in the club and we keep each other motivated throughout the year, especially during the cold and snowy winter months.

Weber also said maintaining fitness is the best way to ward off many diseases.

We live at a time where disease is related to unhealthy lifestyle choices, Weber said. Not everyone has to be able to run a six-minute mile, but everyone should be able to get up the stairs without having to catch their breath.

She found that maintaining fitness helps keep personal balance of studies and exercise.

Resolving to improve ones fitness is always an important first step towards a healthier lifestyle, no matter when the resolution is made, Weber said. New Years resolutions related to fitness are a great first step towards improving fitness and health, but they have to be implemented throughout the year to produce lasting benefits.

Weber said he would like to invite anyone who is already a runner or who would like to get started to join BURC for a run. Those interested can find more information on BURCs Facebook page.

BU Bodybuilding and Fitness Club

The official goal of the Bodybuilding and Fitness Club (BUBFC) is to help members of the BU community reach and surpass their training goals, and to tap into the vast resources already available at BU and strive to be a force of change on campus while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

BUBFC uses BU resources such as Nutrition Services through Sargent College and the Athletic Center Department. While the club focuses on fitness, it also concentrates on mental values as well.

BUBFC is not a club that is just about working out, said Prady Tewarie, CAS graduate and one of the founders of the club. We are bodybuilders, and that means that we lead our lives through the values it instills: discipline, mental fortitude, constant self-improvement and a never-give-up attitude.

Tewarie said the biggest victory is seeing the members who had no prior bodybuilding experience fall in love with the sport, especially after the big difference that bodybuilding made in Tewaries own life.

Over the past five years, I have become more in-tune with my spiritual self and have been able to accomplish things I never thought possible precisely because I realized that I was the master of my own fate, Tewarie said. This is something I would never have realized if it werent for bodybuilding.

Tewarie also supports the ideas of New Year resolutions to get fit.

What could be better than people taking initiative to making positive change in their lives? Tewarie said. Fitness is very important. Once I started seeing the power I had in changing my body, I realized that I had more control over my fate that I ever thought possible. I felt powerful in all areas of my life.

The club usually meets on Thursday afternoons, and any additional meetings or changes to the schedule are posted on the BU Bodybuilding Facebook page. Tewarie also added that prospective members should not feel scared to join.

Many people feel intimidated when they see the word Bodybuilding in our club name, and this could not be further from the truth, Tewarie said. Bodybuilding is an activity of self-discovery where individuals use it as a tool to empower not only themselves, but also each other.

BU FitRec

Seven courts of gym space, an indoor jogging track, two pools and a rock-climbing wall are only part of what makes up BUs Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec). From individual workouts to hiring a personal trainer or enrolling into group fitness classes, there are many opportunities to follow a resolution to get in shape.

According to FitRecs website, the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is committed to providing unparalleled educational and recreational programs, services, and facilities in order to promote health, wellness and activities that strengthen the University and local communities.

Located in West Campus, FitRec provides opportunities for an easier transition into New Year resolution habits through free member classes, long operating hours and the encouraging environment to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At FitRec, BU affiliates can exercise, socialize and be healthy all at the same time.

Keep up the good work

With one month of the New Year complete, the popularity of resolutions is starting to fade.

Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo revealed tips towards keeping up with a resolution in an article for Beliefnet. She suggests writing out a commitment statement in order to prioritize the goal on a daily basis, getting help from friends to remind and ask about the resolution and keeping the commitment realistic.

Lombardo also said to address the setbacks and give rewards for progress. New Year resolutions should be a positive process, and overcoming stress and certain environments is a part of the process.

Scientists who study change consider relapse to be a normal part of change, Lombardo said. This does not mean feel free to give in every once in a while. It does mean that, if it happens, you need not beat yourself up.

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  1. Reply

    Give Me Some Bodybuilding Tips Please? I’m into bodybuilding and I want to get bigger so I would like it if you more experienced guys can give me some bodybuilding tips.

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      To get bigger you are going to need to eat more, at least 500 – 1000 calories more then your needed daily intake. Now, you should be getting these calories from solid whole food especially meat and don’t be eating any processed rubbish as you want to eat the foods which still have all the nutrients in them.

      You are also going to need to work hard in the gym and I recommend going three times each week and doing compound exercises to develop an all round physique.

      Oh and be patient 🙂

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  2. Reply

    What Are Some Bodybuilding Tips To Gain Muscle? I’m 19 years old. I want to gain muscle! Any tips on gaining muscle? What helps you? How do you stay motivated?

