Finals Week Tips
The dreaded “Finals Week” is closing in on us here at Auburn University, and we here at Campus Recreaction are here to help you get the most out of your finals! I have comprised a list of finals facts and tips to keep you from losing your mind and to help you make the best scores you can on all of your final exams!
In order to get the optimum amount of studying done, you need to get organized! Make a plan of action and stick with it! If you plan out a study schedule you are more likely to actually follow it and get more studying done than if you just study when you feel like it.
While making your plan of action don’t forget to plan snack breaks! Snack breaks may be the best thing ever invented, and not just because you get to procrastinate for a while. While studying, your brain consumes large amounts of glucose, so taking a short snack break will fuel your brain and keep you going. Things like almonds, fruit, and yogurt are great choices!
All exams are not created equal. While we all know how important our finals are to our overall grade, we need to realize that some exams may be a bit more important than others. It is a mistake to consider all of your finals equal if you’re better at one subject than another. Some students think that they should commit equal time to studying for each test. They’re taking away from their opportunity to really commit time where they need it. So while studying everything IS important, it is also important to realize how much study time is actually needed for each subject.
“All Nighters” are NOT the way to go. Your brain needs sleep in order to function! Eight hours is the ideal amount of sleep the night before an exam. It may be tempting to stay up late and study until “you can’t see straight”, but you’re really only cheating yourself out of energy and ability to focus during your exams.
Flashcards are awesome! Don’t underestimate the power of the simple, yet effective flashcard. It has been proven that flashcards can earn you a few more points on a test, and is much healthier than staring at the same page for hours trying to absorb every detail. So go through and decide what the highlights of each chapter are and make flashcards for those things.
Lastly, when the exam is over, let it go! There is no point in worrying over what you could have done after you’ve turned in your exam. Just take a deep breath and trust that all your hard work will pay off.
Now you have all the basic tools to survive finals week. Good luck and War Eagle!
From the Rolling Plains of Dixie,
Club Sport of the Month- Men’s Lacrosse
April has come and with the spring weather we have been having, Men’s Club Lacrosse is the perfect spring sport to highlight! Logan Riley, the Officer of Public Relations for the Men’s Lacrosse team answered a few questions for us:
When was The Men’s Lacrosse team established? We first started in 1981.
How long is your season? Our season goes from January to the end of April and if we make the playoffs, into May.
What upcoming competitions are you preparing for? We have a game on April 7 against Georgia here in Auburn at 2:00 at the Hutsell Track Field. We also have Alabama in Birmingham on April 19 and Tennessee in Knoxville on April 20.
Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of? We are undefeated so far in league play and headed to a #1 seed in the SELC tournament.
What is a tradition your team has? After every win, we gather as a team and sing the fight song. We’ve also played Georgia Tech and UGA every year since 1981
What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Auburn? My favorite part of playing a club sport at Auburn is that we get the opportunity to travel and compete with other teams without the heavy commitment of a varsity sport.
How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like? We practice 4 days a week for more or less 2 hours. Practice consists of a good warm up and stretches, followed by an hour of drills and ending with full field scrimmages and running.
What is it like to travel around and play different schools? It’s really exciting to go on another schools campus and play in an away environment. Every school we’ve played has had a good fan base and the competition we get to see is great.
What is your best memory about Club Sports? My favorite memory of Club Sports is the friendships that I’ve gained with my teammates, not only from my grade, but across the board.
What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts? The Lacrosse team has a table at O-Days every year where students can sign up for our mailing list. For any other information about the club, contact Logan Riley (email@example.com). Typically we have enough interest to hold tryouts and limit the roster to 40-42 players.
We wish the best of luck to the Auburn Men’s Lacrosse team at their game this Sunday at 2 pm! I hope you enjoyed learning more about Auburn’s Lacrosse team and hope you check out the game this weekend!
From the Get Fit Family!
U-Jam Group Fitness Class
If you like Zumba, then U-Jam is the fitness class for you! This dance class is upbeat, fast paced and a ton of fun. Hannah, the instructor, choreographed different workout dances to different songs. If you can follow along then you can easily be apart of this class. I went to Hannah’s class at 4 pm in The Village, and she is a very enthusiastic instructor who wants her students to get the best work out possible. Hannah answered a few questions for me about the class:
What’s your favorite part about teaching U-Jam? I really enjoy the fact that it’s upbeat and very dynamic.
What are the benefits for students to come to this class? Because the format is so dynamic, students get a full-body workout, utilizing muscles that are often neglected when working out on repetitive machinery. Plus, it’s FUN…an hour really doesn’t feel like an hour at all…it’s over before you know it and you feel great at the end.
