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Some students have an unhealthy obsession with working out

Some students have an unhealthy obsession with working out

Cambrie Sevaaetasi

November 4, 2015

Hundreds of students on campus are in gym clothes, having just worked out or on their way to work out. Spandex plagues the seats of classrooms and herds of gym shoes squeak across the halls. Today it seems just about everyone is in a fitness frenzy. The doors to Sacramento State's fitness center,...

Students turn to The Well to relieve stress

Ashley Hurtado

February 25, 2014

As the semester progresses and course work becomes increasingly demanding, students are utilizing the Well to relieve stress that has built up the first couple weeks of school.Business administration major Ashley Pries said exercise helps her concentrate better, relieve stress and gain confidence. Before finding...

Sac State 5k Fun Run kicks off today at the Well at 6 p.m.

A'talah Foster

April 18, 2013

As the season starts to change and weather becomes warmer, more people in the Sacramento community are taking their exercise outdoors.While many enjoy working out in the gym, the on campus recreational center, The Well, is getting ready for its annual 5K Fun Run where any student, faculty, staff or ...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?

James Heck

December 5, 2012

Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at jmh479@saclink.csus.edu.

Golf teams bundle up for winter break

James Heck

December 5, 2012

After concluding the fall portion of their season, the Sacramento State men’s and women’s golf teams head into winter break reenergizing and preparing for the remaining meets in the spring. Even though the men’s and women’s teams do not compete again till February, both still hold practices ev...

The Well holds biggest intramural event at Hornet Stadium

The Well holds biggest intramural event at Hornet Stadium

Clifton Jones

October 18, 2012

The Well is putting on its annual Intramural Football Championship and for the first time it will be played at Hornet Stadium. In order to get to the championships, eight teams have been battling it out since Monday to narrow it down to two final teams after today’s round, who will then play in the ...

Train for the apocalypse

Train for the apocalypse

William Miles

October 16, 2012

If we can take anything away from the recent trend of zombies in the media, it’s that the zombie apocalypse is near and one of the best ways to survive is being able to run. Fast. Endurance running and sprints are two ways to work on your cardio, and doing a mix of the two can help you prepare agains...

Martial arts are the best form of fitness

Miles Tsue

March 28, 2012

Martial arts is the best form of exercise. Martial arts trains almost every part of the human body. It trains the big muscles like the thighs and shoulders, and the fine muscles like the smaller wrist and forearm muscles. They are worked almost at the same time in some martial styles. As a result, muscl...

The Vegan Challenge: Week 1

The Vegan Challenge: Week 1

Courtesy of Janice Daniels and Courtney Owen

March 16, 2012

Dante's first week of veganism was entertaining to watch. This is not only because at one point he was hurdled in a corner with two avocados and a spoon during lunchtime, or even his nonstop text messages with questions including "Where can I get vegan fast food?" What was most amusing was the slight suffer...

The Vegan Challenge: Introducing Dante Geoffrey

The Vegan Challenge: Introducing Dante Geoffrey

Janice Daniels and Dante Geoffrey

March 8, 2012

Starting today, senior journalism major - and carnivore - Dante Geoffrey will begin a month-long journey of being vegan. In other words, he will be banned from eating anything that contains animal products including all meats, eggs and dairy. As I am vegan, and feel dramatically different since becoming ...

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