Defeating the Couch Potato

Defeating the Couch Potato
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So the new year has arrived and you see big things happening right? The only problem is that your get up and go has got up and left. If you really want to achieve your goals this year you will need to find the motivation to get up and make it happen. Luckily we have some great tips to help you defeat your inner couch potato. Are you ready?

The first thing you need to do is create a goal and get excited about it. A great way to do that is to envision yourself when you have reached your goal, how amazing and accomplished you will feel. Okay, do you have a goal? Now write it down, but make sure to be specific. When do you want to reach your goal? How will you get there? Is there anything that’s going to get in your way? This is your time to plan out all the small details so you have a clear path to success.

Alright so you have a goal and you’ve created a plan, how about your reward. You’ll want to acknowledge all of your small successes to help you stay motivated as you progress and keep your eye on the prize. Your reward can big or small, whatever you like; just make sure you treat yourself for all your hard work. Don’t forget to tell others about your goal. Sharing your goals with your friends and family is great way to keep you accountable. Now you’re all ready to go, so what are you waiting for? Get up off the couch and GO!

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Has Netflix become the college student’s number one source of entertainment? Perhaps. Apart from supplying the latest movies and shows, it’s also affordable for almost any college student at only $9.99 a month.

Netflix has grown in popularity in the last few years, however, we can’t ignore all the other sources of entertainment available in our culture: YouTube, Vine, Vimeo, and streaming websites such as Megashare and many more.

It’s not that watching TV is a terrible thing; In fact, it’s a great source of entertainment, especially when spending time with family and friends. Nonetheless, it becomes a real problem when we make it a habit. We can’t diminish the negative effects that lifestyle has on the body. For lack of better words, let’s call it the “couch potato syndrome.”

It almost seems glorious to sit at home with mounds of food at your disposal while enjoying the newest season of “The Walking Dead” or “Blacklist.” But do we really understand what this does to our bodies? I’m sure most of us do, but it doesn’t hurt to restate the obvious: It adds pounds to our thighs, hips and of course, our bellies.

And it’s not that students don’t want to be healthy, it’s just that many don’t know how, or maybe they don’t have the motivation. Besides, it’s the holiday season, which means, more time at home, more food, and more holiday movies to watch. Colossal.

After gaining weight over the holidays, students often make the famous New Year’s resolution: “Gym, all day, everyday”. However, for the average student, this may only last one month, maybe 3 weeks.

The way to approach the “couch potato syndrome” is not to make an outrageous goal to become a health freak or a gym rat overnight, and then feel guilty when it doesn’t happen.

Instead, it starts by being real with yourself. Make realistic goals. Instead of committing to a 5-day workout plan right away, start working out 3 times a week for an hour. Let your body condition itself to physical activity, and once you have a routine, add more time to your workout. At that point, your body will be ready to take on more.

Also, working out doesn’t just happen at the gym. In fact, being healthy is a lifestyle.

Although Physical activity maintains a healthy body, it doesn’t do much if your diet remains unhealthy. Similar to physical activity, improvement starts with being real with yourself in regards to your dietary habits. Take realistic steps. Limit yourself to junk food to 2-3 times a week if your habit is to have it 7 days a week.

If you make outrageous changes right away, chances are you’ll miss it so much that you’ll wake up one day and binge like you haven’t eaten in a week. As your body gets use to it, cut more and more junk food, until it’s no longer a lifestyle habit.


Here are some healthy tips for staying fit

  1. Go for walks more often.
  2. Jog around the park.
  3. Find a jogging or workout buddy (having people with you will motivate you)
  4. Go ice skating (great for the winter)
  5. Go swimming
  6. Join a recreational sport team

 

Here are some tips for healthy eating

  1. Cut the fast foods: McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Popeye’s, and the like
  2. Eat fruits and vegetables daily
  3. Pack your own lunches
  4. Be mindful of calories and carbs (read product labels)
  5. Buy healthy snacks (nuts, granola bars, baked chips)
  6. Drink more water (instead of pop)
  7. Treat yourself with junk food on occasion, once a week ideally (don’t deprive yourself)

 

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