Chilly Out, Building Within
By: Abbie Bankhead/Health & Fitness Editor
During these chilly months of winter, it can sometimes be discouraging to keep yourself active, with all the holiday treats surrounding your kitchen, and the cold temperatures keeping you from going on that run. To keep fitness levels up, most turn to the old stand by: the gym. A popular option especially right out of the new year, but, “According to a recent study of 53 men and women who took part in a vigorous National Outdoor Leadership School program in Wyoming, exercising in the cold burns more calories than exercising in warmer temperatures, making it easier to lose weight.” -today.com.
This boils down to one big reason:
“‘Cold is much more metabolically expensive,” said Cara Ocobock, of the University at Albany, who did the Wyoming study.’”-today.com
The cold weather takes more out of your body and exhausts you. While we prefer fall/spring running weather, because summer training drains us quickly, the other extreme temperature, freezing cold, admits the same effects. It’s not a secret training in the heat burns more calories than with comfortable temperatures, and the same goes for the 40 and below runs and hikes! You need to burn more calories in the summer to keep the body cool with sweat, and you need to burn more calories to keep the body warm in the winter.
Snowshoeing and skiing are two ways you can exercise in the winter and burn those calories, losing weight. Our winter this year though is not shaping up to be what most Utahns live here for, snow. But, with all the parks around us, paths, and biking/hiking trails, it’s easy to find fun ways to exercise outside in the cold still.
“Because runners still perspire in cold weather and cold air is much dryer than warm air, staying properly hydrated is another key component of running safely in winter.” -livestrong.com Daily runners should be drinking about 90 oz. of water daily, and if you’re not super active, 64 oz.
Exercise and nutrition/hydration combined will make for a successful active snow season!
The Outfit That Keeps You Warm in the Cold
By: Abbie Bankhead/Health & Fitness Editor
In the winter, all we want to do snuggle up with a blanket next to the fire with a hot cup of cocoa, munching on gingerbread watching our favorite Christmas special. I love this memorable part of our holiday season as much as the next girl, but it is important to keep that body in tiptop condition all season long, despite the cool weather.
Especially with New Years Eve coming up soon, we all know the athletic gear sales will be rolling out along with the yoga mats for this years’ fitness goals. So here are some helpful tips and thoughts to get you ready for the athletic gear you should be aware of this season.
"I love winter clothing because it makes it possible to enjoy the snow and have winter adventures!"-Hailey Bartholomew
The Danger in Drinking Soft Drinks
By: Emmery Willey/Social Media Editor
Did you know that the average American drinks approximately 56 gallons of soda a year? (wellnessmama.com)
That probably includes you! Soft drinks are full of things that are harmful to the human body. It is full of preservatives that can later cause diabetes. Cortland W. a junior at CCHS said, “ The carbonation gets into the bloodstream and attaches itself to the red blood cells and makes it so you can’t absorb as much oxygen, so you aren't as oxygen efficient in swimming or any other sport.” Soda is one cause of the huge epidemic of the United States: Obesity. Harvard University did a study that showed that twelve year olds that drank soda every day were more likely to be obese when they grew up.
Drinking one soda can is the same as eating 10 teaspoons of sugar. Imagine the impact that has on your body. The sugar spikes the blood pressure and causes one to be really hyper in the moment. But after a couple of hours, a person can crash because the sugar ran out. This process is not healthy for the body. Soda also causes long term dehydration. The caffeine, sodium, and sugar actually dehydrates the body and can lead to chronic dehydration, meaning you will be dehydrated constantly.
Not only is soda unhealthy, but it can be addictive. Caffeine is a drug that is addictive. And of course, it is found in soda. Being addicted to soda is dangerous. All the unhealthy substances cause your body to rely on them more and more. In the moment, the delicious taste of soda running down your throat may taste good, but your body will thank you later if you simply stop. Stop drinking soda.
There are so many other alternatives to drinking soda. One is so simple: water. It is full of nutrients. But if you have to have some flavor, squeeze some lemon in it and drink that. Vitamin water is also another great alternative. Smoothies are packed of nutrients that your body doesn't get when drinking soda. (everydayhealth.com) Smoothies are delicious and you can make them however you want.
There you have it. A couple of reasons why you should rethink drinking the last Coke in your fridge. Soda is so incredibly unhealthy for the human body. It causes many diseases, like diabetes, that are incurable. So, when you get home, replace your soda with water, fruits, and veggies. Your body will thank you in the long run!
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"YETI is an Austin, Texas-based manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle products such as ice chests, vacuum-insulated stainless-steel drinkware, soft coolers, and related accessories."-Google
Yeti is the perfect way to get hydrated this winter! Many got this product for Christmas and some sellers gave them out for half price after the holidays. This cutting edge phenomenon is bringing competition to the popular Hydroflask, especially once their water bottles gained attention along with the best selling tumblers.
Here are some great options from Adidas, Nike and Puma for your winter gear!
Remember this the next time you drink Coca Cola!
12 oz (355 ml) Can
Sugars, total: 39g
Calories, total: 140
Calories from sugar: 140
20 oz (590 ml) Bottle
Sugars, total: 65g
Calories, total: 240
Calories from sugar: 240
1 Liter (34 oz) Bottle
Sugars, total: 108g
Calories, total: 400
Calories from sugar: 400