Campus resources help students stick to resolutions

With every new year there is always a load of people who decide that the upcoming year is the year that there will be a change in their life.
Like always, in January, resolutions are in full swing. The beginning is always when New Years’ Resolutions are going strong.
But most people give up on their resolutions a quarter of the way through the year.
This is caused by many reasons: there is not enough time, no motivation to continue it, or you just don’t know of any resources to help you accomplish your goals.
Here at UMHB, there are many solutions, and the best part is that they might not cost a thing. Here are some ways to take advantage of a few of the many campus resources.

Explore healthy campus dining options
If you have a meal plan, you can get some great healthy options at the Residential Dining Hall in the Bawcom Student Union Building. They offer healthy wraps instead of bread, a salad bar, and often serve brown rice or couscous with lean meats.
You could also stop by the Mabee Market or Starbucks for a healthy meal instead of buying another large order of fries at Chick Fil A.

Take advantage of Mayborn Campus Center
If you are hoping to run a half marathon or lose some weight, then, look no further then the Mayborn Campus Center.
And with hours ranging from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays, there’s no excuse for missing that daily workout.
The fitness center includes elliptical machines, treadmills, spin bikes, pin select machines and plenty of free weights.
And if you need the motivation of a fitness class, Campus Recreation offers group fitness classes at no extra cost to students.
There’s everything from spinning to yoga to Zumba and many more. These classes are offered at multiple times on multiple days.
Dr. Mickey Kerr, a professor in the Exercise and Sport Science department, said in order to keep up with fitness goals, students need to pick something they enjoy doing.
“Pick something doesn’t feel like it’s drudgery,” he said. “Make it an activity you look forward to because your success depends on your mindset.”

Take advantage of academic centers
While some might be focusing on their health in the New Year, others might be making academic goals.
“If this is what you would like to accomplish this year, then you should stop by the Center of Academic Excellence, CAE, or the Writing Center,” said Emily Borza, assistant director of University Writing and the Writing Center said. “Both are located in the Mabee Student Success Center on the second floor.”
The CAE can help students achieve their academic performance goals, and can even help with study skills.
So, take advantage of the resources available to you on campus, and you could be on your way to making your New Year’s resolutions stick.
It doesn’t matter if it is a fellow student, staff or faculty member; many are willing to help you achieve your goals.

Author: Adam Ramirez

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