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Fitness Friday: Track Workout

10-minute track workout

Fun fitness fact: Did you know that consistent high intensity work for 4-10 minutes will improve your ability to do 20-40 minutes of lower intensity endurance activity?

In other words, you could do just 4-10 minutes of hard work and gain more fitness than you would if you spent 30 minutes on a steady state cardio machine. We college students are always complaining about not having enough time… so why not save 20 minutes on your workout while still gaining fitness?

Today’s track workout combines running with a few other exercises to help increase your strength while getting a cardio workout in as well. When you’re working, you’re working as hard as you can for that interval. The workout will take anywhere from 10-15 minutes to complete, depending on your fitness level. The rest period is not designed for you to completely recover – by not fully recovering from each round, you’ll have to work harder. (more…)

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Fitness Friday: Stair Workout

Julianna Foster / Daily BruinWe UCLA students are no strangers to stairs, but have you ever thought about using them for a quick workout? One of the best things about stair workouts is that you can do them pretty much anywhere. In your dorm or apartment building, at the track and even on campus. They’re perfect for adding a little movement to your routine, and you can break them up into small segments that are spread throughout the day if you don’t have time for a full-on workout.

Basically, a stair workout is the perfect workout for finals week. You probably won’t have to leave your building, and you can pick how long you want to go for. (Five to 10 minutes will get your heart rate up and blood pumping for sure.) So next time you need a quick study break, think about getting those legs moving instead of perusing Facebook or Instagram. (more…)

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Fitness Friday: Tabata

Julianna Foster / Daily Bruin

Tabata: A fancy sounding word for just four minutes of  high intensity interval training (HIIT).

A tabata is eight rounds of 20 seconds of work + 10 seconds of rest. Tabatas are a great way to increase your fitness in a short amount of time. During the 20 seconds of work, you’re going all out. This type of program is high intensity, so make sure you have a decent fitness base before trying some of the more difficult exercises.

The eight rounds add up to just 4 minutes, which means that it’s really easy to squeeze them into your day. They’re the perfect break from studying to get your heart rate up and clear your head. If you don’t have time to get to the gym one day, you definitely have a few four-minute breaks here and there to fit a tabata in. (more…)

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Fitness Friday: Dealing with Exercise Guilt

Being an active person is really great for your health. There are many articles floating around on the internet about how to get yourself to the gym, what workouts to do, ways to motivate yourself and more. And those are all really great suggestions.

But what about when it becomes too much? Maybe you’re sick and have a midterm later this week. Maybe you missed your workout that morning, or the only time you can go to the gym is when your friends are getting dinner. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep the night before and take a nap instead of getting your sweat session in.

So you skipped a workout, but now you feel guilty about it. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t feel guilty: (more…)

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