The Benefits of Martial Arts

McKayla Dyk - Marketing Intern

October 10, 2017

Self-defense is an important skill to have no matter your age, gender, or build. Learning self-defense and martial arts prepares you to encounter physical danger in any situation. Not only does it build confidence, but it improves your overall health as well. Types of martial arts include karate, taekwondo, judo, kung fu, and many more.

Choosing which type of martial arts to learn depends on your personal style and fitness goals. For instance, karate is a great way to build overall strength because it uses many different muscles. Taekwondo focuses on the lower body, strengthening your legs with kicking. Judo is a different type of self-defense that focuses on escaping instead of fighting back, and kung fu combines the skills and techniques of all three, making for a great cardio workout.

Whether you are interested in gaining confidence, increasing your awareness and preparedness, or just looking for a solid workout, martial arts is an excellent option. Through martial arts training, you improve your flexibility, stamina, posture, and even your mental health.

Here at Liberty University Recreation Centers, we strive to create an environment where students can improve physically and mentally. That is why we are offering a Martial Arts/Self-Defense Workshop on October 11th in the LaHaye Rec and Fitness Center Dance Studio from 5:30-7:30pm. If you are interested in learning more about martial arts and how it can improve your well-being, register for this workshop!

Aromatherapy & You

Amanda Pagán - Marketing Intern

September 25, 2017

Isn’t it crazy how certain smells can trigger such strong emotions and memories? That’s because our sense of smell is a powerful sensation that is tied to different parts of our brain. When we smell something, it passes the areas in our brain that store emotions and memories.

Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years. It’s been used to manage pain, improve sleep quality, reduce stress, improve symptoms of depression, and even soothe sore joints. When inhaled or applied to the skin, essential oils have been shown to help people overcome various health problems and aid in relaxation. 

Some well-known benefits of aromatherapy are:

Improved Sleep Quality - Because essential oils promote relaxation, they can also help you feel sleepier before you head to bed.

Soothed Pain and Inflammation - Studies have shown that essential oils can help manage muscle pain and inflammation. Soothe those sore post-workout muscles with essential oils. 

Raised Alertness - Having trouble focusing? Certain essential oils can boost your energy levels and help you better focus on the task at hand. 

It might sound too good to be true but you’ll never know until you give it a try!
For more information on aromatherapy and its benefits, come to our Wellness Workshop: Aromatherapy and Your Health on September 26 from 5:30-6:30pm in the LaHaye Rec & Fitness Center Mind/Body Studio. Learn how to use natural essential oils for a healthier approach to treating aches, pains, stress and so much more! 

4 Ways to Maximize Your Success This Semester

McKayla Dyk - Marketing Intern

September 21, 2017

We’re a few weeks into the school year, and it’s already busier than ever. If you’re struggling to maintain your health, or even your sanity, check out these tips on maximizing your success this semester.

1. Prioritize – What is important to you? What goals do you have? They can be short-term or long-term. Everyone’s goals will be different. If you’re a freshman, maybe your goal is to make new friends and figure out your major. If you’re a senior, maybe you want to find a job before you graduate. Maybe you want to be in better shape and eat healthier. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, it only matters that you have them and act on them. Go the extra mile and approach that person and make a new friend. Beef up your resume and apply for that dream job. Make an effort to get up early a couple times a week and hit the gym. Find out what you personally need and make those things a priority. You won’t regret it.

2. Exercise – Eating well and exercising is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and will help you avoid that Freshman (or Junior) 15. Exercising also produces endorphins, lifting your mood. It’s a great way to meet new friends in group exercise activities at the LaHaye Rec and Fitness Center, or get some much-needed alone time working out on your own. Even just half an hour of your day spent exercising can improve your mood and overall outlook on life.

3. Socialize – Life gets busy fast when you’re a college student. Make sure you’re taking time out of your schedule to grow your relationships with old friends and even make some new ones. School is important, but in this stage of life you have the opportunity to make lifelong friends. Take advantage of this by getting a group together and participating in events all over campus like bowling at the Montview Bowling Alley, taking a cycling class at the LaHaye Rec and Fitness Center, or going on a hike.

4. Personalize – Hanging out with friends is important, but so is alone time. Invest in others, but also invest in yourself. When life gets crazy, sometimes you just need to take time out of your day and breathe. Here at Liberty University Rec Centers, we care for your health, not just physically, but spiritually too. Grow in your relationship with Christ and take care of yourself because your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Take a breather and participate in one of the many yoga or aerobics classes offered.

Even though college life can be overwhelming, these four tips can improve your health and well-being. If you're using these tips and Liberty’s Recreation Centers facilities, make sure to let us know on social media by using #itstartshere.

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