Archive for February, 2010

The Price of Convenience

February 25, 2010

The Food Factor

February 18, 2010

Which line is always the longest in the cafeteria? 

If you said Coyote Jack’s, you’ve won a free quarter pound burger. Just kidding, but according to the Quad News, you may not want one anyway, if you’re health-conscious that is.

You might even be better off going to McDonald’s. A quarter pounder has triple the amount of fat as a Big Mac.

 Okay, so what if you simply don’t eat the fast food? Maybe take the Subway approach. Nothing like a good old fashioned sandwich, right? Wrong, says Quad News. A large vedgetable sub from the rat, they say, his packed with calories, at close to a thousand.

For the record, this is not another rant against Chartwells. Quinnipiac isn’t the only campus with a shortage of healthy food.

According to USA Today, 60 percent of college students “eat too much artery-clogging saturated fat.” Furthermore, a survey cited on The Justiceonline.com, a student newspaper out of Brandeis University reported that 20 percent of college students are overweight.

College students are often limited to the less than healthy food served in university cafeterias due to a number of reasons, says Assistant Athletic Director for Fitness and Wellness Tammy Reilly. For one thing, students tend to be on a tight budget, making it difficult to load up on groceries. Time is another factor, students say. The amount of time it takes to drive to Hamden, pick up food, and drive back, to many students, just isn’t worth the trip.

“That’s something you’re gonna face no matter where you are,” says Reilly. “It’s hard to eat well, so you have to spend the extra money and seek the healthier alternatives.”

Study habits can also be tied to less than beneficial eating habits, says Reilly. For students pulling all-nighters, late meals can become a regularity, causing the pounds to add up.

The Buzz and the Burn

February 5, 2010

Starting An Exercise Routine:
Drugs, Alcohol And Physical Fitness

The experts have spoken, so, let’s break it all down. If you’re chugging as many beers as you are protein shakes, chances are your workout program is taking a significant hit. The fact that alcohol is detrimental to the pursuit of any serious fitness endeavors isn’t exactly a major shock, but it doesn’t seem to bother the 83 percent of college students that drink either.
As a member of Quinnipiac’s chapter of the Sigep fraternity, which stresses physical fitness, as well as having a good time, T.J. Coleman is used to juggling both worlds. Even he, however, sometimes drops a ball.
“It’s not impossible, but it’s very tough to get into the gym when you’re hung over,” Coleman said. “You feel like you have to throw up while you’re lifting. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world.”
Coleman advises against working out after a rough night of drinking. “If you’re not mentally and physically ready for it, you can hurt yourself.”
Sigep brothers are required to dedicate time to the gym and track their progress. They also take three fitness tests that include a timed two mile run, pushups, situps, pullups, and wallsits.
“It’s really about benchmarking and seeing how you can make improvements,” Coleman said.
In addition to racking up unwanted calories, drinking can stop you from bulking up too. Alcohol slows the release of a growth hormone, and lowers your level of tetosterone, both of which are essential for muscle building. Your body also uses energy during muscle recovery, but the removal of alcohol from your system expends this energy.
So how do students like Coleman balance the two lifestyles?
“Honestly, it’s a per person situation,” he said. “It’s college, so let’s be real, most people are gonna be drinking. If you can handle that responsibility in moderation, it shouldn’t conflict.”
For Coleman, who devotes time to classes and Sigep, in addition to the gym, drinking is usually only a weekend activity.
“It’s kind of like a reward for putting in the work you need to do 5-7 days a week,” Coleman said. “It’s really all about moderation.”

The Good and the Bad

February 1, 2010
Photo courtesy of Quinnipiac.edu
Most people would probably rather see a scene like this more often-tons of equipment just waiting to be used, and the place practically empty.
  This, unfortunately, is not the case on most days.
The photo makes the facility look incredibly spacious, (Chalk that up to good advertising) but things can get tight when you multiply the number of students in that photo, (what’s that, five?) by about, let’s just say for example, ten.     Suddenly, half the dumbells have mysteriously disappeared and an unoccupied bench has become about as easy to find as a parking spot in the commuter lot on a weekday morning (And that’s no easy task. Take it from this guy).
Just ask  Quinnipiac grad student Matt Ottulich. As a fitness center employee and gym user, he spends both his work hours and his free time in the facility. “You have to change your whole workout plan because one thing you wanna do you can’t do,” says Ottulich.
And the weights aren’t just being used, too often, say gym goers, they’re completely missing in action. “There’s missing dumbells all the time,” says Quinnipiac junior Matt Taft. “You can find dumbells behind the leg press machine.”
Well there’s still cardio, right? Wrong, say some students.
For Quinnipiac junior Sam Friedman, running on the track on the second floor of the fitness center is comparable to driving on the Merrit Parkway during rush hour.  “You get these people who will walk around and block the lanes,” he says.
Well the good news is, Quinnipiac kids, clearly, are committed to working out, and the bad news is, they all have to work around each other in order to work out.
Assistant Athletic Director for Fitness and Wellness Tammy Reilly expects this to improve as the semester progresses. Many students make fitness a part of their New Year’s Resolutions. That, combined with the rush to get in shape for spring break, packs the gym throughout the first half of the semester, says Reilly.
“That’s typically our busiest time of the year,” she says.
Quinnipiac gym goers aren’t alone. According to the Albany Herald, fitness clubs typically see a 10 to 20 percent spike in memberships during the months following the New Year.

The passing of spring break, plus an added workload usually thins the crowd of gym goers during the second half of the semester, says Reilly.

“Even if they want to, they actually have less time,” says Reilly. The new fitness center, which is supposed to open this August at the York Hill campus, is expected to alleviate the situation further.
“Now you have 1500 students up there that can potentiall work out here but won’t,” says Reilly.
Until then, Quinnipiac gym goers may just have to wait it out.