Bobcats begin healthier lifestyles for 2014

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Lisandro Villar, health and fitness sophomore, does bicep curls at the Student Recreation Center Jan. 13 as part of his New Year’s resolution to stay fit.

The dawning of a new year and semester brings with it a slew of students looking to reverse bad habits and kick-start lifestyle changes.

Chief among these “new year, new me” proclamations are resolutions to eat healthy and lose weight. According to Time Magazine, weight loss is the most common resolution and has the highest failure rate.  

Despite this statistic, Texas State offers several opportunities for students to become healthier in the new year and maintain a level of success throughout the semester. Exercise opportunities at the Student Recreation Center and healthy food choices available at dining halls give students a chance to achieve their resolutions.

“We have a lot of New Year’s resolutions people that come to the gym—they all want to work out and get fit,” said Adan Cardenas, rec supervisor.  “The first two weeks of January are always really packed.”

However, many newly-minted fitness enthusiasts tend to lose motivation a few weeks in. Cardenas recommends creating a strict schedule based around classes and work as opposed to hitting the gym in spare moments.

Setting reasonable goals and maintaining a schedule will help students achieve 2014 fitness and weight loss resolutions, Cardenas said. Some students never execute their plans of action, but some are dedicated to being part of the 8 percent nationwide who stick to their goals, according to Time Magazine.

“Since I was a kid, it has always been a priority of mine to work out and become a better athlete,” said Lisandro Villar, health and fitness management junior. “Every New Year, I try to better myself for the obstacles that are ahead of me in the sports I love which are soccer and baseball.”

Motivation consistently ranks as one of the most difficult aspects regarding working out and choosing healthy food options, according to the same article. Villar cites proving critics wrong as a motivator for pursuing his new year’s resolutions, but his main reason for staying on course is far more personal.

“Most importantly, my sister is my motivation due to her incapability as a handicap to work out,” Villar said.

Jean Louis Horvilleur, undeclared sophomore, has plans to become a New Year’s success story through self-reflection and personal care.

“I like to think of my body as a temple,” Horvilleur said. “I have to praise it and be good to it. I want to get back in shape and just overall better myself. I knew this New Year’s resolution would be a great start.”

Besides working out, eating well is another factor toward becoming healthy and fit for the new year.

From completing a body cleanse to simply ignoring the siren call of drive-throughs, many resolution holders can agree that taking steps toward goals is better than staying in a 2013 rut.

“Avocados, blueberries, chicken, egg whites, no starch, no wheat, tons of water and drinking lemon juice with a pinch of salt every morning helps lower my cholesterol levels and helps bring down my weight,” Horvilleur said.