Monthly Archives: January 2014

Active Life Happy Life

When it comes to winter, one of the things I hate most is the lack of fresh air and motivation to keep active. Being a college student, I understand that getting a college education is expensive and most of us want the most bang out of our buck, especially when it comes to paying our tuition. So why not take advantage of working out for free with Winona’s three story fitness center? Being a student athlete here at Winona has required me to stay active and hitting the gym up as much as possible. The third story track, second level of exercise machines and 1st level of weight lifting equipment gives any student a variety of work outs to choose from. Also there are a variety of work out classes available at Winona’s fitness center to spice up anyone’s work out. These work out classes are free as well for any Winona State student and include turbo kick, butt and gut, tighten and tone, total conditioning, yoga, pilates and zumba.Working out daily and lifting a couple of times a week has been the best way to take my mind off the stress in my life throughout my four years of college at Winona. Along with relieving stress, I have noticed an improvement in my overall strength and speed at practices by simply hitting the gym an hour a day. Staying active in winter is crucial for one’s overall health to one’s body and greatly helps prevent muscle deterioration. So instead of sitting around waiting for warmer weather to be active, I encourage you to get out there and make goals for yourself physically. Exercise is simply one of the best ways to avoid the winter blues!


This Integrated Wellness Center human logo picture was done by my tennis team promoting the IWC to  encourage WSU students to get active with Winona’s fitness center.


Beating Winter Blues

It’s that time of the year where the holidays are over and students are back in Winona. Sure, classes are in session but not much to do otherwise. Have no worries because this blog is all about what you can do to keep entertained around good ol Winona. Minnesota is known for their cold and snow right? However there is a plus side to all this snow because Mount LaCrosse is about a 40 minute drive away. Yes, it can be expensive with rentals and lift tickets, however there are tons of deals available. Monday night is only $11 for a ski/snowboard ticket and $5 off rentals. Tuesday and Thursday nights also have great deals on tickets and rentals as well. Sure it may be cold out, It’s Minnesota, but bundle up and get out there for some fresh air. Grab a group of friends and try something different, you have nothing to lose!


For a tasty treat to stay warm, I advise to bring hot chocolate. If you want to try it homemade style and go a little out of the box I have the perfect recipe for you. First, put cocoa powder in saucepan. Stir in milk a bit at a time until cocoa liquefies; add remainder. Add chocolate chips; melt over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Lastly, bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and pinch of salt. Ladle into mugs; top with whipped cream, if desired.


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coco powder
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Whipped cream, (optional)

Good Luck 🙂