Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

As a recent health-kick enthusiast, I have found it impossible to avoid any blog that provides me with healthy meals and short, beneficial workouts that actually work for my body.  Both of these ideas seem far-fetched for a full time college student with class, homework, Thursday-Saturday frat hopping, Sunday Funday and of course Jerk, duh.

Some of us have to work extra hard to get that crop top worthy body.

While I was hunting for my own sources to help keep me motivated, I came across The Slender Student. Not only is this girl a college student, just like us, but also gives you tons of easy/healthy alternative snacks and meals, as well as ass kicking workouts that you can do in a 12 x 12 dorm room.

This girl has it all!

She recently posted a recipe for a “Slender S’more,” which obviously is a s’more, but contains only 100 calories. The Slender Student puts together a s’more with a rice cake, one piece of dove chocolate and five mini marshmallows. There is no way a snack like this can be anything but mouth watering. Then a few posts later you will find a 20 minutes work out that will target every main muscle group in your body. I did it, and it hurts, a lot.

I understand how frustrating it can be to maintain school work, a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, but maybe The Slender Student can help reduce the size of that beer belly from all of those free drinks at flip night.

Not only can you follow The Slender Student’s blog, but you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Best of luck my newly born health-kick enthusiasts!

-Chelsey Perry

Everyone is looking for ways to lose weight even if it looks, sounds, is obnoxious. Oh hey drink this “smoothie” and stand on your head I swear it works. Okay well I’ve never heard that one but come on you know what I’m talking about. Crazy ideas and routines to do to shed those extra pounds that probably will come right back after you quit what you’re doing. And please, quit, because what you’re doing is probably not healthy or just makes you look like a fool anyway.

Yet, these people took exercise to the next level. The corporate level. Who thought turning your desk into a treadmill would work? This guy.

Craig Engler saw how working out wasn’t fitting into his schedule and took it to the extreme. Not only did he start working out, but also started exercising during work hours. How? By turning his desk into a treadmill or turning his treadmill into a desk, whichever way. By walking or jogging during work he lost roughly 65 pounds. Congrats.

Now to me this is a little extreme. I get bringing the gym to you and adding it into your work time so you don’t have to go to the gym but spending over $1000 on it? No fucking way. If you have money to do this and really care that much then be my guest but seriously walk to the gym or go run around the block a few times a week. That’s free.

Other people have tried the recent bandwagon switch to sitting on an exercise ball at work instead of an office chair. This does burn a few more calories than sitting in a chair but as recent doctors have discussed it has a higher risk of injury. As discussed in an article on the New York Times Health page, The Claim: Replacing Your Desk Chair With an Exercise Ball can Improve Your Posture, studies show more slumping and slouching on the ball than in a regular chair.

As stated in the article by Anahad O’Connor, “A study last year, by Dutch researchers, compared workers who did hour-long typing tasks on exercise balls and while seated in office chairs with armrests. The balls produced more muscle activity and 33 percent more ‘trunk motion.’ But they also produced more spinal shrinkage.” So I guess changing up your work environment isn’t always the best thing.

When deciding to change something in your life, even if it is just a chair, make sure it is for the best and will not harm your body or work ethic in the process.

-Brooke Leone

People of Iron

Posted: August 1, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives
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by Beatrice Schachenmayr

Lake Placid’s population has doubled in a mere two days. Athletes have arrived with their families and professionals have returned to compete in their seventh Ironman triathlon. Tourists are enthusiastic to visit the town at full capacity while locals are exhausted from working double shifts.

It’s as if the village is undergoing a serious operation – roads are closed for the race, bike traffic is nonsensical, signs of encouragement crowd the roadsides, colorful chalk is smeared throughout the paved course, shirts and trinkets are distributed among athletes and families in the Iron Village (what is normally the oval), and there is a seemingly endless wait for a table at any restaurant on Main Street. It’s a forty-eight hour transformation.

