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The Pendulum is Elon University's weekly student newspaper.

Staying in shape the fun way

By Ashley Fahey

It goes without saying that, for some people, going to the gym three times a week and running on a treadmill isn’t exactly the most fun way to stay in shape. But that shouldn’t be an excuse not to find something fitness-related to look forward to, not something to do begrudgingly simply because it’s routine. Read on to find out how working out can be turned into something fun and enjoyable. Continue reading


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Turkey Trot

by Nicole Esplin

The only thing better than the feeling of sitting down with your family to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal is knowing that you worked for this meal. And no matter how much you eat, you will have an accomplishment to think about at the end of the day (and no, I am not talking about finishing off all the turkey trimmings).  Sign up for a Turkey Trot so you can enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.

Whether you choose to run a 5k, 8k, or 10k Turkey Trot, you will burn at least 200 calories more than you would have without running, and you will be thankful for one more thing at the end of the day: You won’t have to worry about loosening that belt one more notch.

There are turkey trots all over the country on Thanksgiving day, and they can be found by searching “turkey trot” and your city’s name in Google.

If you can’t get out of the house on Thanksgiving morning, or if you just want to prepare yourself for your hometown trot, Elon’s annual Turkey Trot is Nov. 18. The run begins at 3:30 p.m., and on-site registration starts at 3 p.m.

Have friends at Duke?  Durham’s Turkey Trot is this Sunday.


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It’s Fall! Get outdoors and Run!

By Nicole Esplin

Leaves have changed the tree line from lush green to brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow and are beginning to fall in every direction.  I don’t know if it is the crunch beneath my feet with every stride or the smell of earth from the falling leaves, but there is something about fall that makes running during the fall truly majestic.

Maybe it’s those mornings where I can see my breath, feel the cool air entering and exiting my lungs, and really feel my body working to maintain the rhythm of breathing, striding, breathing, striding.

It’s an amazing time of year to go out for a run, and yes, runs around campus are perfect for time-crunched days where runs need to be as simple as possible.  But I challenge everyone to find one day this fall and leave Elon for a national or state park to go for a run or even a long hike and see how far away you can feel from school and stress for a few hours.

The following parks are within one hour of campus, and all offer at least three miles of trails to explore on your next run … just make sure to read the maps before heading out — a 5-mile run could turn into 11 miles if you’re not careful! Continue reading

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Connection: diet and cancer? Could there be a link?

Ashley Jobe

The debate about the sanctity of the body and what could possibly cause defects and mutations in the genes of certain body cells has been long standing. Cancer is actually a term used to describe a large group of different diseases but can simply be called the uncontrolled division and growth of cells in the body.

Your body is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, those cells conduct business in an orderly fashion, dividing during the adult years mostly to replace dying cells or to repair injuries in parts of the body. Though there are more than 100 diseases under the cancer umbrella, all of them start because abnormal cells grow out of control, invading surrounding tissues and spreading throughout our lymph system.

Much research has been done about whether or not there are triggers that jumpstart this process, and if so, which they are and how we can avoid them. Could diet be a potential culprit here? Some say it could be — and many point to an excess of protein and animals products as an issue.

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Get a taste of fall while helping your body

Nicole Esplin

Sure the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks is a delicious way to taste the fall season, but are you willing to counter your crisp autumn run by consuming 13 grams of fat and 380 calories?  If your answer is no but you’ve still been craving fall foods post-workout (and all other times of the day), I have compiled a few post-workout meal ideas and recipes that not only taste great but also have extra benefits to help you recover faster and stronger for your next workout.

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