by Anna Cook
Eating healthy for Marian girls can be quite a struggle. With all of the bake sales, ice cream, cookies, brownies and scotcharoos available each week, the Freshman 15 is sometimes a reality for Marian students.
Thankfully, Marian also offers many ways to combat unhealthy eating habits. Although the vending machines are notorious for offering junk food galore, there are exclusively healthy snacks offered in one of the vending machines in the cafeteria. Lunch wise, there is salad offered daily, along with a variety of fresh fruit options.
Even though healthy options are offered at lunch, many students bring cold lunch with their own favorite foods that are healthy.
“I like to bring a healthy lunch because I think it’s important to have a clean body,” sophomore Nora Fitzsimmons said.
Maintaining a healthy diet is important, but another aspect of living a balanced and nutritional life is fitness. Many students might think that being fit can only come from playing a sport, but Marian offers several other opportunities for those less athletic.
For instance, the weight training class offered is a very efficient way to stay in shape. It gives busy Marian girls a chance to work out in school, instead of trying to find time outside of class to work out. “I like going into the weight room and using the machines because I’ve never used them before! And the workout videos we do on block days are pretty fun,” sophomore Mo Flanery said.
Another great option would be to join the Yoga Club at Marian. Not only does it give people peace of mind, it also improves balance. For those who like a more creative outlet to stay fit, Jazzercise and Zumba offer unique and fun ways to stay active.
Marian gives students the opportunity to work out through a class, but also outside of class in the weight room. Mr. Ed Dudley, the strength trainer and fitness center manager, welcomes any student to come and work out as long as he is there and the student schedules a day to work out ahead of time.
“I am in here from 3 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during the school year. I’m usually here on Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the summer, I’m here from 3 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday and a few morning hours on Saturday and Sunday,” Dudley said.
He works mainly with athletes, but encourages other girls to schedule a time to work out with him if they want.
There are many components to staying healthy, but according to Ed: “The main component to being fit and healthy is what you EAT, not how you train. You can’t out-exercise your mouth.”
Whether it be eating yogurt and salad each day for lunch or scheduling time withEd to work out, Marian encourages girls to eat healthy, stay active and enjoy doing it!