Energized, enthusiastic athletes, fitted with their blue bands, anticipate the gun sound on Sunday morning that signals the start of the race. Saturday night the town is quiet. Athletes are asleep after having indulged in a two thousand calories meal of carbohydrates and families are resting for a day filled with cheering and commotion.

The gun sounds. Twenty-five hundred athletes flail their arms and kick their feet, trying to defend themselves in the water. They’ve literally launched themselves into a commitment of exhaustion, many of them dropping pounds as they get closer to the finish. Not all racers finish the swim and many miss the time cut and aren’t permitted to continue but those are simply the rules of the sport.

And come Monday morning cars are fully loaded with equipment, families have lost their voices, and athletes are aching and proud. Those who finished have proved themselves to have the strength to swim 2.4 miles, bike 126, and run 26.9.

-Beatrice Schachenmayr

Why the fuck is it so hot this summer already? Seriously, this is ridiculous.

I was just browsing through my saved blog posts and such today and found this snazzy little article. If you’re like me, you hate drinking water all the time, especially the recommended 8 glasses a day, if you do this then you deserve an award because I can’t make it a week.

I usually brew up some black tea to help get the water into my system, but here are a few other recipes to help stay hydrated and fit without the calories from

1. Passion Fruit Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 cup of chilled low fat milk
2,8 oz (80 grams) of chilled low fat yoghurt (unflavored or vanilla)
1 tbsp of honey
1 mango
1 passion fruit

Instructions: Clean and slice your fruits, throw them in a food processor along with the rest of ingredients and blend until smooth. Yup, it’s that simple!

2. Mint Iced Tea
Ingredients: 2 satchels of mint tea
500milliliters (about 17oz) of water
½ lemon
1 tablespoon of honey

Instructions: Brew mint tea, add honey and let the mixture cool down before adding the juice of ½ lemon (I prefer adding zest as well but you can skip it in case strong citrus flavors are simply not your cup of tea). Once you’re done, your tea is ready to spend a couple of hours chilling in the fridge.

3. Watermelon and Strawberry Sorbet
Ingredients: 100grams (1/2cup) of chopped strawberries
400 grams (2 cups) of chopped watermelon

Instructions: Freeze your fruit solid before throwing them into a food processor or, in case you don’t have a couple of hours to spare use fresh fruit but add 7-10 ice cubes. Blend until slushy and – Voila! Now, could a healthy drink recipe get any simpler?

4. Watermelon Lemonade
Ingredients: 4 cups of watermelon cubes
Juice from three (3) lemons
Crushed ice

Instructions: Mash or process your watermelon cubes until they turn into paste then add lemon juice and crushed ice! No need to add sugar although you could get away with just a pinch or two, just in case you have a serious sweet tooth.

Hopefully this brightens up your summer months.

-Brooke Leone

I found this blog on Pinterest when searching for workouts and such. With a tag line like Lazy Girl Fitness who doesn’t want to click on that to see what it’s all about?

Violet Sage is a blog with several goals and accomplishments. She’s kind of inspiring. Also what I’ve noticed is that she has been married for almost 20 years and you can’t feel her age through her blog. Incredible. I look at a lot of blogs daily and I can approximate the users age just by the material posted.

Lazy Girl Fitness is a few recent posts that you can do around your house with whomever and wherever. While brushing your teeth, waiting for the microwave to stop, folding laundry, and reading a book. My favorite one is the laundry-folding bit.

Dead lift laundry: Squat down, lift your laundry with you and then above your shoulders for a little extra. Do this 15 times each time you have a new load (dirty or clean).

Wall sits while folding: What better way to fold but with a wall sit! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and then proceed to sit against the wall (keeping your back flat) and fold. If it gets too easy, try going on your toes, shoot for folding 5 pieces of laundry at a time.

Now I think this is a great idea but is this realistic? I feel like if I was folding my laundry, sitting on the wall (not possible) would probably make my laundry even more of a mess than it was when it came out of the dryer. As a neat freak and someone who does laundry once a month, this would be the longest wall sit challenge of my life. Of anyone’s life for that matter. The dead lift stuff is a little more tangible since laundry gets pretty heavy at times.

