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Much like gas powers our cars, food power our lives. It fuels our body in order to allow us perform daily tasks such as thinking, moving and breathing. Who you are, what you do, and your ability to do it are all influenced by the food choices you make. Your diet is a very powerful tool that can be used for good or bad and it is important that you at least try to use it to your advantage.

Physically

Overall what you eat determines how much energy you have to tackle the activities you are doing that day whether it be a football game or something as simple as doing the dishes. Eating healthy helps make every activity run smoothly as well as reduces your risk for serious health issues.

Mentally

Food is the source of power that keep your brain running and has a direct relationship to our mental and emotion health. Illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson can all benefit from a healthy diet particularly with a reduced calorie diet as well as a colorful variety.

Relationships

Eating a healthy diet leads to your body and mind feeling fit. It makes you look good and feel good, you are more self-confident and outgoing causing you to enjoy life a little more. Unhealthy eating leads to obesity and can increase chances of illness making it harder for social interaction between friends and family.

Exercise; noun: activity requiring physical effort, carried out esp. to sustain or improve health and fitness

Now I know exercising is not the most fun thing for some of us to do, it is hard work and with only 24 short hours in the day motivation plays a big factor too. However I would extremely encourage everyone to take a couple minutes out of their day in order to get a little bit of exercise in and push towards a healthier life. Even for a few minutes a day exercise has several benefits.

Benefits of Exercising

  • Exercise controls weight–Even if you can’t get to the gym and actually exercise even taking the stairs or doing chores can help
  • Exercise combats health conditions and diseases–Regular exercise can assist in fighting off high blood pressure, stroke, depression and even some types of cancers
  • Exercise improves mood–Just a couple minutes in the gym a day can leave you happier and more relaxed, plus there is no better feeling than once you start seeing results
  • Exercise boost energy–Regular exercise helps improve muscle strength and endurance while also improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients
  • Exercise promotes better sleep–Having trouble falling asleep? A little bit of exercise could be the perfect thing to help you fall asleep or even deepen your sleep
  • Exercise puts the spark back in your sex life–Tiring out easy? Exercise can leave you more energized as well as looking better. It can also lead to increased sexual arousal for women and men are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction
  • Exercise IS FUN–There is something for everyone to enjoy. It gives you a changes to unwind and enjoy the outdoors. It is a good way to socialize and get closer with friends and family. So find something fun you like to do and just do it

 

Overall exercise and great way to improve your health and the way you feel about yourself. It helps raise self-esteem and has social benefits as well. Try to set a goal and even a simple 30 minutes a day will make you feel better! Look for something that interests you and roll with it! You might end up loving it.

Littering

Posted: September 26, 2013 in No, but Seriously

Litter ; verb: to make (a place) untidy with rubbish or a large number of objects left lying about

Can someone help me understand why people litter? Its 2013, there’s a trash can on nearly ever corner where people tend to walk and if you’re driving chances are the trash can hang on a little bit longer until your next stop where I’m sure there’ll be a place to trash some stuff. I understand there may be a few times where throwing something far away where no one will bother it seems like the most logical thing to do and sometimes it just happens, I get that. However what I don’t get is people smashing glass, throwing trash out of the car window because it’s “taking up too much space in the car”, or they’re just straight up too lazy. It needs to stop a.s.a.p. and one person cannot do this job alone; it will take everyone to do their part to keep their community as well as the Earth a clean & beautiful place. Clean up costs are often hidden however even with a growing involvement in community service clean up costs are still approximately $11.5 billion each year which too me is mind blowing. Now I know I can’t hold your hand and walk to the garbage with you for everything piece trash you have. All I can ask you is that YOU do YOUR part to keep the Earth a beautiful and clean place for no only us but future generations to come.

.: FUN FACTS :.

  • Around the country property costs have been reduced on average by 7%!
  • 93% of homeowners said that the amount of litter in a community and around a neighborhood impacts their decision on where to live
  • Education institutes spend approximately $241 million each year on litter clean up costs(might as well, who needs books?)
  • Businesses are paying the largest chunk out of overall costs of litter clean up coming in at approximately $9.1 billion dollars a year

DO YOUR PART

If you’re attending Plymouth State and have ever been on a mountain before it is almost a given that you will be purchasing some type of season pass this year as the ski/boarding season approaches us. I personally am purchasing one as was wondering exactly which one of these is the best pass for a Plymouth State Student taking into account all the factors such as price, transportation, distance away from the school as well as my personal opinion (coming from a snowboarder who has visited these mountains each several times) on the better mountains that are included in the deals.

