Many individuals often claim that exercise and good eating habits have made them happier, healthier, more positive people.  Several studies have even concluded that after exercise, one’s body and mind feel noticeably better, and this also can lead to a reduction of stress.  While it is sometimes difficult to go to the gym when our schedules are so busy—especially after a long, hard day at work or school (or both)—doing so can make a huge difference is our health and wellness, and can also help us cope with the challenges of our lives much more effectively.

As a senior in the College Credit Plus program, this spring will be my last track season.  I have been running since seventh grade; I compete in the 800-meter relay, the 1600-meter relay, the 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter dash.  My running journey began when I was in elementary school.  Each year the school hosted an event where each of the fastest students were selected to race around the playgrounds and soccer fields.  I happened to be one of the faster kids in my grade, as I finished third place two years in a row.

In middle school, my obsession with sprinting began at our first meet of the year.  As a seventh-grader, not much was expected from me.  Nonetheless, our relay team won the gold, and it was a more of the same in the later meets.  In high school, I have not been as successful because of the steeper competition and the year-long training that is required to succeed.  I have won several races, but it was not the success that I had in middle school.

Of course, we all know that there are several different ways to exercise, including, running, weight training, swimming, biking, hiking, and so many more.  While all these methods have clear differences, they can all be effective methods of exercise if one practices consistency and safety.  This particular column will be devoted to writing about unique methods of exercise, as well as shedding some light on various diet and other health trends.  So, just think for a minute: Do you have any stories that you’d like to share about anything related to exercise, diet, or general health?  Have you had a wild and crazy gym experience?  Have you had your own ups and downs with dieting and exercise?  Do you have a success story—or a cautionary tale—you’d like to share with our readers?  Let me know, and we’d be happy to feature your experience in one of these columns.  Contact me directly at  I want to hear from staff, faculty, and students alike.  We’ve all got a great story to share, so please share yours today!

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