What exercises did we do today? Do the classes vary from day to day? A standard class consists mainly of cardio intervals, all in dance format, as well as strength exercises, which target the arms, legs, gluts, and core. Classes gradually vary to a small extent (I’ll usually change the playlist a little every other week), which makes it easier for returning students to follow choreography and experience a more effective overall workout.
What makes this class different from the other ones? U-JAM offers the broadest range of dance styles—every song is unique and has its own fun flare.
What are the target areas of this workout? As I mentioned above, a standard class consists mainly of cardio intervals, all in dance format, as well as strength exercises, which target the arms, legs, gluts, and core.
Why is the class called U-Jam? The title abbreviates the company’s motto “United, We Jam,” portraying their goal of creating a fun, easy-to –follow workout students of all levels and ages can enjoy. You can find out all you need to know on their website: http://www.ujamfitness.com
So if your looking to get a work out and jam out at the same time this class is for you! This is class is fun and entertaining for everyone participating in the class. Hope to see you at the next class. Stayed tuned for next weeks highlighted Group Fitness class.
From the Get Fit Family,
If you LOVE Intramural Sports and Chipotle read this!
Auburn University Campus Recreation Intramurals and Chipotle have teamed up! Starting March 25th, Chipotle will be making appearances at select intramural games. Be on the look out for the Chipotle banner for some free gifts such as: shirts, water bottles, and coupons for free burritos! Enjoy the free stuff along with watching the teams compete to be in the championship. Chipotle will also be providing the winning teams with a free meal.
The dates for Chipotle coming to the events are:
Monday, March 25 @ 8 pm- Intermediate softball
Thursday, March 28th @ 6 and 7 pm- CO-Rec Soccer
Tuesday, April 2nd @ 7 pm- Large Fraternity
Wednesday, April 10th @ 9 pm- Co-Rec softball
So if you love playing sports and you love eating that delicious Chipotle food, be a part of Intramural Sports, or come support and have a chance of getting some freebies! Hope to see everyone out there!
From the Get Fit Family!
Club Sport of the Month
Another month has come, which means another Auburn Club Sport to be recognized. For the month of March, we have highlighted the Women’s Club Volleyball Team. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Issiac, the president of the club to find out more information about the team. Here is what Jessica had to say:
When was The Women’s Volleyball team established?
I am not sure when the club was established, but I have been president for the last three years.
How long is your season?
We play year round, but our main season is in the spring. We usually go to about two tournaments in the fall and about four in the spring.
What upcoming competitions are you preparing for?
We plan on going to Florida State on March 23 and maybe USF on March 30.
Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of?
Yes! After years of trying, we were finally able to host our first tournament on Feb. 23 and we won by defeating Alabama in the finals!
What is a tradition your team has?
We like to go to Olive Garden for dinner before we play the next day, and we have a pregame ritual that we do before our matches. That changes year to year, but we even have a special order for shaking hands with the other team before matches.
What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Auburn?
I love that we are still very competitive without being too hardcore. We still have tryouts, so our players are still very good, but we get to go out with each other on the weekends and be a part of other organizations as well. It’s the perfect happy medium.
How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
Usually we practice twice a week for about two hours each practice, and we do a lot of drills that are self-run, and we like to scrimmage. Sometimes, we like to play the boys team too (and beat them!)
What is it like to travel around and play different schools?
It’s always nice to see other campuses, and since we’re all competitive yet laidback, it’s really fun to just get together with others who simply enjoy the game. All the matches are officiated by other teams at the tournament, so there’s a level of respect that you have to have for the game and for other teams. Travel is also a great time for our teammates to bond, and we always have a good time at various Olive Gardens together.
What is your best memory about Club Sports?
Playing on this team has allowed me to make friends that I will keep forever. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s true! I have had friends come and go in college and in high school, but two of the girls that are also my teammates are my friends ‘till the end. We are an absolute riot when we are together!
What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
The best thing for someone to do is find our table at Organization Days in the fall. We give out information about our team, and tryouts are usually held the week after O-days. We usually keep about 20 girls year round unless we have issues filling a position.
Check back for next months club sport of the month!
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National Nutrion Month starts TODAY!
March is National Nutrition Month, and while celebrating nutrition and healthy lifestyles, we should clear up some things about nutrition. On www.eatright.org/nnm, it has some great tips and facts about nutrition that we should all know. I took the quiz fact or fiction, and out 10 I scored a 4! I learned a lot, and I feel as if everyone should know the truths about some of these nutrition myths.
1)In a healthy eating plan all diets should be low in fat.
