Amanda Straight | Reporter
To hear it from the Oxford dictionary, fitness is simply “the condition of being physically fit and healthy.” Of course, this kind of broad definition leads to many interpretations. A professional athlete is likely to have a different opinion on what “being fit” is than someone who sits in a cubicle all day. Similarly, it can mean something very different to the busy students of ECC who split their time amongst their education, their jobs and whatever else life throws their way. So what does fitness mean to ECC?
- “Weight doesn’t matter,” says Danika Donatti, Fine Arts, “as long as you are happy in your skin and feel good inside and out.”
- One student thinks healthy eating and being able to take a couple flights of stairs without panting is a good fitness indicator.
- “Being able to perform at your best everyday.” – Kyle Herbert, Fine Arts
- Sarah G. (Ceramics) reminds us not to take fitness too seriously with her thoughts on fitness. “Being fit to me means being able to fit into my clothes and fitting a whole taco in my mouth.”
ECC’s Favorite Hacks to Keep in Shape
Cramming a workout between school and the rest of life isn’t appealing, but the students and faculty at ECC make it work with these techniques.
- “As soon as I get up I eat something small, and then I go straight to a 30 minute workout.” –Lindsey Block, Fine Arts
- “Run at any time. For any reason.” – Heather Nichols, Multimedia Design
- “I dance for fun, and it makes me work up a sweat.” – Marissa, Fine Arts
- “Just always take the stairs.”
- “DDR for life!” – Alaska Adams, adjunct faculty
- “I do squats in between rounds on a video game.” – Allana Ettien, Fine Arts
Which Apps Does ECC Use to Stay in Shape?
Down Dog- This yoga app is for all levels of yogis and is perfect for at home or on the go. Using vinyasa flow yoga, Down Dog gives you short or longer workouts with the perfect blend of strength, balance and flexibility.
Better Me- If you’re looking for an app that offers custom workouts and meal plans for you, this is the one. Better Me starts you off with a few questions about your goals and current fitness to give you the ultimate personalized experience.
Fitbit- You need to have a Fitbit tracker to make use of this app, but it’s an excellent way to analyze your activity and sleep patterns. The Fitbit app also maps your jogging routes and lets you communicate with friends for accountability and challenges.
7 Minute Workout- Maybe you’re busy, but there’s no excuse not to squeeze in a workout that’s only 7 minutes long! 7 Minute Workout is all about high-intensity, simple exercises you can perform anywhere and get the same results as a longer workout.
Trendy Fitness Ideas to Check Out
Intermittent Fasting- This form of diet is getting a lot of attention right now and for good reasons. According to an article on Health.com, it could extend your life and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Intermittent fasting can be done multiple ways, but commonly uses a shortened eating window (often 8 hours) and fasting the rest of the day. While this can be helpful for keeping your weight under control, it may not be ideal if you find yourself famished and prone to “rebound eating.”
High Intensity Interval Training- If you’re looking to melt off the fat, HIIT is for you. It’s not for the faint of heart, though, and requires short bursts of giving everything you have separated by painfully short rest periods. The good news is these workouts don’t need to last as long as typical cardio and can use simple exercise you can perform anywhere.
Group Workouts- Find accountability, motivation and fun working out with friends. Whether you just join a jogging group or sign up for a class, it’s a great way to make time for at least a weekly workout. Check out 9 Round (Washington) for a kickboxing workout or The Competitive Edge (Union) for a Zumba workout.