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GROUP FITNESS NEWS | ISSUE #33
 
 

While things may look a little different this semester, we’re glad to have so many of our #ActiveILLINI back on campus! Here in Campus Recreation, we remain committed to providing opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and community patrons to access the wellness resources they need to thrive. We appreciate the flexibility and patience of our wonderful participants and dedicated instructors as we work to maintain a safe group fitness environment for everyone.

As always, we encourage you to reach out to us if you have thoughts about how we at Campus Rec can continue to foster a sense of community or ideas for resources we can provide during this time. If you have questions or concerns about Campus Recreation re-opening procedures, be sure to consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 
   
 
 
THANKSGIVING WEEK HOURS
 
 

Campus Recreation will be CLOSED November 21-29 and will REOPEN November 30.

As a result of the facility closures over the holidays, Campus Rec will address memberships with service and payroll deductions. Questions may be directed to Member Services at dcr-memberservices@illinois.edu.

 
   
 
 
GROUP FITNESS CLASS PASS PRE-SALE INCENTIVE!
 
 

Campus Recreation will be offering a spring group fitness pass pre-sale incentive this week, from Nov. 16 through Nov 20! The first 50 participants who purchase a spring pass (either a zoom or in-person spring pass) during this week will receive a water bottle, CLIF bar, and card holder in a reusable Campus Rec bag!

 
   
 
 
WEEKLY WELLNESS: GRATITUDE
 
 

 
 

Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Gratitude’s amazing powers can allow us to shift focus from the negative to what is positive in our lives. Practicing daily gratitude gives us a deeper connection to ourselves, the world around us and can allow us to connect to something bigger than ourselves.

Many things in our lives can be re-framed and viewed as something we can be grateful for. Research has shown that gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress, and drastically improve our overall level of health and wellbeing. On average, grateful people tend to have fewer stress-related illnesses and experience less depression and lowered blood pressure, they are more physically fit, they are happier, have a higher income, more satisfying personal and professional relationships and will be better liked.

Campus Recreation Well-Being Workshop: Declare Your Gratitude

 
   
 
 
WEEKLY WORKOUT PLAN
 
 

The Mayo Clinic recommends incorporating the following five elements into your regular exercise routine: aerobic activity, strength training, core exercises, balance training, and flexibility/stretching. The workout plan included below incorporates a variety of formats that will allow you to meet these goals. Just pick the combination of workouts that work for you!

View this week’s workout plan

 
   
 
 
MUSIC TO MOTIVATE YOUR WORKOUT
 
 

 
 

A growing body of evidence suggests that listening to music while exercising can improve the quality of your workout. If you’re looking to maintain those feelings of gratitude through your next workout, check out this week’s Feeling Grateful workout playlist!

Feeling Grateful Workout Playlist

 
   
 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN
 
 

 
 

Daylight saving time transitions can temporarily wreak havoc on your diet. This is because a shift in our sleep-wake cycle can impact the hormone levels in the body, including the hunger-related hormone ghrelin, which can lead to changes in appetite, an increase in food cravings, and potential overeating. When planning your meals for the week, prepping healthy snacks to have on hand to keep you fueled can help. These breakfast cookies are quick easy and travel well! Feel free to customize them by substituting your favorite fruit, dried fruit, and nuts.

U Cookbook Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 large, ripe bananas (~1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F and mix together all ingredients in one big bowl.
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Put the cookies on the tray. Each cookie should be about 3 tablespoons. Because the cookies will not expand while baking, spread the tops until desired thickness is achieved.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until the edges are slightly brown.
  5. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet. Enjoy in the morning!
 
 
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