Hopping Health

  • An article published by the Carroll County Times states that college drinking is at its highest in students freshmen year. The first six months can make a break a college academic career
  • Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved nutritional supplement, Clinolipid, to alleviate a drug shortage. The drug is an injectable nutrition supplement.
  • Blogger Lauren MacGuidwin complied a list of 7 food and fitness apps that can be used everyday. These apps range from one to find wine online to one that turns your run into an online zombie game.

My personal story of sprinting

“Hi this is Samantha Darling. I’m 21 years old and a senior at the University of Kansas. In grade school I wasn’t really very active and was pretty chunky. Up until that point I had always been self-conscience about my body. 7th grade was the first time I played sports competitively. That fall we would run sprints everyday during volleyball practice. I remember the first week or so I would come home and just lie down on my bed and instantly fall asleep- shoes on, on top of the covers everything. As the season wore on I saw the weight fall off. I felt better about myself. I felt healthier. I played sports all through high school and for each sport we did sprints. And now 10 years later I still run sprints a couple week. They suck. Your legs burn a lot but I know it works. I know its worth it”

New Nutrition

  • Today.com has an article about the dangers of “fitspo” on social media such as Pinterest and Tumblr. Motivational sayings displayed across images of too thin girls may be doing more harm than good for people using these images as workout motivation.
  • Angie Ferguson, exercise physiologist, did an article for news-press.com all about how to properly pace your workout. Ferguson explains why starting a workout too hard and fast could be unproductive in more than one way.
  • Usnewsuniversitydirectory.com published an article last week about how your campus health center can be more helpful than just when you’re feeling sick. Its services generally also include providing care for chronic health issues and controlling illnesses on campus.
  • The Oklahoma State University based webpage osu.uloop.com posted an article last week about eating disorders in college. The article includes symptoms and warning signs of the five most common disorders for college aged students.

Should you be sprinting?

Twice a week, David Kemp, a senior at the University of Kansas, steps out onto his quite neighborhood street and sprints as hard as he can past four houses then stops. Then, he turns around and does the same thing back to where he started. Kemp has just recently switched from long distances runs to doing short, fast sprints.

“When I’d run for miles at a time I just wasn’t seeing the results I wanted,” Kemp said. “I would really only feel the burn in my lungs but with sprinting you feel your legs working. After a few weeks I could see the definition I had been striving for.”

For his personal fitness goals Kemp is trying to build muscle and rather than have high cardiovascular endurance. The effects of sprinting become clear when you look at the different builds of distance runners and sprinters Kemp said. Sprinters are always really muscular while long-distance runners tend to not have a lot of muscle definition.

Kemp is one of a growing group of fitness enthusiast that are converting from the traditional long distance runs to short, high-intensity sprints.

According to “Running Vs Sprinting – Why Marathon Runners Look So Different From Sprinters” by Jared A. James the reason sprinting is proving to be more effective for people like Kemp is because of a principle called “Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand or SAID.” This concept explains that the human body will adapt to whatever training it is put through.

“Doing an hour of cardio training per day will eventually lead to stagnation as the person’s body becomes adapted to that one hour of low-intensity exercise demand,” James writes. “In order to get in better shape, they will need to start doing more, either through higher intensity or longer periods of low intensity training.”

According to James, people trying to lose weight is they can’t just do cardio at the same intensity for the same amount of time and expect to see results. Once the body adapts to the exercise it won’t be making progress whether the aim is build muscle or lose weight.

For those aiming to lose weight, running of any caliber holds yet another benefit. According to an article released in  The International Herald Tribune by Gretchen Reynolds compares the eating habits of those who run versus those who walk as their daily exercise.

The runners “proved after exercise to have significantly higher blood levels of a hormone called peptide YY, which has been shown to suppress appetite,” Reynolds writes. “So to eat less, run first.”

On the other side of the running verus sprinting debate is Becca Clark, a 21-year-old Lawrence resident. Clark is not interested in losing weight or gaining muscle.

“I just want to be able to walk up the stairs without dying,” Clark said.

Her workout regimen consists of low-intensity running twice a week for a couple of miles. Because her goals are based on cardiovascular performance this type of running suits her needs.

Clark proves that traditional cardio of running steadily for long distances isn’t an out-of-date form of exercise just one that brings about different results. Your exercise routine should be based on your goals.

According to James, “Endurance training or “doing cardio” can be used if storing more fat and losing muscle definition is one’s goal, but in order to develop muscle and build speed, an athlete must focus on doing shorter sprints and higher intensity work.”

Fresh Fitness

  • The Mayo Clinic released an article that lists 7 benefits of regular exercise you may not have known. It is well known that exercising can help you lose weight but this article explains why it can also increase your energy in many areas of your life.
  • Tuesday, September 24 the SUA at the University of Kansas is holding Grocery Bingo. When participants win they can select a prize from a table full of groceries. Tickets are free for KU students.
  • Wisebread.com updated their list of seasonal fruits and vegetables on September 4. This article provides a list of in-season fruits and veggies for each month along with recipes that use them.

Hey hey!

Hey everyone! My name is Samantha Darling and I’m a senior at the University of Kansas. I’m really interested in heath and fitness but as a full time student I have no time and no money. I plan to find healthy food and meals that students can afford and students in Kansas can find. I also will be looking at different exercises and what is most affective for different fitness goals. I hope you will all join me on my journey to get fit.

Rock Chalk!