Kickboxing, nutrition spring body into shape

By Kasey Minnick
February 22, 2007

Meghan Hurley

Now is the time many students are thinking about road trips with their friends to warmer temperatures, traveling out of the country and looking good doing all of that. Spring break is right around the corner and working out to get the desired figure is esay.

Monday through Friday starting at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., there are programs from mat Pilates, water aerobics, Kundalini yoga and kickboxing.

Fitness Coordinator of the Dixon Center Jess Huda said, “Kickboxing is the new, biggest thing.”

Huda said, “Cardio kickboxing meets Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. for one hour. There is a great turn-out each session with about 25 to 30 people attending.”

Besides keeping your body fit, kickboxing has many other benefits. According to a study by the ACE, you can burn anywhere from 350 to 450 calories an hour with this exercise.

Maggie Walmsley, a sophomore psychology major, said, “Kickboxing is really intense and a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, but it was fun at the same time and I learned a whole lot.”

Allison Gidich, a junior exercise science and health major, said, “I do cardio and resistant training to simply stay in shape, but I also like kickboxing a lot. There are at least 30 people there every time.”

With a rigorous workout everyday, it’s also a great idea to eat healthy. suggests a few quick tips to enhance energy while obtaining required nutrients in a diet.

Another path to getting into shape is to drink breakfast every morning by having a smoothie. Simply spoon a cup of low-fat yogurt, some frozen berries, fruit juice, and banana into a blender. Then add a quarter cup of powdered nonfat milk for a satisfying meal that also gives the body 625 milligrams of calcium. This is more than half of what is needed for the day.

Next this site recommends avoiding that afternoon slump of not putting food into the stomach. Eating between meals can keep energy high and weight down by choosing snacks that combine carbohydrates with protein for a boost that lasts.

By combining exercise with smart food choices, it is a definite that during spring break, feeling and looking great will not even be a worry on the to-do list.

Kasey Minnick

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