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    Where Can I Get Good Bodybuilding Tips? I want to start bodybuilding but I don’t know where to start. Im just away to join a gym, but I dont really know what sort of diet and supplements I should have in conjunction with working out?

    thanks in advance

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      Gaining muscle takes the same amount of focus and preparation as
      losing weight. Some important facts about gaining muscle:

      •You can’t necessarily gain muscle without gaining some fat as well.
      •There are no magic foods, powders or pills that will allow you to
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      naturally (again, the genes), but most will gain some fat along with
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      •Your body is very different from a bodybuilder–trying to gain mass
      to look like them is not the best idea. They have different muscle
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      •If you’re a teenager, you’ll have a hard time changing your body
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      the years pass.
      •Gaining weight requires eating more and lifting more
      Gaining muscle requires that you eat more calories than you burn. For
      those with high metabolisms, that may seem impossible, but if you try
      a few of these tricks, you’ll find that adding calories to your day is
      easier than you think:

      •Choose calorie-rich foods like granola, bagels, biscuits, avocados,
      olives, corn, meat, nuts, peanut butter, milk, yogurt and cheese.
      •Add extra calories to your meals by using milk instead of water for
      soups, sauces and hot cereals.
      •Sprinkle powdered milk into casseroles.
      •Add calorie-rich foods (like avocado, cheese and dressing) to
      sandwiches and salads
      •Mix beans, meat or cheese into pasta or side dishes
      •Snack on yogurt, shakes, crackers and dip
      •Keep a food diary for a week or so to get an idea of what you’re
      eating and where you can add more calories
      The trick is to add calories without adding too much saturated fat.
      You can also consider downing smoothies or meal replacement shakes in
      between meals.

      Lift, Lift, Lift

      Once you get your calories under control, you need to start lifting
      weights. This will help you gain more muscle and help minimize the
      amount of fat you gain (although you should expect to gain some fat as
      well). Folks trying to gain muscle should:
      •Lift heavy. This means lifting enough weight that you can only
      complete about 6-8 repetitions of each exercise. The last few reps
      should be difficult–the last one should be really hard, but not
      impossible.
      •Have longer recovery periods between sets
      •Have more recovery days between workouts
      •Use spotters to avoid injury
      •Continue with cardio, but keep it at maintenance level–around 2-3
      days of cardio a week to keep your heart in shape
      •Start with a full body program 2-3 nonconsecutive days a week, if
      you’re a beginner. Allow your body a few weeks to get used to lifting
      weights before you tackle more intense routines.

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    • Sam
    • January 16, 2014
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    Can Protein Powder Help Me Building Big Muscles? I am frm india
    i have joined gym frm 2 months.my body is a little weaker..gym trainer r suggest me to take protein powder and told me surely i can grow my grow my body and muscles within 1 month by regular intake of powder.and i want to grow my body much batter.is it true that protein powder realy works effectively?plz suggest me any protein powder name.nd how much it cost per kilo?plz give me bodybuilding tips and diet.

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      Hi, The most common two types you are likely to have come across are whey and soy protein powder. There are differences in the biological values of the two types, with whey protein coming from animal sources, but whey protein powder side effects are essentially the same as soy protein powder side effects.
      This can cause two problems:

      The first is that too much protein in the kidneys will increase the acidity level of your blood; this reacts with the calcium in your body and makes the bones weaker – increasing your muscle mass at the same time as weakening your bones is an easy way to injury yourself badly.

      The second is the extremely painful condition of kidney stones. If you think recovering after a tough workout hurts, try developing kidney stones. It is clearly something you want to avoid and just another reason to consume only the recommended intake of protein each day.

      Protein powder side effects are real, but as discussed, it should be remembered that they usually only develop when the user consumes far too much. If you are a beginner at the gym, the best way to gauge is to see how much weight you gain each week. A beginner, who follows a good workout schedule and leaves enough rest time between workouts, can expect to gain about 1 to 1.5 pounds per week. If you find that you are not, gradually increase your protein intake.

      Take care men… don’t take protein powder.

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    What Is The Best Fitness And Bodybuilding Webste? I am looking for a good web site that has alot of tips and work out stuff.Like diffrent work outs and excercises.Not justr about working out but like a information resource.

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    Can I Have Some Tips On Eating Healthier And Exercising More? Sometimes I overeat and I dont get the right amount of exercise I need. Can I please have some tips on eating less and different types of exercises to work my stomach, thighs, and booty.

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      Okay you should listen to music while you workout to motivate you.
      if you want exercises go to http://www.bodybuilding.com, click on Supersite, then look to your left and under Supersite click on Exercises

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