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GROUP FITNESS NEWS | ISSUE #26
 
 

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.

 
   
 
 
CAMPUS REC IS HIRING - HR INTERN
 
 

Campus Recreation is hiring a Human Resources Intern. 

Job Knowledge/Skills Required:

  1. Strong organization and communication skills.
  2. Ability to work independently and as a team.
  3. Ability to develop and present ideas and initiatives.

$12/hour

Please submit your application online here.

 
   
 
 
FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT 5K - SIGN UP TODAY!
 
 

 
 

Are you looking to maintain a sense of togetherness and connection while practicing safe social and physical distancing? While the weather cooperates, was it your hope to develop good exercise habits in the great outdoors?

We are thrilled to bring you the, “Future’s So Bright 5K Virtual Race”. The best way to start is to set a goal! Register with friends to complete our virtual race by October 23 and join our intramural running league to stay accountable with your training. Each week Campus Rec will provide runner education over our Instagram account and Illinois students will highlight their favorite spots to walk and run on or around campus.

Looking for a free app to help you meet your mileage goals? Try out Strava to analyze and track your performance and connect with friends and fellow fitness enthusiasts nearby!

Be sure to check out all the amazing swag you could receive here!

Special thanks to our sponsors, Illini Union Bookstore, Carle Sports Medicine and Amazon Prime Student

 
   
 
 
WEEKLY WELLNESS: BUILDING BETTER SLEEP HABITS
 
 

 
 

Obtaining high-quality sleep on a regular basis is important for supporting physical and mental health, improving productivity and overall quality of life, and positively impacting all dimensions of well-being. We all can benefit from better quality sleep, and developing good sleep hygiene can be the key to achieving that goal. Crafting sustainable and beneficial routines around bedtime will support a great night’s sleep.

Campus-Recreation Well-Being Resource: Cultivating Good Sleep Hygiene

 
   
 
 
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. As the mornings get darker and the days get cooler, it’s important to ease your way into your workout, both physically and mentally. Check out this week’s Ease Into It workout playlist, which starts with slower tunes and builds in intensity to help you smoothly transition into your workout!

Ease Into It Workout Playlist

 
   
 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN
 
 

 
 

As the mornings get cooler, a warm and hearty breakfast option can be a great way to start the day. Oats are rich in fiber (both soluble and insoluble), so an oatmeal breakfast is sure to keep you feeling full all morning. Skip the instant flavored oatmeal and customize your bowl with your favorite ingredients – like the peanut butter banana combination featured below!

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 cup uncooked oats
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • Handful of your favorite variety of nuts per bowl (optional)
  • Maple syrup, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook stove top oats as instructed on the container.
  2. Split the oats between two bowls (or save the other serving for breakfast tomorrow).
  3. Add 1 tbsp of peanut butter to each bowl.
  4. Split the banana between the two bowls (or, for a more caramelized flavor, microwave banana slices for 30-60 seconds before adding to the bowl).
  5. Add nuts of your choice (we love crushed walnuts and sliced almonds).
  6. Stir in milk and drizzle with maple syrup.
  7. Enjoy!