Relationships and Teenagers
By: Parker Stringer/Opinion Editor
While many articles on this page are about the physical health and what we can do to help our physical selves I think we should look at our mental health. Specifically relationships on teenagers. In High School we think about relatively 3 things grades, getting money, and our relationships. Relationships I think are the most important because they affect our overall health. Humans are social creatures and especially at an age where we all we care about what other people think about ourselves the people that we connect with makes it a necessity.
Romantic relationships are really big in high school as the Rolling Stones once said: “Everybody wants someone to love”. That statement is truer in a high school environment than any other. Everyone has crushes (me included) in the four-year prison term that we call school from kids to teachers everyone has crushes and love interests. Besides love what are the benefits of having a relationship? According to Livescience.com one of the benefits of having a relationship is less mental health problems. The article says “Compared with those in relationships, single men and women have comparatively higher levels of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment problems, suicidal behavior and other forms of psychological distress”. If you feel depressed find someone that loves you because it can help you. That ain’t the only thing that can be fixed while in a relationship. A research paper done by Harvard Medical School titled The Health Benefits of strong relationships shows that with just normal relationships it can be super beneficial for your health this quote in the article explains it best ‘health benefits of connecting with others. For example, they've found that it helps relieve harmful levels of stress, which can adversely affect coronary arteries, gut function, insulin regulation, and the immune system.”
Relationships are the bane of human experience all human must connect with each other. We enjoy hearing about other people’s experience well telling our adventures as well. Without relationships, we would be lonely human beings in a large world and we would only have our ways of life without knowing what else there is for out there. As you enjoy your summer look for new people to talk to because you might find something out worthwhile and as a bonus, you might get a new friend to have your own personal experiences together.
How to Stay Fit in Summer!
By: Jenna Kresser/ Entertainment Editor
It is safe to say that most of us are counting down the days until school is out and it is officially summer. One of the most difficult things about the summertime is staying fit and eating healthy. Summer brings traveling with friends and family which also brings unhealthy eating and, if you are on vacation you most likely want to be relaxing and not working out. Personally, my biggest weakness is shaved ice and I maybe went once every other week and sadly those don’t count as your daily dose of fruit no matter how tropical of flavors you get. Although it can get difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle between having a summer job, vacations and, wanting to take time to relax it can be a challenge to take time your of your day to stay healthy. Here are some tips into staying fit and healthy for summer 2017!
Low Calorie Filling Foods
By: Livi Redden/Pop Culture Link Editor
Salmon is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which may help aid weight loss by improving glucose sensitivity, reducing insulin resistance, reducing inflammation, and speeding up the oxidation of fat.
Pistachios are one of the lowest-calorie and lowest-fat nuts out there. A 1-ounce serving equals 48 pistachios, while 28 peanuts or 22 almonds set you back the same number of calories.
Cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, celery, broccoli, and cabbage come pretty close. Since they're made up of mostly water and fiber, they’re naturally very low in calories.
A one-cup serving of raspberries provides 8 grams of filling fiber and sets you back only 60 calories.
Not only are chickpeas packed with protein, hummus also gives you an excuse to eat more fiber-rich vegetables—for a fraction of the calories of higher-fat sour cream or mayo-based dips.
Ways to motivate yourself!
Ari Cable/ Health and Fitness editor
We all know that we secretly we want to have a good “summer body” or just feel fit in general. But we also know that it can be incredibly hard to get motivated to workout and eat healthy. Well, I am here to help you get motivated!
My number one tip that works for me is to sleep in your workout clothes so that you are ready to go. If you continue to say “oh I will do it later”, later may never come. Get it done first thing in the morning so that you are done and can just roll out of bed and onto your treadclimber or yoga mat. Another strategy that goes along with this one is to set time away from your busy schedule to do a short workout. A great resource for small 30 minute workouts is on Pinterest. They have so many small workouts that are super easy to do first thing in the morning.
Your house is not made to be a gym. It is made to be a place of living. So therefore, set aside a place where you can set out your yoga mat, some dumbbells or whatever you have. I personally like to have my little basket by my entertainment center that has my yoga mat, dumbbells, ankle weights, and my hand held muscle roller. I can just pull out what I want to use and then turn on a good show and get to work.
Also try to find healthy alternatives to certain recipes or little things that you eat. Something that my mom and I did was find healthy snacks that we could take on the go. We started eating more fruits and veggies. Then slowly we started using more of those ingredients in some recipes, and now some of those recipes are our favorite foods that we eat.
There are so many different ways to get motivated. Honestly, you need to find ways that work for you. Remember that you should just take baby steps while changing your routine. A little change and a little motivation can go a long way.
Oh, and don’t forget to hang that swim suit in a very visible spot to remind you what you are working for!
Hey! My name Ari Cable. I am currently a freshman at CCHS. I enjoy photography, soccer, and my puppy spirit . I started playing soccer when I was 4. I am very into my health and also I workout a lot. Thanks for checking me out!