Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
By Rebekkah Parsons, Staff Writer
As we ring in the New Year, many people make a resolution to hit the gym.
According to a study by the University of Scranton, losing weight and staying fit are both in the top 10 resolutions.
In order to help with such resolutions, Cedar Crest has a new program that started on Jan. 26. The challenge, part of the Commit to Fit, will run until March 6 and offer participants a fun way to get fit for the new year.
In addition to helping those resolution makers, the Commit To Fit series also helps combat the rise in obesity.
Most students have heard about the “Freshman 15,” an increase in weight gain during college.
This increase could be caused by unhealthy eating habits, sleeping habits and lack of exercise.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, roughly 5.2 million college students are obese. While three in 10 college students are overweight or obese. Six in 10 students admit to not getting 30 minutes of vigorous exercise at least three times a week and nine in 10 students admit that they don’t get enough servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
According to the flyer for the program, “You’ll have 6 weeks to workout to earn mileage, so you can make your way down the coast to celebrated Spring Break spots: Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Daytona Beach” based on the miles that you go. Mileage will be earned based on what type of workout that you will do. Miles can be earned by walking, running, rowing, swimming, lifting, hitting the fitness center, and attending fitness classes.
Sarah Wolcott, Assistant Director of Athletics for Wellness and Head Women’s Soccer Coach, started the Commit To Fit series to show people that being fit could be fun. That’s the type of environment that she hopes to create at Cedar Crest. “It’s all about finding your individual niche—what you like and what works for you,” Wolcott said about the program.
The Commit to Fit series offers participants incentives to workout by offering prizes and an opportunity to try new exercises. It gives participants an opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones and normal routines in order to try new exercises. Wolcott said that “Commit to Fit is, really, our overall Wellness programming. When people participate in our events we want them to know they are committing to fitness.”
Senior Global Studies major, Olga Cauble participates in some of the Commit to Fit events, but will not be participating in 6 Weeks to Spring Break due to swim season. Cauble said, “The Commit to Fit series is a great way to have fun while working out. It is a great program to participate in to keep me active after the season.”