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Personal trainers are not your nutritionists

State Hornet

October 1, 2014

When committing to maintaining or losing weight, we often find ourselves asking for nutritional advice. Personal trainers and fitness instructors sometimes are the first people we turn to when looking for dietary guidance.Trainers and instructors are experts in helping us build muscle and maintain an a...

It’s time to stop being a blob and get up, get out and get healthy

State Hornet Staff

April 15, 2014

Every week, a workout regimen is taped to my calendar and every week it goes undone. Healthy living is desired by everyone, but seems hard to obtain with such a busy lifestyle. We are all stuck in the normal routine of life and even if it is chaotic and constantly changing, it is still relatively predic...

Being healthy outweighs the number on the scale

Being healthy outweighs the number on the scale

Kaitlin Sansenbach

October 15, 2013

Weight obsession can be harmful for someone’s mind and body. Media portals give people images of what a person should look like. If someone  does not see that they fit the mold that is portrayed, some will do whatever it takes in order to achieve a type of “perfection” they desire.The idea of...

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.

Transfer guard McKinney joins the Hornets with pride

Joseph Davis

November 28, 2012

If Ohlone College transfer and current Sacramento State shooting guard Mikh McKinney were a superhero, he would have to be named The Flash for the way he blows past defenders before they have time to react. Averaging more than 15 points per game, relying primarily on his quickness, McKinney has become ...

Men’s basketball looks to improve this season

Men’s basketball looks to improve this season

State Hornet Staff

October 30, 2012

Experience is an attribute the Sacramento State men’s basketball team can hang its hat on as the 2012 season prepares to tip off. More than half of last season’s roster will make up this year’s squad. The Hornets are bringing back eight players, including their five starters and leading scorers f...

Water polo program absent as school neglects current pool

State Hornet Staff

September 18, 2012

When Sacramento State students think of the aquatics program, they often picture the rowing team floating down the American river in perfect unison or the fun summer days spent at the university’s aquatic center at Lake Natomas; popular water sports such as swimming, diving and water polo are widely ...