Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We Aren't all Born to Run (or CrossFit)

Two years ago I decided I was going to start running. I wanted to be the person who reached "runner's high," the girl with the 26.2 sticker on her car, however I quickly realized that wasn't me. Running takes dedication, endurance and stamina, yet for me that was all gone by mile 4 of a training run. The first few miles my mind is clear and my body feels good, but anything after that I am miserable and I absolutely hate what I am doing. So that was and still is my threshold, the 5k. As much as I would like to be someone who can say they ran a marathon, it probably won't happen because I want to enjoy my fitness, whatever it may be.

There are many types of workout programs now that want to push you to your limit and if you thrive off that, then by all means go for it! Many of my close friends enjoy those high intensity settings and they see maximum results. I however, get a little self-conscious when I work out, so being yelled out by an instructor in front of 20+ others is not me for. This is where I give you my opinion-find something YOU like and do it.

Don't feel bad for turning down your friend's invitation to her CrossFit group or not wanting to use that 20% of a boot camp class Groupon your co-worker shared with you. Don't waste time feeling uncomfortable in a setting that isn't right for you. Try different classes or activities that YOU enjoy. Here are a few of my personal suggestions; (since we are located in Fort Worth, the bold names will lead you to our local spots)


  • Barre Class- This class incorporates the ballet barre and uses your bodyweight for resistance. These classes challenge your balance and stability, helping to sculpt a lean and toned frame. 
  • Bike Share Programs- Many cities across the country now offer bike sharing. They station bike kiosks around popular city destinations and you pay to rent and ride them across the city where you can return them at a different kiosk. 
  • Hot Yoga- There are various practices of hot yoga, but the overall theme is taking a 60-90 minute class in a heated room. It sounds a little nuts, but it is my personal favorite! 
  • Zumba- Gyms all across the country offer Zumba courses, a fun dance based exercise that gives you a great workout without feeling like you are working out! 

What are some of your favorite ways to get active? Share in the comments section! 



*Disclaimer- I am no fitness expert, however I do enjoy finding new and different ways to exercise and feel good about myself. I have personally done all the activities listed above and I would suggest them to anyone looking to find a great physical activity. Just remember to check with your doctor before starting any fitness routine to prevent accident or injury* 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wow! It's TSU eCampus WOW

This week we here at Tarleton State University eCampus Programs are celebrating our Week of Wellness!

We will be sharing content from some of our favorite fitness, health, wellness and active lifestyles sites, as well as giving you a look at how we ourselves stay well!

I would like to begin the week by challenging you all (myself included) to scheduling a balanced meal plan for Monday-Friday. We are all guilty of eating out for convenience, so let's write out a health plan and stick to it together.

Let's get out lists together and get to planning! I cannot wait to get well with you all this week!

Here is a peak of my list thus far, simple yet healthy!


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The S Word

Stress 
     : a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work etc.
     : something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety

According to Merriam-Webster, that is the definition given for stress,the nagging feeling we all experience at many points of our professional and personal life. For many working adults who are also pursuing a degree, this time of year adds extra stressors to life, such as registering for summer and fall courses, preparing for final exams, TAXES, and making summer plans for your family.

Even though this time of year may cause quite a bit of worry, thankfully the spring brings forth many opportunities to destress and tune out from the pressures of life. Many spring festivals and free outdoor activities are held all across Texas.

Here are a few happening in the DFW area; 


  • Friday on the Green
    •  Held the first Friday of April-October (omitting August due to heat) in the Magnolia District of Fort Worth, this free concert series showcases the best local musicians. So bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and sample delicious treats from a variety of local food trucks while listening to awesome jams under the stars.
  • Klyde Warren Park 
    • This beautiful urban park built over Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas offers daily free activities such as live music, yoga, Zumba, amongst many more. Spend a sunny spring Saturday lounging around the Big D! 

  • Main Street Arts Festival  
    • This free 4-day celebration of the creative mind is held this week (April 10-13) in downtown Fort Worth. Enjoy live music, performances by dance troupes and check out one of a kind paintings, sculptures and installments in Cowtown. 

What are some of your favorite free spring activities to combat stress? Share below!

 
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

5 Reasons You Should Embrace Values-Driven Leadership like Michael Hyatt

In a recent podcast, Michael Hyatt discussed strategies for leaders to build values-driven organizations.  I agree with Michael, but wanted to discuss my perspective in light of our university's core values: leadership, excellence,  integrity, civility, tradition, and service.
8 Reasons You Should Embrace Values-Driven Leadership Like Michael Hyatt
8 Reasons You Should Embrace Values-Driven Leadership

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Importance of the Handshake

Handshakes are the only acceptable form of physical contact for men and women in the business arena. 




  1. Handshakes are the universally accepted business greeting
  2. You are judged by the quality of the handshake
  3. A good handshake:
    • keep the fingers together with the thumb up and open 
    • slide your hand into the other person's so that each person's web of skin between thumb and forefingers touches the other's 
    • squeeze firmly
  4. A proper handshake:
    • is firm, but not bone-crushing
    • lasts about 3 seconds
    • may be "pumped" once or twice from the elbow
    • includes good eye contact with the other person 
  5. Extend a hand when:
    • meeting someone for the first time
    • meeting someone you haven't seen for a while
    • greeting your host(ess) 
    • greeting guests
    • saying good-bye to people at a gathering 
    • someone else extends a hand 
  6. Handshaking Tips:
    • avoid giving a cold, wet handshake by keeping your drink in the left hand

Check out our helpful handshake video here

Special thanks to Beth in Career Services for providing this information and a hand to shake in our video! 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Famous People Learning Online

An online program lets working adults achieve their degree without having to sacrifice their career or time with their families. That may be why many celebrities are turning to online programs to complete a degree or further their education with a graduate or PhD degree.

A few celebs who have utilized distance learning programs are;


  • Marcia Cross- The former "Desperate Housewives" star earned her Master's in Psychology from Antioch University
  • James Franco- Actor and writer Franco has completed both his bachelor's (UCLA) and master's (Columbia) through online programs
  •  Lisa Leslie & Shaquille O'Neal- Both former basketball stars received their MBA from University of Phoenix
  • Steven Speilberg- The legendary director who dropped out of college to focus on his film career decided to complete his degree via distance learning with California State University-Long Beach 


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

10 Actions You Must Take After Logging Into Your Online Classes

10 Actions You Must Take After Logging into Your Online Classes
Whether you are logging into your learning management system for the first time or whether you think you are an experienced user, make sure you follow these steps each time you log into your online classes.

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