Student Life


Water wellness

Posted by Kelly Loeper on March 16, 2012 @ 07:40 p.m. EDT
Tags: aqua fitness, exercise, health, student fitness

By Carolyn Flanagan
Assistant Blogs Editor

Sadly misinterpreted as a seniors’ sport, most students overlook the water as a valuable way to get exercise. The Journal spoke to Tiffany Bambrick, co-ordinator of fitness and wellness at the ARC and a certified water fitness instructor, about the benefits of aquatic fitness.

AquaFitness

No impact- Exercising in the water does not create impact on your joints, unlike running or cross-training.

Good for injury recovery-Because of its low impact on joints, swimming is an ideal workout if recovering from an injury. In fact, if you have been training, you can maintain your cardio-vascular capacity for up to four to six weeks if you continue to exercise in the water.

Adds variety- Not everyone likes running, the gym or the bike. Variety is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In the water, you can swim ... Read more...

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Eating disorders at university

Posted by Kelly Loeper on March 16, 2012 @ 06:21 p.m. EDT
Tags: eating disorders, health, wellness

By Carolyn Flanagan
Assistant Blogs Editor

February was National Eating Disorder Awareness Month.

A highly complex mental health disorder, Mental Health First Aid Canada defines eating disorders as “severe disturbances in eating habits (either eating too much or too little), or weight control behaviour.”

Prevalent among university students, the most common eating disorders for the age demographic are anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating.

Peer Health Outreach Co-ordinator Beth Doxsee said eating disorders have many triggers. “There can be a family link—be it genetic or because of a role model,” she said. “There are social and cultural factors as well. We are constantly bombarded with messages and images about an ideal body type that may not be attainable.”

Doxsee said there’s often an underlying mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression.

“The food restriction or consumption becomes a way to deal with other things going on. There is a need to ... Read more...

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