'Physical Activity'

I <3 Veggies!

You are what you eat. So, eating healthful foods will definitely lead to you feeling better mentally, physically, and emotionally. This month, March, is National Nutrition Month..and BYL is teaming up with Dining Services for “I heart veggies”.

When it comes to eating vegetables (and fruits) at Tufts, it can be difficult. Prices of these items can be high, some may not taste great to you, they may not be easy to find outside of the dining halls, you may not know how to prepare them, and more. Thinking about eating more and finding ways to do so, however, will increase your intake. By eating more veggies and fruits, you’ll eat less of other foods that may not be as healthful and have a better overall diet.

Here are some ways to get more fruits and veggies in your diet:

  • Try adding a variety of fruits and vegetables as pizza toppings (broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, and pineapples, just to name a few).
  • Come to a BYL cooking class and learn how to prepare fruits and veggies.
  • Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad dressing for dipping.
  • Instead of having two cups of ice-cream, have one cup of frozen fruits mixed with one cup of ice-cream to make it just as satisfying and a lot healthier.
  • Add veggies to pasta and rice dishes.

Other things to keep in mind during National Nutrition Month are:

More whole grains!

  • Try replacing your white rice with brown rice or even black, purple, red rice.
  • Try whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
  • Choose cereals with a whole wheat stamp on it, and a lot of them are tasty.

Switch to fat-free or low-fat dairy products

  • Fat-free milk and yogurt is more desirable than whole milk versions.
  • Low-fat version of frozen desserts could be as enjoyable as ice cream.

Be physically active your own way

By: Xuan Qin

Editor: Kate Sweeney

March 14th, 2012

Get Fit with Gift Cards, Hit the Slopes, Nutrition Talk Radio, and More!

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy publishes an online newspaper, which includes lots of great information including research topics, nutrition basics, fitness tips, and restaurant reviews.

Check out their latest issue here!!

January 11th, 2012

Girls Night TONIGHT!!!



9:15 – 10:30 pm

FREE Gym Bag with Snacks for First 100 Girls

Great Prizes: Ipod Shuffle, Yoga Mat, Headphones, Nutrition Consult with RD, Dave’s Fresh Pasta Gift Card, True Bistro Gift Card, Aerie Products

December 1st, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

BYL wishes all students at wonderful Thanksgiving!!

When you get back from Thanksgiving weekend, please remember that we will be hosting Girls Night Out at the Gym on December 1st from 9:30-10:30pm.

The gym will be closed for women only for the hour and there will be trainers, yoga instructors, and lots of fun activities to take part in.

The first 100 women get a gym bag with goodies in it, like Luna Bars!!!

There will also be raffle prizes, such as an ipod shuffle, gift certificates to local eateries (i.e. Daves Fresh Pasta),  and workout equipment.

November 22nd, 2011

Seated Row

The seated row is a machine you find in most gyms. It is a complement to the lateral pull-down, an exercise we showed you earlier this semester. It complements the lat pull-down because it works a similar primary muscle- the latissiumus dorsi – but using a different range of motion. The row also primarily works the biceps and rhomboids, while these muscles act as secondary muscles in the lat pull-down.

Walk into many gyms, and you’re apt to see someone doing the seated row wrong. A typical mistake is adding too much weight to the machine and pulling back with a force that does not allow for the back to stay straight. Marten, seen in this video below, will show you how to properly do the seated row. You can also read step-by-step directions at the ACE (American Council on Exercise) website, here.

Seated Row

Marten Vandervelde and Kate Sweeney

November 9th, 2011

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