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4.09.2010

SEE for Yourself on Monday!

4.09.2010
SEE Tip: This week go bananas! Bananas gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet. Bananas even elevate our mood because it contains tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. Click here for more information.

Pick up a free banana and more SEE tips today at the Breezeway SEE Table from 11-1 pm.

Minimize Monday
: One air conditioner can account for up to 16% of the total electricity used in a home. During summer months, that number can jump to 60-70% of the total electricity. As the weather heats up, resist the urge to crank the AC all the way down. While giving up AC is not a viable option for many, consider setting the AC to a higher temperature. You will save money and minimize your environmental impact. For more information, click here.

Stressbuster Sound-off: They tell you to sleep enough, eat right, and work out. And you wonder- how to do all that while also maintaining a "healthy" GPA? At least, I wonder that. Especially the exercise thing. Seriously- for me, "exercise" means getting stuff for the gym, going to the gym, working out, coming back, taking a shower, and then being distracted for another 15 minutes before being able to work again. Takes two hours. Sounds great, right? Except the night before an exam, you don't have two hours. And you want to exercise, because you want to anything but study. So take half an hour instead. And don't go to the gym. Just leave your stuff in the library, take only your Jcard- no books, no phone, nothing- and walk. Don't even bring music. Listen to the birds, the wind in the trees, the murmur of a busy city. Walk wherever you want. Walk all over campus. Take time to look, really look, at all the beautiful sights on campus you pass by every day. Meditate by the fountains behind Mason, watch the fish swim around in the President's pond, chill in the gazebo by Bloomberg (and look at all the strange adorable animal statues there), stand at the top of the Mattin Center and watch the Charles Street traffic. Or if you're restless, run, powerwalk, or bring a hackeysack to the library and take it out with you. A lot of people don't consider walking to be exercise. But easy, stress-free exercise is good for you too. Garvi Sheth

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