The two passes I choose to look at are the New England Pass and the 4-NH College Pass. These both include some great ski resorts in NH however there are some significant differences that needs to be considered as a college student.

Price: N.E.P.(New England Pass)- $349.00 VS. N.H.C.P.(4-NH College Pass)- $319.00
Mountains:
N.E.P.:

  • Sunday River (96 miles;approx 1hr 50min away from PSU)- Sunday River is an amazing mountain in the northern part of Maine with 7 different peaks(I know, unbelievable). It has plenty of difficult glades as well as a huge terrain park and worth the trip every time.
  • Sugarloaf (124 miles;approx 2hr 20min away from PSU)- Sugarloaf is located in northern Vermont and is a very popular mountain, the few times I have gone there were some pretty lengthy lines however some times it just happens. The mountain is a little bit smaller than Sunday River but has plenty to offer nonetheless. I have enjoyed my time there every time I have been however this mountain is definitely a drive.
  • Loon (24.4 miles;approx 30min away from PSU)- Loon is the mountain that has the most to offer students here at PSU in this particular package. Loon is one of my favorite mountains that has been expanding each year I return. Loon is a bit smaller than the previous two mentioned however they are at no shortage of challenging glades and their parks are fun and original.
  • Snowy Mountains
    N.H.C.P.:

  • Waterville (19.8 miles;approx 30min away from PSU)- Waterville is a small mountain located very close to Plymouth State. Waterville is a fun mountain if you are going for a half day or for a few hours at a time but I found that even visiting this mountain for one full day can get boring only because of how repetitive it is. If the summit is closed you may find yourself running the same 3-5 trails all day long which does in fact get very boring. The drive is what makes this one worthwhile.
  • Bretton Woods (48.5 miles;approx 50min away from PSU)-Bretton Woods is another fairly small mountain however has a lot to offer. Bretton Woods, when the woods is snowed in, offers several fun and challenging glades, they also have a park that is not crazy but gets the job done.
  • Cannon (31.3 miles;approx 30min away from PSU)- I have had some of the best snowboarding experiences in my career at Cannon Resort. Cannon is a mid-sized mountain that on a powder day is some of the best skiing around. They offer plenty of glades as well as a few hidden glades, usually with untouched snow. The parks are decent at Cannon however I’d suggest the regular downhill skiing if you make it out to this mountain for some fresh powder. PS. Fun fact, Cannon is the home mountain of 5 time Olympic gold medalist, Bode Miller.
  • Cranmore (52.2 miles;approx 1hr 25min away from PSU)- Saved the worst for last in this case. Cranmore is a very small mountain a little bit more south than most of the mountains. Every time I have made the trip to Cranmore it has been icy with the snow guns blowing in your face down nearly every trail (this may also be because I would never waste a powder day at Cranmore). If you are making a quick trip when you are passing by this is not a horrible mountain but it definitely not one you would want to ski everyday.

So, now that I have given you the run down on the price, the distance and time it would take to get to these mountains from campus (take into account gas and miles on your vehicle, those times and distances are one way), as well as a little bit of my personal experience while visiting these mountains you might be wondering which one of these passes is going to benefit you more overall…

In my personal opinion I believe that N.H.C.P. or 4-NH College Pass is the better option for MOST students at Plymouth State University. As you can see overall the New England Pass has some sweet mountains all which have a ton to offer however the travel distances to those mountains are the big turn off here. It is called the New England pass for a reason, because they are the best places around New England, not in our local area. The N.H.C.P. targets mountains that, yes are not as big as the other ones, however are located at a much more reasonable distance and for a cheaper price. Included in both passes are about the same amount of variety (variety including number of trails, parks, glades, etc) meaning the main factors are do you want to pay the extra cash, do you have means of transportation as well as gas money and most importantly as a college student do you have the time? I have presented you with all the information you need to make an informed decision on which pass is for you…my only suggestion would be get them sooner than later before the prices spike! Thanks for reading and safe riding!

Breaking Bad

Posted: September 16, 2013 in No, but Seriously

Breaking Bad is a fairly new TV show that has had me on the edge of my seat with each episode. The show features a chemistry teacher, Walter White, who is diagnosed with lung cancer and must find a way to pay for the extremely costly treatment. Walter denies an offer from a former colleague to pay for the entire treatment and chooses instead to put his chemistry skills to work. He pairs up with a young kid, in fact a former student of his in order to attempt to sell methamphetamine’s. One of the reason’s I believe that I like it so much is because every person who’s been through high school has speculated about their teachers having a secret life on the side and in this it comes to life. I’d give it a 4.7/5 stars and would highly recommend at least giving the first few episodes a watch.
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