By Piper Haney
Tired of getting super sweaty running around the same old reservoir? Have you gotten chased by the scary geese one too many times? If you are looking for tips to spice up your run you have come to the right blog post.
I enjoy a beautiful and iconic trip around the res as much as the next Boston College running, jogging, or speed walking enthusiast but sometimes I get tired of running around in scenic circles. Follow these 4 easy steps to transform your boring old run.
My first suggestion is creating a new route; running through Boston is one of the best ways to get some exercise and exploring done all at the same time. To make exploring easier I like to use mapmyrun.com’s “create a route” feature to determine the distance and direction my run will take. At the bottom of this blog you will find pictures of a few of my favorite runs including the scenic and somewhat hilly run to Walnut Street and the exciting run to the Res’s pretty sister, the Brookline Reservoir—word on the street is it’s only a mile around and the home to adorable baby ducklings.
If your sneakers are still not calling your name I suggest recruiting a friend to join you on your sweaty adventures up and down Comm Ave (pictured above is my favorite running pal and I taking on the Red Bandana Run in matching Super Fan shirts). An updated music playlist can also do wonders for your run if all your friends are “too busy” watching Netflix to catch some fresh air. If a new running route, a trusty friend, or a new playlist of jams is not your cup of tea you have one last resort, THE DESTINATION RUN.
The only thing more fun than running into Boston and back to BC is running into Boston and taking some sort of transportation besides your feet home. Try running to Fenway, the Boston Public Garden, or the North End if you are a pizza connoisseur like myself. The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder so don’t forget to head outside and appreciate running around Boston when there isn’t 10 feet of snow.
For more information about fitness, schedule an Individual Health Plan (iHP) here, bc.edu/healthpro.
Kellie O’Leary & Andie Babusik
I highlight BC students for #RealHealthatBC features on all of BC Health’s social media platforms. These features showcase how regular BC students incorporate health and wellness into their (busy) everyday lives. A recent feature was of Kellie O’Leary, a Boston College senior.
Kellie does yoga at least four times a week. Through high school she casually did yoga, but she started taking yoga more seriously after an injury that left her unable to do her normal work out. Kellie says, “Yoga made me feel strong when I thought my body was weak and broken.” Now, whenever she feels sore or gets injured, she knows she has yoga to turn too. Kellie feels empowered by her body’s ability to do yoga and wants everyone else to feel just as empowered! Kellie details how yoga is a freeing experience for her, “There is no judgement in yoga. There are so many levels and variations, you can do it alone or in a class. Yoga can be molded to fit anyone’s life.”
Kellie loves that yoga can be modified for anyone interested. Most yoga moves have three variations, an easy, medium, and hard style. The variations are a great way to work in your comfort zone but still have room to advance. Not to mention, you can choose the moves that work for you. For example, if you broke your foot and can’t put any weight on it Kellie suggests doing sitting poses or one-leg standing poses. Kellie affirms, “Yoga is about listening to your body. Then you can give your body what it wants and needs.”
Yoga transformed Kellie’s life, maybe it can benefit yours too! Check out more of what Kellie had to say about yoga:
“When I got injured, I started practicing yoga more seriously, and it was life changing. Now I do yoga about four days a week. I love that you can make yoga whatever you want or need it to be for you. Yoga makes me feel strong and helps me de-stress. Exercising is about pushing yourself, but yoga is about giving your body what it needs. Everyone can do yoga and everyone should do yoga!”
For more information about healthy choices, schedule an iHP (Individual Health Plan) through the Office of Health Promotion at bc.edu/healthpro or visit BC Campus Rec’s website at http://www.bc.edu/offices/rec.html.
by Olivia Sutton
While some prefer to go to the gym and lift weights or run on the treadmill, I like to take a gentler approach. This approach has been my method for not only strengthening my body, but also realigning muscle parts that once felt disconnected. This method is also convenient because it can be done anytime, anywhere with little to no equipment necessary. This gentler approach is called yoga, perhaps you’ve heard of it.
Yoga is an Indian holistic discipline that’s been around for 5,000 years. It has numerous benefits, including an increased flexibility, improved posture, increased muscle strength, increased blood flow and boosted immunity. Yoga also helps to relax the body and set the foundation for a healthier lifestyle. Not to mention, yoga is inspiring; it can prompt you to be the best version of yourself. Whenever I practice yoga, I feel motivated to eat a healthier dish at the dining hall or make more time for self-care. In yoga class, I feel at ease and have a sense of community because I know that everyone else in the room is there for the same purpose. I appreciate the fact that I can go at my own pace and do what feels good to me in yoga, whether I am in my room or in a yoga class.
Yoga has been a significant part of my life since 2015 because of how it makes me feel physically, emotionally, and mentally. It has provided an outlet for me to push myself, but at the same time, teaches me to anchor myself through my breath and move with purpose. What I love most about yoga is that it allows me to become present in the moment. I’m reminded to be patient with myself and always seek ways to improve where I am weakest. Overall, yoga has helped me be the best version of myself. College life is hard, and it’s so important to find something that takes you to your happy place. When I come off my yoga mat, I know I’m in my happy place.
For more information on yoga classes or other ways to exercise, visit BC Rec at the Plex or bc.edu/offices/rec. To schedule an iHP (individual health plan) appointment, visit http://www.bc.edu/offices/healthpro/