Pi Day or Pie Day?

Believe it or not, the mathematics constant known as pi (3.141592653…) has it’s own day. On March 14th (3/14) every year, math nerds like myself come out of our studies to celebrate one of the greatest days on the planet.

On this day, pi and pie are both involved as pie is the designated food. It makes sense since they are the same pronunciation. In my 6th grade math class, pi day was the most serious day of the year. You were looked down upon if you didn’t show up to school with at least one pie.

However, splurging on pie can take you away from healthy eating habits. Each slice of pie, depending on the flavor, normally ranges from between 200 and 400 calories.

If this worries you, some exercises to burn off the calories you put on are:

  • running
  • torso twists
  • v-ups (sit-ups that make the shape of a v)
  • crunches
  • leg lifts
  • straddle reaches
  • side and front planks

The Gym & Memberships: Dun Dun Dun

After recently getting my driver’s license, I took a drive to the local YMCA. My intention was to workout and use some machines that I don’t have access to at home. I accomplished my intention while becoming interested in why and what people use the gym over home fitness.

Normally I see many young people or people around my age at the YMCA, but according to Credit Donkey, the average age of people that go to the gym is 40 years old. That being said, much of this high average age is due to group workout classes at the gym such as Zumba, yoga, barre, kickboxing, etc. Many adults tend to engage in these and 2 out of 5 health club members are involved in a group workout class.

The number of health club members around the United States is continuing to rise and currently stands at just over 50 million. You would think the reason for choosing a gym membership would be the quality of equipment or access to personal trainers, but the top reason is the proximity to wherever one lives. I mean a home gym is even closer, but the equipment for that can begin to break the bank.

Sometimes a membership can break the bank too. People that paid per visit (~$10) are generally able to save more money that those with a membership. If you’re paying for a $70/month membership, but only go to the gym four times that month, you’re paying an extra $30 than you could’ve paid if you paid per visit. However, many gyms won’t let you pay per visit or use the gym unless you have a membership or are accompanying a guest.

If you are considering getting a gym membership, don’t start at the beginning of the year. New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or to use the gym more flush people’s minds causing the gym to become very crowded during January and February. Consider holding your membership off until the end of February or even March because 14% of the resolution seekers stop attending the gym by the end of February. By waiting, you’ll be able to find that open spot on the treadmill with no line!

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Experts say the average human should get between 30 and 60 minutes of physical activity each day. As a teenager, it can be difficult to juggle school, a social life, sports and coordinating rides to the local gym (since I am unable to drive myself). Thus, getting 60 minutes of physical activity can seem like a challenge.

However, exercises that can be done at the gym can also be done at home with little equipment. There is no need for huge ellipticals and treadmills in your own home. The days I go to the gym are the days I take advantage of those machines.

Many people mistake cardio for being the only type of physical fitness. Yes, intense physical activity such as cardio is important yet there are many other types of physical activity to keep someone fit. This is especially important for someone like me who doesn’t like to run.

My goal is to give others insight into exercises that can be done at home that may not require as much energy, but still work to increase fitness.

I became interested in home fitness when my parents turned my basement into a dance studio for me to practice in a couple years ago. When the dance season ended each year, I wasn’t getting nearly the exercise I should’ve been getting so I decided to use the dance space as an exercise area as well.

When I’m not exercising or performing on dance team, I enjoy writing poetry, playing the piano and doing art in my free time. I also love mathematics and hope to study applied mathematics or economical mathematics in college.cropped-kate1.jpg