HHS 231 – Lifetime Fitness for Health

HHS 231 – Lifetime Fitness for Health


Hi my name is Lindsay Winkenbach, I’m a
pre-med biochem/biophysics major and I took HHS 231 in the winter. While I was in high
school, I was so busy I never felt like I had the time to eat well or work out, and
I also didn’t know how. Growing up, nobody in my house made exceptionally healthy choices,
so I didn’t have anyone to turn to for guidance. When I came to college I knew that I wanted
to change my habits, and HHS 231 gave me the resources I needed to change what I wanted
to see in myself. Hi my name is Brady McBride and I took HHS
231 in the Fall of 2012 as an incoming freshman. My most significant behavioral change I’ve
learned throughout this course concerns my daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Before HHS 231, I was well aware of the importance
of produce in an adult’s diet, but I was oblivious to the limited amounts of fruits
and vegetables that made up my own diet. I used to consume vegetables very scarcely,
perhaps once or twice a week with dinner while I was living with my parents and later in
the dorms. Hi my name is Amy Eisenstein and I am a junior
majoring in Public Health, Health Promotion Health Behavior. I have overcome many issues
in my life, one of them being cigarette smoking. However, before taking HHS 231, I still had
not gotten over my body image and food issues. I felt as though I would always measure myself
against impossible standards. And before HHS 231, I had been trying every diet I could
get my hands on and not only did I not lose much weight, I felt bad about myself to the
point that it was interfering with my relationship with my fiancé. I attempted to eat well and
I’ve always worked out, but I feel I was doing it for the wrong reasons. HHS 231 helped me learn about and change three
important areas: eating healthier, exercising more and managing my stress. The healthy eating aspect of this course wasn’t
too difficult for me to get my head around and start changing my habits for the better.
The hardest part was choosing how to be active – but I learned that focusing on one behavior
at a time is the best approach to making lifestyle changes. I started with getting a fit pass
and tried out the body bump class, Zumba and free bootcamp class at McAlexander Fieldhouse.
Each of these classes were so much fun and really helped me get into a fitness routine.
Since then, I have continued taking those classes and started exercising more on my
own. I learned that all exercise, no matter how little, is very beneficial. Regarding stress, the exposure to so many
different stress-reducing techniques immediately took a load off my shoulders. Just knowing
I had all of those resources to consider was calming, and the actual techniques were helpful,
too. The most significant thing I took away from
HHS 231 was the ability to observe, record and alter my own eating habits. I was aware
that I wasn’t eating as much produce as I should be, but it was only after completing
a behavioral change analysis – where I logged everything I ate for a few days – that I realized
just how little fruits and vegetables I was eating, and that I needed a dietary change. The hardest part of changing this behavior
for me was finding and understanding a motivation for change. Personally, just knowing the nutritional
benefits of eating a well-balanced diet was not significant enough to inspire a change,
but saving money was. I found that if I spent a decent amount of money on fruits and vegetables
once a week I’d be more inclined to eat them and not let my money go to waste. During HHS 231, I heard several stories from
TAs about exercise and body image that got me thinking about health from a different
perspective. They also taught me about non-weight related benefits of exercise and healthy eating.
Over the term, my goal of being thin paled in comparison to all the benefits I would
gain from living in a healthy way. Since taking this class freshman year, I now
work out five to six days a week and eat as healthy as my cravings will allow. Because
I am a science major, I love to think about the science behind metabolic energy and the
different energy systems being engaged while I’m working out. My stress levels are under
control and overall I feel stronger as a person. I am currently living on my own, and because
of this, I am in full control of my diet and the amount of fruits and vegetables that I
eat, which has greatly increased since taking HHS 231. I now understand the steps of a behavior
change and know the next steps to maintain my new behavior, and I honestly do feel much
better now that I’m eating healthier. My motivation for being fit has shifted from
external and superficial toward internal, and I am really grateful for that. I still
struggle with body image, but I feel like I’m moving in the right direction now. I
am so grateful to all of the instructors and the fabulous TAs of HHS 231 for helping me
to shift my perspective on fitness and health.

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