I’ll definitely be trying these and other workouts from the site, though.

-Brooke Leone

A while back, I wrote about Cassey Ho who is a fitness instructor as well as a fitness blogger with youtube videos, meal plans, lifestyle lessons, and several other topics you might have never considered. For me, Cassey is a great inspiration while also pushing me to try new techniques and crazy food. Seriously, check out her blog at and see what I’m talking about.

While being a blogalites enthusiast, Cassey also started her own clothing line.  oGorgeous was created while she was in college (that’s insane!) and was launched her senior year in 2009.  As stated on the site, “Since then, the bags have been featured in major publications such as SHAPE Magazine and on national talk shows such as the Wendy Williams Show.”

Recently, Cassey has been having crazy discounts on her items as well as creating new styles and color choices for her clients. Her new “Train insane or remain the same” tanks have been one of the items that everyone has been talking about.

If you’re a yoga pant, fitness-wearing freak like me, then I suggest checking out the merch at You’d be surprised what she’s come up with.

-Brooke Leone

The 30-Minute Outdoor Workout

Posted: May 22, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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It is finally consistently beautiful here in Upstate New York. That means sitting in the sunshine all day long, running in the fresh air and not that smelly gym, and taking our workouts outdoors.

I always brush up on my fitness techniques and exercises because there are constantly new workouts available. Your body also gets used to your workouts if you do them every single day, which means you should add some variety into your workouts. Do something Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but not Tuesday or Thursday.

Here are a few exercises I found on that are very simple but very efficient. Plus they’re for your outside workouts.

Side Leap: Stand on a flat surface with your feet together, bend your knees and hop as far as you can to your right without putting your left foot on the ground. Bend your right knee and hop as far to the left as you can without placing your right foot on the ground. Do 20 hops on each side, for a more intense exercise, go faster or slower and increase the amount of hops you do.

Park Bench Dip: With your back to the bench, place your hands on the bench, hip width apart. With your feet together and your body in a sitting position, bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle and return to start position. Keep your body close to the bench at all times. Complete 12 to 15 reps.

Park Bench Push Up: Place your hands on the park bench while walking your feet out behind your body until your legs are completely extended. Bend arms and lower chest toward bench. Complete 12 reps. For another variation of the push up visit

Hanging Crunch: Take hold of a sturdy tree branch, monkey bars, or other elevated item, keep arms fully extended while bringing your knees up towards your abs. Do as many as you can.

For more workouts visit

-Brooke Leone

You sure that’s the right shoe?

Posted: May 4, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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I love shoes. Let’s just put that on the table right away. I’ll probably buy any type of shoe or any color shoe depending on what mood I’m in and how much peer pressure is placed upon me.

My favorite shoes are my flip-flops because, well, I don’t really like wearing shoes so these are the least coverage possible. However, we all have to wear shoes if we want to go to any public place, unless you’re one of those students who walk around campus barefoot. I don’t really know how that works but hey congrats for having the biggest calluses ever. Gross…

So yes, shoes are a must. A lot of students on Syracuse University’s campus go to the gym frequently (way to go). But are you wearing the proper shoes for your workouts? I have no idea to be honest. I love my running shoes since they are the only ones that I’ve found that DON’T give me blisters, but I didn’t know that there were certain shoes for the gym, outside, and for the specific activity you’re doing. I mean yeah, I know that there are climbing shoes, running shoes, cross training shoes, special biking shoes, hiking shoes, etc. etc. etc… but lets be real, who knows what specific running shoe goes to the gym with you and what one stays outside? No one.

Well, Women’s Health Magazine has created an interactive piece that will help you differentiate between your vibrant pretty neon Nikes and those less colorful Asics hiding under your bed.

Just to be more specific, the site gives you ideas on shoe shopping tips, what shoes are for the gym, group classes, and for running. Check the site out, it has some great stuff on it and some stuff you probably never would have thought about.

-Brooke Leone