Hi! I hope applying to grad schools is going well. You probably have made your decision already. I’m sure you’ll get into one of your top choices with all the activities you are doing. I agree that keeping a regular exercise regimen helps productivity and staying on schedule.
I eat vegan about 95% of the time, and I find it a very balanced nutrition plan! As for gaining weight, definitely make sure you are eating enough. Do you have time for meals? Do not deprive yourself even if you are busy. You deserve time to eat and to relax! Make sure you have a protein source at every meal. For example, I drink soy milk as part of breakfast, beans as a main part of lunch, and lentils as a dinner entree. Try and do 2-3 strength workouts a week in place of cardio. Some people are naturally underweight…have you always been thin and are your family members generally thin? Being underweight is big concern if it’s from recent weight loss.
Hi! What a GREAT time to start exercising! For a healthy person, having no medical complications, here are some ways to increase your running stamina.
1) Drink water before, and after 10 minutes of running. This will help with feeling dizzy and lightheaded.
2) Take a walking break after 10 minutes, and then do one more round.
3) Stretch briefly before, and for 7-10 minutes after exercising. (Something I need to work on too.
4) Strengthen major muscles by doing: calf raises, squats, and lunges.
5) Keep it up!
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haha yes, I can see how that may get tiresome for your brother. That is SO awesome that you guys are doing this together!!! Good luck, and I’m here for you guys :D I always try to post topics relevant to guys too.
Hi! Coffee has more caffeine than tea which I do not need. Tea also has more antioxidants than coffee. Tea stains your teeth less! Coffee is not “super unhealthy,” especially if you are drinking regular coffee with just some milk/milk alternative. It gets bad like during the holiday season when Starbucks has all these specialty drinks full of whip cream, sugar, syrup, and empty calories. It’s a little worrying that you aren’t getting enough sleep as a freshman in college. My roommate and I sleep 7-8 hours a night in med school. I drink tea, but she doesn’t drink any caffeinated drinks! Figure out why you’re so pressed for time. Did you over-commit this semester? Are you balancing school and play well? Are you productive during the daytime? Is your class schedule messed up with lots of small time gaps? I would say a reliance on caffeine is a negative habit to have, and it’s not a necessary component of productivity. Nor is it the secret to academic success. You’re going to do great!
New Year’s Resolution? Getting enough sleep =)
For me, I drink tea daily. I’ll reuse one teabag for 2-3 refills. I like herbal teas to squash sugar cravings. Tea helps me from snacking and eating late at night. I drink coffee when I need to stay-up late to go out with friends…lol I drink coffee when I need to have fun, not when I need to study!
Do you find that you NEED caffeine?
Hellooo everyone! I just started school again and one of the first things I did was upgrade from student to student premier gym membership (and a locker for my workout clothes and accessories)! It’s totally worth the extra 20 bucks since I’ve already taken 3 new classes my first week! I plan on taking 2-3 classes a week. I’m most interested in strengthening and yoga classes, but I’m also intrigued by spinning! Okay so, my roommates, who also got the upgrade, are motivated to stay in shape and workout throughout our medical school studies. They plan to workout about 4 times a week to get stronger, relieve stress, and tone up. The classes I took were:
BodyPump (55 min): This was super fun!!! It’s all high repetition with lower weights lifting, so it’s challenging, but you don’t sweat a lot. We did a variety of squats, lunges, arm curls, tricep exercises, shoulders, and abs. We use a mini bar bell to which you add as much weight as you can handle. It’s a popular class because its intense and it works! The music used is upbeat and gets you into the groove. We loved our energetic instructor too =) My roommate and I were a little embarrassed at first to start out with lower weights, but we focused on form and we’re ready to pump it up next time! If you don’t want to do weights in the gym by yourself or don’t know of a good routine, I suggest signing up for a class like BodyPump.
