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GROUP FITNESS NEWS | ISSUE #25
 
 

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 navigate our safe return to group fitness.

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.

 
   
 
 
FALL GROUP FITNESS UPDATES
 
 

In accordance with guidance from the Chancellor’s office, Campus Recreation will resume in-person studio and outdoor classes on Monday September 21. The group fitness schedule has been updated to reflect these offerings, and patrons should be able to view these in-person offerings on the Campus Rec website now. Classes will be by reservation only, with a class-size cap of 10 participants.

For those who would like to continue participating in virtual offerings, you can find a detailed walk-through of how to reserve a spot in these classes here.

If you encounter any issues making a reservation, please reach out to our stellar Member Services team!

 
   
 
 
WEEKLY WELLNESS: MAINTAINING MOTIVATION
 
 

 
 

Are you struggling to stay motivated? Are you feeling the grind earlier in the semester, compared to previous school years? You’re not alone! The uncertainty of current circumstances may produce feelings of anxiety and fatigue, and generally make it a challenge to be your usual motivated self.

At Campus Recreation, we’re committed to supporting the wellbeing of all of our #ActiveILLINI and providing wellness information that may help our community during this time. Check out the resource bellow to learn more about how strengthening your internal locus of control may help you maintain motivation.

Campus Recreation Well-Being Resource: Struggling to stay motivated? Strengthen your internal locus of control.

 
   
 
 
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 all know that some days it’s hard to find the motivation to lace up those sneakers and get that workout in. Remember, it’s ok to not be ok. No matter what kind of day (or week) you’re having, this week’s playlist is here to remind you that You’ve Got This.

You’ve Got This Workout Playlist

 
   
 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN
 
 

 
 

The return of football season may provide a much-needed dose of normalcy for some, but whether or not you’re a fan of the game, it’s never a bad time to whip up some tailgate treats! Find recipes for healthy game-day (or study) snacks here, including these herby, cheesy baked French fries!

Oven-Baked French Fries

Ingredients

  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh or dried parsley
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Makes 4-6 servings

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Roughly cut the potatoes into French fry-like strips.
  3. Soak the potato strips in cold water for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, dry potato strips with a paper towel.
  4. Put all of the seasonings (except for Parmesan) and olive oil into a large zip lock bag. Add the potatoes and shake vigorously.
  5. Place the seasoned potato wedges on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes.
  6. Let the fries cool, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!