By Lorraine Soland
HSU students are well-known for living healthy lifestyles. With hills and stairs around every corner, how could you not? It’s not just exercise that’s required of you, but eating healthy too. And if anyone knows how to do that, it’s HSU students.
Dr. Colette Beaupre, a professor at HSU teaching human biology, said that, according to the USDA site, “a minimum of 10 minute intervals (per day).” “What you’re trying to do is get your pulse up, to push your heart a little bit further to make it stronger,” Beaupre continued, “I think probably a minimum a half an hour [of exercise] a day.”
With exactly 947 stairs on the HSU campus, keeping your heart rate up shouldn’t be a problem. For the days they can’t go to the gym, you can easily get a short exercise in on your way to class.
An employee, 23-year-old environmental engineering major, Jimmie Griggs, at the Student Recreation Center’s West Gym discussed his take on the health and wellness of HSU students.
Grigg works a three hour shift and sees plenty of students in the gym.
Griggs says he sees an average of about 35 students per day in the gym during his shift. And the West Gym is the smallest of the two gyms. Griggs mentioned that a lot of the people who come into the gym are constants, but there will sometime be people he doesn’t recognize.
“I feel like everybody who comes here takes advantage of it,” said Griggs, “I feel like a lot of people don’t know about the West Gym though.”
While the West Gym is small, it’s better for those students who don’t like to exercise around a lot of people. As you walk in, there are two rows of ellipticals and tread mills, as well as a small rock wall for climbing. Near the back of the gym there are machines for working out arms and legs.
While HSU is very focused on health and wellness, there are some challenges that come with being a college student in general—especially at HSU.
Anthony Lapiz, 22-year-old kinesiology and political science major, said, “Some college diets aren’t great. And the weed culture doesn’t help.”
The foods given on campus aren’t the healthiest around. While the occasional breakfast burrito or slice of pizza might be tasty, it doesn’t help with maintaining a healthy diet. And because weed is infamous for causing the munchies and is a huge part of HSU’s culture, it doesn’t help with weight gain.
Being a busy college student makes it more and more difficult to find the time to eat healthy and exercise. 21-year-old psychology major, Eddie Shinn, has made it his goal to find the time to exercise and eat healthy—being on the track and field team definitely helps (and has him exercising almost 6 days a week).
Shinn discussed the topic of being a college student and finding the time to exercise and eat healthy.
Shinn said, “When you have nothing really fast to eat or when you don’t have time and you need something that’s fast to eat, you can’t really sit around and cook something for an hour. Throw in chicken nuggets.”
Shinn continued to talk about finding the time to exercise, and how it was still a challenge, even being on the track and field team.
“You gotta make sure you have time worked around the track schedules, and everything revolves around the track schedule. You have to make sure you don’t miss practice by getting your stuff done.” Shinn continued, “It keeps you in check with schoolwork, but it makes it hard because sometimes you want those extra 2 to 3 hours to do homework.”
While being a college student is already enough of a challenge, being a college student who wants to be healthy is even more of one.
“Because everywhere around here is usually eating healthy stuff, it’s easier to eat healthy here than if we were to go somewhere else where people don’t like, have these farmers markets going on or have the local grown produce and stuff,” said Shinn, “And there’s so many hills and stairs that that gets you in shape. You’ve got the forest to run through and hike through.”