Tag Archives: Health

A Lifestyle, Not a Diet

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I’ve been using the blog to promote a fitter lifestyle: healthy food tips,  work out classes on a budget,  the science behind certain excercise routines, etc. I rarely use the word “diet,” because I believe all diets are fads and inefficient at obtaining (and maintaining) the goals your mind and body want. Sure, there are lots of “magic” pills, master cleanses, and restricted eating plans that may help you lose the weight, but ultimately they can be ineffective and often times make you miserable. You have to be happy with yourself first, and then the gains will begin.

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Yoga: The Art of Transformation

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This weekend my boyfriend surprised me with a surprise date to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to go and check out the newly opened (limited time!) yoga exhibit called “The Art of Transformation.” I’m an avid yogi currently practicing at Corepower Yoga (check out my past yoga blog here) but I do not know much about the history of yoga or its prominent relevance to Indian culture.

“The origins of Yoga: The strongest evidence for the emergence of yogic techniques and goals dates to between the fifth and third centuries BC. In northern India men and women seeking to transcend suffering renounced society to devote themselves to meditation and austerities. Building on the tenets of the Vedas, the primary texts of orthopedic Hinduism, these renounces shared a belief in the samsara (the perpetual cycle of inherently painful lives) and in the idea that actions produce results (karma.)  Upon attaining omniscience they became enlightened, blissfully released from samsara.”

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Vacations and Exercising

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The most important part of balancing a fun vacation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is moderation. This weekend I traveled with my family, best friend and boyfriend to the one and only sin city: Las Vegas! While it is much harder to eat and exercise healthy when you’re not cooking at home and on a routine, there are definitely some perks to working out on vacation.
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Instagram Fitspiration

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One of the greatest motivations for me to work out and eat healthy is actually social media! Instagram to be precise. I often find myself looking at “fitspiration” pages of people in killer shape, as well as food insta’s that show the most delicious looking smoothies and snacks. Normally, if I look long enough, sometimes it even causes me to go to the gym or bake something healthy. While no calories are burned from scrolling and “liking,” it still keeps me in the right mindset. If anyone wants to follow some of my favorite fitspo pages, here is a guide to a few of my favorites!

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Lerner Health & Wellness (GW University Gym)

 

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If you’re a student, then you definitely have some sort of access to a university fitness center. At GW, I think we have one of the best gyms around (but then again maybe my perspective is a little narrow because I can only compare it to my basement makeshift gym at home…)

LernerLerner Health And Wellness Center, or more commonly known amongst students as HelWell, is a great option for fitness if you can beat the crowds. I personally hate working out when there’s a lot of people I know at the gym, so I prefer to go before 8am which guarantees a decently small crowd. Crowds pick up around 9am, fluctuate, and peak after the work day.

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