Why nature is just so beautiful to your brain
April 11, 2014
The summer sun is slowly making the crawl out from its winter slumber; shorts are getting shorter again; the most blessed of all scholastic recesses is rapidly approaching.
With the warm weather comes so much more sun for activities. Why is it, however, that being outdoors is good for us ...
The science behind your hangover
March 28, 2014
Health – in and after college – is a multifaceted affair. Getting the right portions of the right foods is a feat of nutritional discipline, one that even the most health-minded individuals struggle with when Insomnia Cookies is just a phone call away. Hitting the gym can also be difficult, especially when ...
Endorphins: The pros and cons of your body's natural pain killer
February 28, 2014
Endorphins are like the cardiovascular buff's fountain of youth.
To some, they remain a myth, a mystical lagoon of endless joy, where leg cramps and muscle inflammation float away like bubbles in a fruit-flavored pre-workout beverage. To others, they are a pleasant hitchhiker that finds them around mile eight ...
Mom was right: Organizing and cleaning can lead to success
February 21, 2014
When your parents tell you that something is good for you, it's usually good for you.
That being said, when my parents tell me something is good for me, I'm usually good at doing the opposite of said thing, wandering blindly in confusion until I collapse in a ...
Cut away the clutter in life to ease your anxiety
February 07, 2014
Anxiety is a mysterious and insidious beast that can overwhelm you with no notice.
Suddenly it doesn't matter how well your day was going because you realize that everything sucks, you're going to fail and it's all your fault. The government is spying on you through your ...
Recovery, muscle cycling can maximize your gym experience
January 24, 2014
Muscles do not grow during your actual workout period.You don't get stronger while you lift a heavy thing over your head. The process of repetitively striking the ground with your feet does little to make your muscles more acclimated to repetitively striking the ground with your feet again ...
Avoid the drive-thru and take a crash-course in simple nutrition
January 17, 2014
Dieting can be hard, especially when "health companies" take shots at your dignity with photoshopped images of happy, racially ambiguous people that "look and feel great" because they drink the carb-less protein mush with 34 billion necessary vitamins and minerals. (Spoiler alert: they don't actually drink it.)
So where ...
Rise up, embrace your workout resolution and prosper
January 10, 2014
So, it's 2014 and you've pledged to go to the gym eight days a week and eat around 200 calories a day.
The only problem is, you ate your 200 in leftover pizza breakfasts (first pizza breakfast, then a nap, then second pizza breakfast), and you forgot to ...
Embrace Thanksgiving as a privilege, not just a holiday
November 22, 2013
Thanksgiving has become an over-dazzled family feast that speaks less of heartfelt gratitude and more of negotiating days off work.
As Americans, it can be difficult to comprehend the scope of our privilege. Though I'm not trying to invoke a false dichotomy – America has its share of poverty and ...
Ditch apathy and stop defining yourself by past failures
November 08, 2013
Life is a multifaceted affair.
As such, we should come to mold ourselves into multifaceted beings. It would not bode well for us to define ourselves in a two-dimensional manner, only to have the deluge of variability we face each day wash us unceremoniously onto the doorstep of disillusionment.
High-intensity interval training: The perfect college workout
November 01, 2013
The benefits of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) elude many athletes.
For those of you that aren't familiar, high-intensity interval training is a workout divided into alternating periods of high intensity and low intensity. Some sources venture to say that interval training holds no specific benefits over normal cardiovascular exercise ...
Fulfillment: A sore-legged soliloquy
October 25, 2013
No one should enjoy long-distance endurance sports. Your body emits odors not dreamt of in recent human imagination. Your feet and toenails begin to shriek and wilt under the repetitive pounding against the Earth. You hit mile 7 and realize that there are, in fact, no more bathrooms within running ...
Meditation can remedy your sleepless nights
September 27, 2013
Your prefrontal cortex is a blessing and a curse.
Located under your forehead, mankind's hugely developed prefrontal cortex enables creativity, foresight and strategy. However, that same prefrontal cortex is responsible for those nagging thoughts that keep you up at night – the "what if" scenarios that become increasingly terrifying as ...
Emphasize adding proper fuel to your body
September 20, 2013
One of my close friends once defined physical health as a measure of how alive you are. Although his take on the matter may seem oversimplified, it is not too far from the truth.
Though it can be difficult to see it at a young age, physical conditioning is crucial ...
Water you waiting for: Drink more H2O
September 13, 2013
If you are a student at UT, you should buy a water bottle.
Buy a large water bottle. Buy two water bottles in case of the likely event that you lose your first water bottle.
Water not only keeps you hydrated, but is also the backbone of many bodily functions ...