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GROUP FITNESS NEWS | ISSUE #16

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.

 
 
FALL GROUP FITNESS PLANNING: WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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.

 
 
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AWARDED GOLD CAMPUS STATUS FOR EXERCISE IS MEDICINE® ON CAMPUS PROGRAM

The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign was awarded Gold Campus status in recognition for its work with Exercise is Medicine® On Campus, a program through the American College of Sports Medicine. Campus Recreation and the Healthy Campus Coalition were instrumental in making physical activity a standard at the University of Illinois.   

Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of the daily campus culture.
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit.
  • Providing students with the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime.
  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription. 

Learn more about Exercise is Medicine® here.

Looking for ideas to get active? Check out Campus Recreation’s Tuesday Tips Series.

 
 
WEEKLY WELLNESS: OUR FAVORITE STRESS-BUSTING YOGA ROUTINES

Yoga is not only an excellent way to stretch out tight, sore muscles and increase flexibility; it can also do wonders for your mental health. A 2015 study showed that after a two-week yoga intervention, highly stressed college students reported less stress, worry, and negative emotion compared to the control group who received no yoga training. Even professional sports associations like the NFL and NCAA Division I teams are turning to yoga as a way to reduce pre-game stress and competition anxiety in athletes.

Whether you’re practicing yoga as a serene way to start your day, for a mid-afternoon energy boost, or to wind down before bedtime, incorporating yoga into your day can have a wide array of health benefits!

Campus Recreation resource: 4 Favorite Stress-Busting Yoga Routines

 
 
VIRTUAL GROUP FITNESS SCHEDULE: SUMMER SESSION II

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 20 – July 24

 
 
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. We’ve reached that point in the summer when all we want to do is kick back and relax. This week’s Songs of the Summer playlist is the perfect soundtrack for your summer lounging, featuring a mix of old-school and more recent Billboard chart-toppers from summers past.

Songs of Summer 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! 

 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN

Mug Meals are all the rage! If you are looking for a quick meal with limited dishes we’ve got you covered, with ideas for mug recipes from a breakfast mug omelet to a brownie in a mug. You can find those recipes here.

If you’re looking to start your day off on a sweet note, try this blueberry mug pancake (perfect for summer blueberry season)!

Blueberry Pancake in a Mug

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup (honey or agave)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon blueberries, fresh or frozen

Directions:

  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients, except the blueberries, in a microwave safe mug. Mix the batter until there are no lumps.
  2. Lastly, stir in the blueberries.
  3. Microwave roughly 1 minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds or until it is firm to the touch on top (timing may vary based on microwave).
  4. Top your mug pancake with a little maple syrup and some blueberries.
  5. Enjoy!
 
 
Receive a $1,000 Scholarship

American Campus Communities wants you to succeed this year! That is why they are giving away three $1,000 scholarships. Enter to win today or text UIUC to 313131.