25, 2001, Gazette)
View columnist Mary MacGillivray checks out the Aquarena Fitness
holiday season has passed. Lots of turkey has been gobbled up,
and here we are in the merry month of January. For many, after
indulging in various holiday goodies, this is a time to forget
those dancing sugarplums of December. With great determination,
many wise folk are seeking to live healthier than they had the
year before. Certainly this is a fine way to beat the winter
blahs that may arise at this time of year. In order to follow
through on such resolutions, its important to make smart
choices in various lifestyle areas.
It can be difficult at times to distinguish between feelings
of hunger and those of dehydration. Drinking plenty of water
every day is a great way to fend off dehydration, the cause of
many problems, including reduced energy levels.
Another important area is choosing healthy foods to eat. Here
at Memorial there are a number of choices for students, faculty,
and staff alike. Some food choices on campus would say red
alert, step away from the counter, if they could talk,
such as desserts that call out sweetly come hither.
Thankfully for those of us who exercise or eat meals on campus
at Memorial, there are some healthy choices to be had.
Some of the meals available on campus are full of empty calories,
virtually a zero in terms of nutritive value, and an alluring
10 in terms of taste and price. Other options are quite satisfactory
in what they have to offer in terms of fuel. On campus, there
is a selection of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products,
and protein powered foods. The extras that are available
which are saturated in sugar, salt, and fat need not be the only
choice for those who wish to eat better than they had in the
previous year. Its not difficult to acquire the fat content
and caloric values of foods offered at the new University Centre,
generally the staff are quite willing to help one find food that
is most heartsmart or healthy for them. Of course its nice
to know there are tasty goodies available for a special treat.
As they say, all things in moderation including moderation.
After indulging in a treat, there are facilities available on
campus where one can exercise and shake off any of winter blahs.
The Aquarena has made many improvements since Memorial assumed
control of it about five years ago. The strength and conditioning
centre has doubled in size, and there is a wide variety of equipment
available to students, staff and faculty of Memorial at reduced
Many of the staff members are currently attending Memorial or
are alumni. Gail Innes, fitness manager at the Aquarena, has
hired students from the school of Physical Education at Memorial
for their expertise in this area. People are encouraged to call
the Aquarena and arrange for a free appointment. An orientation
session on the safe use of equipment is provided and a personal
workout program may be suggested.
On hand is a well-trained staff, including Jerome Brennan, a
personal trainer who is available to help encourage maximum results.
Theres a 65-metre pool to dart or bob around in and two
international-sized squash courts, as opposed to the smaller
sized North American courts in the Physical Education building.
You dont have to be a world-class athlete to get moving
and feel great. Low, medium and high impact exercises are available
to suit your needs. Finding a way to incorporate stress-relieving
activity into your week is an excellent step towards better health.
Consulting a nutritionist as to what food plan is best for you
may be one of the most important investments youll make
all year. Fuelling up properly before and after exercising provides
better results. So start at your own pace, the good effects of
exercise on the body, mind, and spirit are undisputable.
Best of luck!
To arrange for a free orientation call the Aquarena at 737-3795