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Staying healthy is a full-time job
Posted Sept. 21, 2007

Marilee Lorusso
Editor in Chief

This semester, the Campus Times will be featuring a series we named “Your Health.” This idea came about as a result of a variety of current issues that have come up and have been featured in the news, including the HPV vaccine, eating and sleep disorders and obesity. We hope that the series will shine light on issues that many may or may not know about. More importantly, we hope to share ideas on how to deal with these issues.

This is a topic that is important to me and something that I relate to. I feel like I have recently forgotten about my own health as a result of a busy schedule, other excuses and a lack of information when it comes to these issues.

In today’s fast-paced society, it has become a lot more difficult to take the time to eat right, exercise and just find personal time; at least, that is how it has become for me.

When it comes to eating fast food, not exercising and not getting enough sleep, I’m guilty. It’s what most would call being a normal college student, but it isn’t necessarily the best way to take care of yourself.

I went from working out almost every day to not working out at all. I always find a way to blame it on my homework and projects, but when it comes down to it, it’s my fault for being lazy.

Every time I think about going for a run or heading to the gym, I find an excuse which is everything from going out with my friends or even just taking a nap. A big part is the intimidation because I know I’m not in the same shape as I was in before.

I feel so bombarded with my workload that I’ve started to forget about me and my health.

It’s easy for us to get caught up in our everyday lives and forget to take a step back and think about ourselves and more importantly, our health.

It was so easy my first two years of college because I had cheer practice every day and conditioning just as much which forced me to work out and stay in shape. I was motivated to work out, and I actually liked doing it. It felt good knowing that I was doing something to stay in shape.

Once cheer ended, the time I left open for workouts and practices was immediately filled with work and other extracurricular activities. I guess you could say I pretty much forgot about my health and started worrying about other things.

And my favorite guilty pleasure is eating out at restaurants and fast food, which doesn’t help at all. It is fast, convenient and so good.

When I lived in the dorms, it was easy to just go out and grab Del Taco or In-N-Out late at night if I missed dinner at Davenport or just didn’t feel like eating there.

Now that I’m living off-campus, in an apartment, I have to fend for myself, which is not an easy task for me because I’m not exactly the best cook. Going out or grabbing a bite to eat on my way home is so much easier than actually having to cook.

Fortunately for me, one of my roommates has changed her eating habits to a more healthy diet, and she makes time to exercise.

Seeing her make these changes has motivated me and shown me that it is possible to eat healthy and work out without feeling like it’s a huge task. All it takes is a little motivation.

The days of bad eating habits and not exercising are soon to be long gone.

My goal, starting this semester, is to make sure I incorporate healthy eating and exercise back into my life.

It’s going to be tough giving up all of the things I love to indulge in, but in the end, it will be worth it to me.

Marilee Lorusso, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at mlorusso@ulv.edu.