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We believe physical activity and exercise are vital to the well-being of every person. Here in Campus Recreation, we are actively working on virtual opportunities which will allow our #ActiveILLINI to access the resources they need to thrive in the classroom and in life. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have thoughts on how to help the Campus Rec community stay connected or ideas for resources we can provide during this time.


This fall, let us help you 'Find Your Fit'. It is our goal to serve our Campus Community by assisting you to move more. We are considering offering Group Fitness in a brand new way in order to meet your changing needs. If you haven’t already, please take the time to give us your feedback on how you would like to 'Find Your Fit' this fall in Camus Recreation using this the Group Fitness Program Fall 2020 survey.

WEEKLY WELLNESS: Wellness vs. Well-Being

Wellness and well-being, what's the difference? While these terms are often used interchangeably, it’s important to understand the ways in which they differ.

The concept of “wellness” has historically been linked with maintenance of physical health and prevention of disease. Traditionally, wellness programs and initiatives like those implemented in many workplaces have been limited to the physical dimensions of health, and studies of the benefits of these kinds of programs, including a recent University of Illinois study, have provided, at-best, mixed evidence of their efficacy.

A framework geared toward “well-being” expands the view of wellness to cover more than the physical body, encompassing a person’s mental and emotional state as well as their productivity and ability to perform at the peak of their capabilities. This broader definition has led to the development and implementation of well-being programs that tend to be broader in scope than traditional wellness programs, and can include everything from promoting healthy eating and fitness to managing stress, boosting mental resilience, and more.

At Campus Recreation we subscribe to an updated model of wellness that incorporates ideas from both traditional models of “wellness” as well as “well-being” and includes 8 dimensions of wellness:

You can learn more about this model on the Campus Recreation wellness webpage, where you’ll also find our free assessment tool which you can use to reflect on where you currently are in your personal wellness journey and track your progress.


In order to continue to serve the Campus Recreation community, our group fitness instructors are offering live virtual group fitness classes and meet-ups throughout the week. These virtual workouts will be streamed via Zoom (click here to learn more about using Zoom) and offer a great way to add some exercise, routine, and social interaction to your day!

View this week's virtual class schedule: July 27 – July 31


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


A growing body of evidence suggests that listening to music while exercising can improve the quality of your workout. Feeling unmotivated to tackle your next workout? Put on this Power Up playlist and get to work! Filled with the most empowering anthems, it’s sure to provide that extra energy to push you to the next level.

Power Up Playlist

HardCORE 7-Day Challenge

JOIN US for our HardCORE 7-Day Challenge — a challenge totally focused on building up your core strength! Each day participants will be asked to do three daily exercises and will get together during a Facebook LIVE with Campus Recreation's Associate Director of Assessment, Fitness, Student Wellness and Adventure Recreation- Alana Harris. After completing the exercise of the day, participants can comment their name and email for a chance to win a Free Fall Group Fitness Pass! The more days you participate, the more your name will be entered into the raffle! 

Like and follow our Facebook account and check in each morning of the challenge at 10 a.m. when Alana goes live! 


Pesto Change-o! It’s that time of year when our gardens are overflowing with basil, and making your own pesto is as easy as 1-2-3. We like it in a pasta salad, with grilled meats and veggies, and drizzled over freshly sliced tomatoes.


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. To make the pesto, combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for longer storage.
  3. Enjoy!