Answer: Fiction-your goal should be to eat fewer foods that are high in solid fats. That doesn’t mean every single food you eat must be low in fat Select lean cuts of meat or poultry and fat free or low fat milk, yogurt cheese. Look for foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. Switch from solid fat to oils when preparing food.
2) Snacking may keep me from becoming ravenously hungry and overeating at mealtime.
Answer: Fact- Healthy snacking- including carbohydrates and protein, like whole grain crackers with low-fat cheeses or fat free yogurt with fresh fruit can help your body stay fueled so you will be less inclined to overeat at your ext meal. But don’t overdo it it on snacks; keep your portions small.
3) Eating too many carbohydrates causes weight gain.
Answer: Fiction- Eating too many calories, from any source- carbohydrate, fat or protein- combine with an inactive lifestyle will likely cause you to gain weight. Make at least half you grains whole. Choose 100% whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, rice, and pasta. And get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
4) Vegetarian Diets are healthful.
Answer: Fact- A well-planned healthful vegetarian eating-plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy or dairy alternatives and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars. Depending on the type of vegetarian diet, protein source may include eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, soy-based product, grain foods such as bread cereal, pasta and rice, beans and nuts. With planning most people, including children can healthfully follow a vegetarian diet.
5) Eating sugar causes Diabetes.
Answer: Fiction- If you don’t have diabetes, eating sugar wont cause you to get diabetes. Since food that are high in sugar also are often high in calories, over-eating those foods can lead to weight gain. Being obese and inactive increase your risk for diabetes. Cut back on extra calories, by choosing foods and drink with little or no added sugars.
6) Fad diets work.
Answer: Fact- With a significant “but”. You may loose pounds quickly on a fad diet. But over the long term, you are unlikely to maintain that loss. Fad dieters often return to their old eating habits and regain the weight. Meanwhile, many fad diets require you to give up foods or entire food groups that most people need for good health. The best way to reach and maintain a healthy weight is to develop an eating plan you can follow for life, combine with regular physical activity.
7) Frozen or canned vegetables are not as nutritional and fresh vegetables.
Answer: Fiction: In almost all cases, there is a little nutritional difference between frozen or canned and fresh. In fact, canned or frozen produce is generally processed at its peak, so it may contain more nutrients than fresh produce. On the other hand, canned or frozen produce may contain added sugar and salt. Read food labels when purchasing these items
8) It’s easy to spot whole-grain food products: they’re brown.
Answer: Fiction- Color is not a reliable method for identifying healthy food products. The most reliable information is on the food label. To get the full range of health benefits provided by the whole grains, including fiber, vitamins minerals and antioxidants, eat three or more servings of whole grains every day
9) I should limit my daily salt intake to about one teaspoon.
Answer: Fact- According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most people’s daily sodium intake should be 2,300 milligrams or less. That’s about the amount of sodium in one teaspoon of salt. Research shows that limiting sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams per day may reduce your risk of high blood pressure. Keep in mind, most of the sodium we eat comes from processed foods so check the Nutrition Facts food label for information on the amount of sodium contained in serving of your favorite foods
10) I’ll gain 10 pounds in a year for eating an extra 100 calories a day.
Answer: Fact- One hundred calories per day adds up to about a pound of weight per month. On the other hand, look at it this way: You can lose 10 pounds in a year by cutting 100 calories per day and increasing your physical activity. Try to get at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.
From the Get Fit Family!
Work Out Playlist-EDM
With the popularity of the Harlem Shake recently, EDM (electric dance music) is slowly making its way into everyones hearts. Next time you work out, jam out to this playlist and it will really get you motivated to feel that burn and get that ultimate work out!
1. First of the Year- Skrillex
2. Que Que- Dillon Francis
3. Masta Blasta- Dillon Francis
4. Summit- Skrillex Featuring Ellie Goulding
5. Daydreamer- Flux Pavilion
6. Music is Dead- Doctor P and Flux Pavilion
7. Money Makin’ (Oliver Twist Trap Remix)- A-Trak and Dillon Francis
8. No Problem- Diplo, Kay, and Flinch
9. Fist Up PSA- Gramatik and Jay Z
10. Original Don (Flosstradomus Remix)- Major Lazor
11. The Night Out (A-trak Remix)- Martin Solveig
12. Bounce- MSTRKRFT
13. Sending My Love (Afrojack Edit)- R3hab, Swanky Tunes
14. Hey Sexy Lady- Skrillex
15. Suavemente (Kennedy Jones Remix)- Elvis Crespo
16. Jah no Partial- Major Lazer Featuring Flux Pavilion
17. Swimming Pools (Steven V’s Dirty Edit)- Kendrick Lamar
18. Satisfaction (RL Grimes Remix)- Benny Benassi
19. Trap on Acid- RL Grimes
20. Star Come Out (Datsik Remix)- Zedd
Hope you enjoy some new tunes!