Integrated Yoga (1 hour): Okay so this was kind of boring…It was very basic so we didn’t even get to do many poses. And there was no music. This class is supposed to incorporate a lot of techniques from different branches of yoga, but all we really did was back stretches and triangle…The teacher was cool though. She went around to help and correct our alignment. She’s also like 65, skinny, fit, and bohemian-styled. It’s kind of weird to see senior citizens demonstrate how to tuck your tailbone…but whatever, I know I’m going to be one of those ladies one day! However, I love doing yoga after a confusing day at school or work. It helps me focus on something singular, straight forward, and just about my physical well-being.
Athletic Conditioning (1 hour): This was the most intense class I’ve ever taken. It was way harder than the NTC workouts I’ve done. We exhausted all our muscle groups, did nonstop cardio blasts, and had super short shake-out breaks. For legs, we did squats like there was no tomorrow. What killed me were squats-on-toe-raises..UGH. My legs were shaking uncontrollable it was crazy!!! We did this simple quad lift and extension which started to burn after about reps. Me and another student from across the room made eye contact and started laughing because we were both in so much pain. The props used were: a light-weight ball, full bosu ball, step, and sets of light and heavy weights. It was crazy I thought I was going to die multiple times. The teacher was awesome and I’m sad that she’s just about to leave…I will probably try the class again although I’m pretty scared. You can work your triceps pretty well by just kicking back several times, and then pulsing!
Other ways I stayed active this week include: walking to and from school (my roomies and I do this together!), long walks with hills and stairs on rest days, and lots of stretching. ALSO, a great way to strengthen your back AND stay awake in lecture is to sit up incredibly straight!
Oh and yesterday was my White Coat Ceremony =)! I told a lot of my classmates and even some of my instructors about you guys and my blog! Everyone’s really supportive and I’m looking forward to bringing fresh ideas to your dashboard!
Summary of “Racing in the Heat”
Competitor Magazine, August 2012
By: Krista Austin, Ph.D, sports nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and consultant to US Olympic runners
1. Replace lost fluids: Rough commendations include taking in 4-6 oz. (1-1.5 cups) of carbohydrate/electrolyte liquid every 20 minutes. Those with a high sweat rate need to replace electrolytes more often than carbohydrates. It’s useful to determine sweat rate. Fluids taken in before and during a race help transport heat from the body.
2. Acclimate to the heat: During the weeks before your race, try to gently expose yourself to high temperatures. Go into a sauna or warm room before training runs. Or, wear additional layers during a few easy, long, and pace runs. During the final month of training, start running in a long sleeve or light jacket.
3. Start hydrating early: 3 days before your race, drink water at meals and electrolyte drinks at other times. You should not feel thirsty and your urine should not even have a moderate yellow color.
4. Hyperload sodium: This is helpful if you have a high sweat rate. Eat high-salt snacks the day before the race. The extra sodium will prompt you to drink more before and during the race keeping your electrolyte levels high.
5. Eat a cool pre-race breakfast: Enjoy a cold smoothie, low-fiber cereal, overnight oats, or chilled fruit!
6. Reduce your warm-up: Because it’s so hot, you don’t have to do that much before your race. Focus on activating your muscles by stretching. Minimize the amount of time you are in the heat and sun.
7. Start Slower: You are bound to run slower in hotter temperatures. Adding 20 seconds to your per-mile pace gives you a good chance at finishing and running a competitive second half.
8. Lower your core temperature: Keep a bag of crushed ice on your body before a race, similar to an ice vest. You can also just hold something cold in your hands.
9. Drink early and often: Drink at every aid station! Take in electrolytes with every 8-12 oz. of fluids during a race.
Geraldine’s input: Sport drinks and electrolyte drinks are for training and not for regular consumption. They are great for a race and long workouts, but keep in mind their caloric and sugar contents which are not beneficial to everyday exercise and weight loss attempts. They also are bad for your teeth! I drank electrolytes during the SF marathon starting at mile 10, but did not use them during training. I plan to use them during my long runs (15+) so my body gets use to digesting more carbs while running. I believe they did help me stay energized during the marathon!
Hope this helps anyone planning on a late summer race!
About once a week. I’m not a devotee to any particular grocery store and my preferences change depending on where I’m living. Currently, I live in the suburbs and find the following to have the freshest produce:
I’ll be living in an urban environment soon, so I’ll be frequently smaller, family owned stores in the city!