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SEE for Yourself on Monday

The warm weather is here (at least for today) and we all feel a little more inclined to spring into shape when it’s nice outside. There are so many ways that we can benefit from physical activity and have fun, so why not? Whether it’s playing Frisbee on the beach or taking a walk around the Inner Harbor, Spring presents endless opportunities to have fun while exercising. Along with the nice weather, comes students wanting to sit outside with an alcoholic beverage. It’s important to know that alcohol depletes the values that you receive while exercising. Alcohol is a toxin, and can host a series of physical abnormalities to occur. Exercise and staying active is beneficial, so don’t let the temptation of alcohol keep you from being active. Spring into shape for Summer!

Thinking about quitting? Begin an exercise program. Exercise is simply incompatible with smoking. Exercise relieves stress and helps your body recover from years of damage from cigarettes. If necessary, start slow, with a short walk once or twice per day. Build up to 30 to 40 minutes of rigorous activity, 3 or 4 times per week.

Mellow Out Monday Tip: 
Feeling stressed? Get a little help from your friends. It may be hard to ask for help, and unless your friends are psychic, they may not know how stressed out you are. Most college students are going through the same things at the same time, so don't feel silly if you need to just vent for a few minutes over coffee. It may help to process out what you need to do, and help you put things into better perspective. Of course getting a free back rub from Stressbusters is another great way to melt your stress away. FREE five-minute seated back rubs are available every Monday night at the MSE library, Q-level from 8-10 pm.