Lydia Livingston

EDITORíS NOTE: Lydia Livingston, a senior at Waxahachie Global High, will be writing an ongoing column as she pursues her goals of becoming more physically fit.

As the new school year continues to progress, I see why senior year has been called one of the most stressful times.

Between 19 hours of dual credit/college credit classes, school clubs, sports and my classes that arenít dual credit, I have found myself very tense.

Sometimes itís to the point that I feel like giving up, but the thing that has helped me this week has been my exercise.

I have heard my personal trainer, Daniel Ortiz, say that working out is a stress reliever when talking about the benefits of exercise.

I never really understood the truth in that statement before, but now I do.

After being swamped with activities, it really is the most freeing activity to just have a little quiet time.

Running in the mornings at the Lordís Gym in Waxahachie, where Danielís based, or unwinding at the end of the day by kicking the soccer ball around with teammates, is great.

If you have a chaotic schedule and are feeling stressed, I encourage you to take part in some physical activity.

You just might be surprised at how much better you feel afterwards.

Danielís tip of the week: Once you have selected a place to work out regularly, it is time to start making small changes in your diet. Start drinking more water and less soda, or eating fruit instead of a candy bar as a snack.

Daniel Ortiz is a personal trainer based out of the Lordís Gym in Waxahachie. He also trains with Larry North. He can be reached via his website at www.daofreestyle.com.

Lydia Livingston is a senior at Waxahachie Global High School and a newsroom intern with the Daily Light. She is also a member of the Kernowstorm 94 Girls soccer team.