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Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

By: Jenna Andrews, Administrative Coordinator

Let’s face it—the holiday season can be a stressful time of year. Whether you’re trying to find the perfect tree, looking for a gift for your family member that has everything, or hosting a holiday party, it can be hard to find time for your own personal wellbeing. Here are some tips to do just that this holiday season:

You Are Worth More Than a Number

By: Molly James, Fitness Specialist/Program Coordinator 

Why does an extra 5 pounds on the scale determine your self-worth? How are we expected to love ourselves when there are so many numbers out there that are telling us that we shouldn’t? 

Positive Team Dynamics

By: Crystal Miller, Director of Fitness Center Services

What are the best characteristics of a good leader? In my opinion, it’s someone who can allow for the foundation of trust, respect and positive relationships.

Getting Back in the Saddle After an Injury

By: Chris Follett, Program Manager

Earlier this year, we had a walking challenge at work:10K steps or more per day. I took that very seriously…I got up early and walked, I walked at lunch and I walked after work. I was feeling great! That motivated meto examine my diet and removed all processed foods, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. I felt fabulous. I lost 5 lbs. I increased the amount I was biking (for a recreational biker I made it a stretch goal to do 100 miles in July…I. WAS. DOING. IT!

Staying on Track at Holiday Parties


By: Bridget Carlson, Senior Fitness Specialist

The holidays are right around the corner, extra treats and parties will be thrown into our schedules. Celebrating with friends and family is important and taking your mind off of tracking every single bite and sip is needed once in a while. The trick is to keep our nutrition splurges to every once in a while and not create a regular habit of indulging. Here are some tips to consider both when you are hosting a party and when you are attending a party.

Exercising with MS

By: Lindsey Ulrich, Fitness Specialist  

Extreme fatigue, chronic pain, major visual changes, cognitive and memory disruptions; any combination of these symptoms (but not limited to just these symptoms) can be part of everyday life for someone living with multiple sclerosis. 

Lifting to Lose


By: Kate Bendickson, Fitness Specialist 

Rewind a few years back to my freshman year of college. There was no doubt in my mind I wanted to study the wellness field. I was a three-season athlete during high school and my parents had always been great advocates of living a healthy lifestyle. Prior to college, I had heard countless stories of the typical freshman weight gain. I wasn’t worried. After all, I was studying wellness. This would be my area of expertise. However, I thought wrong! The new stress of college paired with never-ending cafeteria meals got the best of me. By Spring I was tipping the scale an extra 20 pounds. Embarrassed, uncertain and timid I knew I had to get myself back to ME.

Weekend Accountability


By: Bridget Carlson, Senior Fitness Specialist

Do you find yourself eating well and getting your workouts in during the workweek, then blowing it on the weekends? You are not alone. For many of us, the consistency of our workweek schedule makes it easier to get into a groove, find time for workouts, consume balanced meals on scheduled breaks and maybe even get to bed at a decent time. Not only does our schedule change over the weekend, but so does our mentality and motivation.  

My Trip Back to Fit

By: Anna Langston, Program Manager 

Welcome to a whole new you. A rounder, softer, less fit version of you. That’s how I felt after the birth of my second child in December 2015. A few small complications led to exercise restrictions for several months during my pregnancy. My active lifestyle as well as my body had gone through major adjustments over the past 39 weeks. This was quite a change from my first pregnancy; I gained less weight overall and lost it easily, and I exercised until I delivered. 

How Boxing Knocked Out My Stress


By Jenn Schuette, Senior Fitness Specialist 

In 2010, I was stressed, physically unhealthy and didn’t feel I had the resources to invest in myself. A friend brought me to a contact kickboxing class and I learned how boxing could combat all three of those stressors.