by Kate Lundquist, guest columnist, the Wellness Cricket
In the eye of the hurricane there is stillness. At Wilson it can feel like there is no eye in the storm and madness surrounds 24/7. With school, work and sports demanding increasing amounts of time, it is easy to feel the overwhelming exhaustion that lurks around the corner. Sometimes the best thing to do is feed into the craziness to then be able to let it go. Local JourneyDance instructor Cynthia Greenfield teaches on campus every Thursday to provide the playground to do just that! Isolating different parts of the body followed by an hour of free form dancing to excellent music is just the ticket for us to get wild, smile, laugh, and let our bodies move freely. Sometimes we need to embrace the mayhem to be present and let our stress out. A few responses after Thursday’s class included, “I released so much!” and “It felt so good to sweat and dance.” Stress builds not only in the mind but affects the body as well, causing tension in the muscles and digestive system. Exercise, yoga, and dance improve the digestive system, move lactic acid, strengthen the heart and muscles, and keep you toned.
Tip of the Day: Exercise for at least 30 minutes, just for today to see how you feel. Devries is open with ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary bikes. Try a yoga class. Dance. Run. Go for a walk. Find gratitude for your able and working body!
If you are looking to quit smoking, exercise helps aid in this venture as well. In the September 20th issue of the New York Times, a study in the journal Pediatrics states that 24 percent of teenage boys quit smoking when they began a 10 week exercise program. “For young smokers, breaking the habit before adulthood can be particularly crucial. Studies show that starting as a teenager makes it much more difficult to quit later on. About 80 percent of adult smokers began their habit before turning 18. Yet every day, 3,500 teenagers light their first cigarette.” So how do we stay away from the temptation of the smoking hut and the community that bonds there? Wellness Crew, along with the Psychology Crew and Health Promotion Crew are your friends too! We provide events such as the dance class, yoga, cooking, and exercise (Nick from Wellness is providing small group weight lifting classes, check the inside page). As a recovering smoker, I understand the difficulty of quitting. I also know the bliss that follows with having clear lungs to run, dance, swim and dash from work to class. I am offering free private yoga sessions to those quitting the habit. This is the way I threw out my American Spirits — breathing exercises, listening to my body, exercise, healthy food and the courage to be that one friend who does not light up.
A West African drummer will be offering drumming classes in the coming weeks, so get your hand drums ready for rhythm filled sessions! Sign up on the interest sheets posted around campus asap. A new modern/jazz dance class begins November 8th at Bryson Gym with choreography for all levels, and JourneyDance continues as a weekly event. Check the inside page for all updates on wellness events.
We want to hear from you, so let us know what ya’ll need. We are here for you, for us, to be a healthy and joyous community.