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Staying Healthy

Carleton can be cold in the winters, but Alvin emphasizes the importance of staying active and healthy during the chilly season.

Carleton can be cold in the winters, but Alvin emphasizes the importance of staying active and healthy during the chilly season.

We’re just past the halfway point for winter, and it’s still very cold outside. I’ve heard many people say how they can’t wait for spring, so they can go back outside and start exercising again. Although temperatures in the spring are much more ideal for exercise, there are still countless things you can be doing this winter to stay healthy. I’d like to briefly mention some of the most vital aspects of staying healthy this winter, as being in shape influences many things, from feeling good mentally and physically to relieving stress and performing in the classroom.


Try to do something each day: this may sound difficult, but allocating even just a little amount of time (15-20 minutes) daily can do you a world of good.

a) Activities Inside

  • Rec Center: the Rec offers an extremely large range of activities, from working out in the gym to playing soccer, basketball, or tennis (among many others!) upstairs, and from playing on the racquetball courts to rock climbing.
  • Cowling: the basketball and tennis courts at Cowling can be reserved for activities; additionally, the pool is open to students for the majority of the day.

  • IM Sports: there are a quite a few IM sports that you can participate in, such a soccer, basketball, and squash, to name a few.

  • Take the stairs!: it might sound a little pointless, but avoiding the elevator and only taking the stairs still counts as exercise.

b) Activities Outside

  • Ice Rinks: there are several fun activities at the ice rinks, such as hockey, broomball, and ice skating.

  • Arboretum: the Arb is beautiful around this time of year, and there is certainly a lot to see and do there, from simply taking a walk or going on a run to going cross-country skiing.


Diet: how you eat is crucial in dictating your health.

a) Eat breakfast: breakfast is an extremely important meal, as it sets you up for your day and provides you with the energy needed to be productive.

b) Hydrate: drinking water at regular intervals throughout the day is vital.

c) Get your vitamins!: it is essential to eat a balanced diet. It’s not fun being sick (especially in the winter), so make sure you eat healthily. The following are a couple examples of foods rich in certain vitamins.

  • Vitamin A: spinach, carrots

  • Vitamin B6: chickpeas, turkey

  • Vitamin B12: salmon, eggs

  • Vitamin C: bell peppers, broccoli, oranges

  • Vitamin D: tuna, milk

  • Vitamin E: almonds, peanuts, avocado 

Alvin is a west coast kid at heart (coming from San Jose, California), but is excited to start many adventures here in Minnesota. He plays for the soccer team here at Carleton and loves exercise. If he’s not on the soccer field, in the gym, or out on a bike ride during his free time, he can be found in one of the lounges playing Exploding Kittens, or in the music building playing piano. He is a potential economics major with an interest in computer science and mathematics.