Getting into shape attainable at PAC

By Crystal C. Valentin
Pulse Staff Reporter 

Miguel Frausto and James Sanchez play ping-pong in the Fitness Center. Photo by Crystal C. Valentin
Miguel Frausto and James Sanchez play ping-pong in the Fitness Center. Photo by Crystal C. Valentin

At Palo Alto College, starting a healthy lifestyle is made easy for all students, faculty and staff all year-round in a variety of ways.

Intramural leagues, tournaments and open games, as well as a fitness center, an aquatic center, a gymnasium, tennis courts and walking trails are made available to help start and maintain your healthy lifestyle.

“Diet first, smaller portions and eat less fast foods,” said Jewel Jimenez, a sophomore Speech Pathology student. “No soda, no bread, then slowly do cardio to lean everything out. Kickboxing and yoga is a is a fun way to burn fat.”

Jimenez works out six times a week and claims the best benefits from exercising are a rocking body, better breathing, determination and better focus.

“Sleep is extremely important as a college student,” said Jimenez. “Seven hours is acceptable. Lack of sleep can lead to overeating and feeling fatigued.”

Miguel Frausto, sophomore Kinesiology student and gym staff, said, “The best benefit is the long-term health into your 50s and 60s.”

Frausto works in the Fitness Center and is a referee. He also participates in all four intramural leagues: football, soccer, basketball and volleyball.

“When you start, you need to be open-minded,” said Frausto.

“Starting a healthy lifestyle depends on what your goals are: thin out or gain mass,” said Frausto. “A healthy lifestyle helps you run longer, stay active and not be dragging and tired.”

The Fitness Center has three rules: first, always bring your school ID; second, no bags allowed in the Gym or Fitness Center, but you can have bags in the Aquatic Center; and third, always wear gym attire.

In the Aquatic Center, Juan Chavez, a freshman Psychology student, teaches swimming classes.

“When getting started, always stretch, no matter what activity you do,” said Chavez. “The benefit of swimming is that it’s really easy on the bones and joints and things like that, so it’s really easy for people to get started in swimming.”

The water is naturally resistant to movement, so you’re working all your muscles harder to make it through the water without harming the joints.

“The best benefit for working out is more energy,” said Chavez. “You work out for even just a little bit of time, and you start to feel like you got more time to do things because you’re not as tired as often because you’re not as bogged down as you would be normally.”

It was the first day back in the gym for Melissa Moya, library staff assistant, after she noticed online that the Aquatic Center is available for lap swim from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“People have been saying they want to work out. They want to do this or that,” said Moya. “I can’t wait for other people or depend on other people ‘cause I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing it for me.”

For more information on the Gym, visit the Fitness Center and Aquatic Center’s webpage.