Healthy Eating

 

Written by: Marika Gray

Eating healthy is normally not on the list of priorities for a college student, though it shouldn’t be. The quickest and easiest way to a meal is not always the best way. As a college student this is the first time in your life that you get to make most of your decisions on your own. This is the best time to establish healthy eating habits that will last a life time. Let’s start with the obvious, fruit. Whenever you are presented with free food on campus, such as “Fresh Fruit Fridays” in the Campus Rec, take advantage of it! An apple goes a much longer way than a quick bag of chips. Next, always remember to listen to your body. When you are hungry, eat! Avoid skipping meals to do other things like studying. Without the proper energy supplied through nutritious meals you are unable to reach your full studying potentials. It is also a good idea to establish a routine! One option for this is to prepare your meals for the week ahead of time. This leaves way for zero excuses when you need something quick and easy because you have already done the hard work. As a UAB student you are presented with dozens of healthy option in each dining facility, you just have to look for them.

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Get Active!

Written by: Marika Gray

As a college student, it is so easy to get overwhelmed with presentations, due dates and classes that it often leads to stress. Self-care tends to be neglected during these times, when it actually should become a priority. One of the best ways to escape stress is to exercise. Prolonged stress can lead to other health problems. By being physically active one can sleep better at night and ease anxiety. Exercise also stimulates cell development to actually boost productivity while doing homework. It also improves memory, which will come in great handy during the upcoming finals week. As a UAB student, one has a plethora of resources to get active. Joining an intramural team is one way and will have great effects on college life. First, it keeps you active. Playing sports is such an enjoyable way to burn calories while having fun. It has much more of a positive impact than binge watching TV shows. It is also a great escape from work and can have a relaxing effect. The relationships formed by being on a team with your peers can last a lifetime. As a college student I joined an indoor soccer team. I’d never played soccer in my life, but a coworker came to me because she needed to meet a minimum requirement with her team mates to be registered. I went along with it, just to be nice. By the end of the season I had fallen in love with it. I learned so much about a sport I’d never played and looked forward to that one hour each week to escape school and work and just have some fun with my peers. My team even went on to win the indoor soccer intramural championship, which is much more than I’d expected. I built friendships and it actually motivated me to get back into exercising more often. With that being said, I want to encourage all college students to get active. Whether it is from walking the indoor track or joining an intramural team, just move.

Intramural Staff Now Hiring Officials!

The intramural sports staff is currently hiring students to work as intramural officials for this upcoming school year. Sports that you would work with as an intramural official would be flag football, soccer, volleyball, dodgeball, kickball, basketball and softball. Please email spettigr@uab.edu for more information on the position, or if you are interested in applying.

Summer Intramurals

The summer intramural schedule is out and we hope you will all join us for some fun this season!

LEAGUE SPORTS REGISTRATION DEADLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION PLAY DATES LOCATION
Kickball June 4th @ 11:30pm All league registrations will take place on imleagues.com. June 8th-July 9th West Campus
Softball July 9th @ 11:30pm July 13th-August 13th West Campus
EVENTS & TOURNAMENTS REGISTRATION DEADLINE REGISTRATION INFORMATION PLAY DATES LOCATION
Wii Bowling N/A on-site registration May 14th CRCT Game Room
Badminton June 9th @ 11:30pm imleagues.com June 11th-12th CRCT Center Court
Racquetball July 9th @ 11:30pm imleagues.com July 13th-16th CRCT Racquetball Courts
Cornhole N/A on-site registration July 23rd CRCT Center Court

Intramural Fat Bat Wiffleball and Indoor Flag Football

Don’t miss your last two chances to participate in intramural sports this year! We will be holding Fat Bat Wiffleball on Thursday at 6:00pm in the CRCT Center Court. The registration deadline for this is Wednesday night at 11:30pm. Then Indoor Flag Football will begin on Monday at the same time and place and the registration deadline for that is Thursday night at 11:30pm. Be sure to get your friends together and teams in right away! Registration can be done on imleagues.com!