From the Get Fit Family,
Nature is Calling…
Nature is calling and Auburn Outdoors is ready to answer! We are getting geared up and ready to go here at Auburn Campus Rec, and we don’t want you to miss out! So I asked Auburn Outdoors Assistant Director Mark Henley some questions about this coming semester’s trips just for y’all.
What types of trips are we taking this semester?
We have 2 trips proposed this semester:
(April 13-14) Whitewater Rafting – Chattooga River, GA
Hang Gliding - Chattanooga, TN
What should students expect from these trips?
Both trips will be day expeditions. We will leave campus early in the morning, travel up to the outfitter’s location, prepare for the adventure, raft or hang glide, then return home. Since Auburn Outdoors does not have any equipment at this time, we will have to make both trips day excursions.
What trip are you looking forward to the most?
Both will be extremely awesome!
Whitewater Rafting on the Chattooga River is epic, especially in the Spring. We are planning on running Section 4, which has Class IV and V rapids to keep your adrenaline ramped up. The scenery in the gorge is also world class.
Hang Gliding is one of those sports that you have always wanted to try, but never knew how. There are two options to launch. A run off the side of a mountain, or a tow by an airplane up to 2,000 feet, where it will release you for a smooth ride back to the landing pad. We are opting for option 2, the tow. It is a 20 minute flight with an instructor. Imagine the views, the wind in your face, and nothing below you! Incredible.
What are the locations for these adventures?
Rafting – Chattooga River, GA
Hang Gliding – Chattanooga, TN
Are there any specific skills or knowledge needed to take part in these trips?
Rafting – no knowledge or skill required. Participants will be required to paddle per the instructor’s commands. Must be able to swim
Hang Gliding – no knowledge or skill required. There may be a weight requirement for this activity.
Anything else you want the students to know about?
This is just the beginning. We will be offering trips for the Fall semester all over the Southeast. Be looking for our trip/activity schedule to be posted by the end of the semester. From day trips to extended trips, we will be exploring some really awesome places via boats, climbs, hikes, paddles, and wheels.
So there you have it guys! Auburn Outdoors is getting ready to make a huge splash, so make sure you don’t miss out. For more information and how to sign up visit http://bit.ly/12kDiUv . I know I definitely will be keeping up with this wonderful new program coming to the Plains!
From the Rolling Plains of Dixie
Barefoot Butts and Guts
Who doesn’t enjoy a great abdominal work out? This weeks highlighted group fitness, changes up the traditional Butts and Guts class. Barefoot Butts and Guts integrates yoga into the traditional Butts and Guts workout. Olivia, the instructor and founder of the class, told us a little about it:
Being barefoot allows us to work the muscles of the feet and ankles and safely work on functional movement such as balance and stability. Traditional Butts and Guts classes often incorporate exercises that require balancing, which are difficult and inefficient with shoes on!
What’s your favorite part about teaching Barefoot Butts and Guts?
Because I created the class, I have a lot of flexibility with what we do. My favorite part is seeing student’s progress, and tailoring each class to the abilities of the participants. There’s nothing like the look on someone’s face when they finally master a new skill!
What are the benefits for students to come to this class?
I created this class to combine the balance and flexibility of yoga with the dynamic and strengthening components of a typical Butts and Guts class, so students are getting the benefits of both. Those students who don’t usually do yoga get some familiarity with basic yoga poses through some of the exercises and the extended, yoga-based cool down.
What are some of the exercises that you do in Barefoot Butts and Guts?
Some of the exercises are essentially dynamic versions of yoga poses, like squats in chair pose. Others are combinations yoga and strengthening exercises like the move that inspired the class, which is a lunge to warrior III pose.
What makes this class different from the other ones?
This class is different because of the fusion. It is a fun, beat driven class with the benefits of yoga and a strengthening class.
What muscle groups are focused on in this workout?
The focus is on the abdominals, obliques, gluts, hamstrings, and quads. However, the arms, back, and calves are also worked to produce a well-rounded workout and muscular balance; the feet and ankles are strengthened for balance and stability.
After attending the class at 6:15 p.m. on Thursdays in the Student Activities Center, I was able to see the differences between barefoot butts and guts and your traditional class. This class involves a lot of yoga, but has very upbeat flow to the class. Olivia does a great job explaining the exercises so you can get the best workout possible. It is definitely a class I would recommend if you’re looking for a fun and intense workout!
From the Get Fit Family!
Meme of the Week