HOLLYWOOD, CA — There are so many ways we can exercise our bodies. While both hiking and going to the gym are great ways to keep in shape, lose weight or build muscle, why is that some people choose one over the other?
The gym provides weights which, is better for burning abdominal fat when compared to cardio. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that while a cardio workout can burn both fat and muscle, lifting weights can do two things: burn calories from fat and build your metabolism which, helps you burn calories even when you are not working out.
Those who choose the gym say it is more convenient because the weather is never an issue. Aside from the gym being open even when it is dark outside, the gym also provides more options.
“There’s so much you can do.” said L-A Fitness Trainer, Jay Padilla. “There’s a variety of equipment, we have cables, we have dumbbells, we have bars. You can even use your body weight and it’s still a good way you can turn it into a cardio.”
Research published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that, time outdoors actually increases attentions spans and creative-problem skills through the disconnect of technology. Many who decide to hike is because they enjoy being surrounded by nature.
“You get more of the views here.” said Runyon Canyon Hiker, Jenn Laub. “You get to check out other people and their cool gym gear, get ideas. You can see pets, you tend to push yourself more when you’re able to see things outside of just the gym, when you’re just looking at the clock like when am I done?”
Hiking enables you to control your own workout, it can be a slow incline or you can choose to run uphill. In addition, hiking may also heal illnesses. A study published by the International Journal of Sports Medicine, found that long distance hiking trips can enhance the antioxidative capacity which, fights off diseases in the blood of oncological patients.
Physical activity in general enhances a person's mood. Exercise helps normalize sleep which causes positive effects to the brain. In the end, it all depends on what kind of workout you want to achieve.
“What it would seem to me is that people who are going hiking are doing more of a solitary activity.” said CSUN Kinesiology professor, Sean Flanagan. “People who are going to the gym, are more involved in a group type of activity.”
So whether you choose to go to the gym and lift some weights or go hiking for the views, both are a good body workout.
By, Sharon Carrillo
Contributions from Healthfitnessrevolution.com, Mensfitness.com, Huffingtonpost.com
Photos, Sharon Carrillo and Odyssey
Video, Healthcare Triage
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NORTHRIDGE, CA -- The Educational Opportunity Program is celebrating its 47th year. EOP helps support low-income, first-generation college students. The program reflects the diversity found on the CSUN campus. In commemoration of the annual event, the program provides history booths and music to keep the festivities alive.
Students attend the celebration for numerous reasons. Some come for the food, others for the games, but most come to enjoy the company of one another.
“Not only do we come together to celebrate our educational achievements,” said Lesley Barajas, an EOP student at CSUN, “But we get together to also celebrate the program's achievements as a whole.”
The festivities include teaching the program’s history in a fun interactive way. The guests are able to play games where they are given tickets in exchange for free fruit cups or popcorn.
EOP has not always been welcomed by everyone. While some institutions believe EOP provides students with the right resources to succeed in college through mentorship and by implementing financial assistance and academic programs, there are some people who feel the program is not needed.
“Even today, in 2016 there is not an even playing field in the K-12 system,” said Shiva Parsa, CSUN EOP Interim Director. “There are high schools that don’t have as many resources.”
There are some people who do not know what EOP is. That is why the events are open to all students who want to learn more about the program. Some students on campus say EOP is not promoted enough for the entire campus to be informed of what the cause is.
In 2004, the EOP program was threatened by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California. He had targeted EOP in eliminating it, along with other outreach programs in hopes of attempting to balance the state’s budget. Schwarzenegger’s budget also authorized a $729 million reduction from higher education and a $165 million diminished from educational child-care programs. Not only did the former governor’s plan cut educational programs, but also he wanted to raise tuition and fees for California university students. Undergraduate student fees were to increase by ten percent and 40 percent for graduate students.
The views on outreach programs will differ depending on each person. Although some think EOP is not necessary, others believe it has been life changing.
“I think it’s fair but at the same I don’t,” said Cynthia Marin. “Because the students who did try hard and who did struggle to get here and are here, shouldn’t be in the shadows because of people who didn’t try.”
What made this year’s CSUN EOP celebration different than previous years was the honoring of the passing of director, José Luis Vargas. He died earlier this year but was recognized as one of the most respected CSU EOP directors.
By, Sharon Carrillo
Contributions from The University of California Admissions, Cal State Fullerton, The World Socialist Web Site.
Photo, Luis Garcia
Video, CSUN EOP
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Huge victories for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Super Tuesday, and the Supreme Court hears arguments on Texas abortion laws in its first major controversial case since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month.
Matador News Reporter Sharon Carrillo talks to Political Science Professor Nicholas Dungey about the challenges facing the Republican Party, and reporter Sanestina Hunter talks to Sustainability Facility and Program Manager Austin Eriksson about better transportation options for CSUN students.
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