Rachel Glaxner – Make the Most of College

As a recent Dietetics and Nutrition graduate from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana – and currently planning to undertake a master’s degree – Rachel Glaxner is grateful for being able to take her academic ambitions this far. She knows that many individuals wish to go further than high school but often cannot due to numerous reasons. For Rachel, the motivation is to make the most of her opportunity and ensure she achieves her ambitions.

Below, she shares what she thinks college students should do to ensure they make the most of their time.

Rachel Glaxner

Manage time wisely

Time is a limited resource and cannot be regained once it is wasted. College affords students a lot of freedom, and wise students are those that make good use of this freedom. For Rachel, keeping busy in volunteer work, track and field practice, and waitress responsibilities ensured that every minute of her college was well spent. Like her, college students should prioritize their tasks in order to spend time on the activities that return benefits.

Take up extracurricular activities

While academic studies should be given first priority, there will always be opportunities to engage in other beneficial extracurricular activities. Colleges often have numerous clubs, societies and associations that students can join to interact, share knowledge, and learn from.

Learn from mistakes

College life is also a time where students live adventurously (and sometimes on the edge). Of course, not every fun activity ends up being beneficial, and the worst thing is to ignore any lessons that life teaches you.

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Rachel Glaxner – Getting Started with Weight Training

For many individuals, starting on a weight training (or resistance) program can be confusing. Questions as to how many reps one should perform, the perfect exercise, and the correct weight to begin with always abound with beginners. Thus, knowing the basics comes in handy for developing a solid workout program.

A longtime personal fitness and nutrition coach, Rachel Glaxner has occasionally dealt with clients who wish to begin resistance training but lack knowledge on the basics. Usually, she shares the following information.

Rachel Glaxner

Weight loading

To build more lean muscle tissue, you need to load more weight than your body muscles are used to (with limits of course). The level at which to start with regards to weight depends on a few factors, including the individual’s prior experience in lifting weights and their goals. By increasing the amount of weight lifted, the muscles are able to respond in a positive way that enables them grow.

Rest

Resting is just as important as working out. Thus, individuals are often encouraged to incorporate rest days in their workouts to give the muscles a period to recover and grow.

Progression

In order to see positive change and avoid hitting performance plateaus, it is important to increase slowly the intensity of the exercise over time. This can be accomplished by increasing the weight lifted, the number of reps/sets performed, and/or changing the form of resistance training. Changes can be made as the individual adapts to the weights and exercises, or regularly in weekly/monthly intervals.

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