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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. 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.


This week, get to know one of Campus Recreation’s newest BODYPUMP instructors, Becca Fife!

Q: What format(s) do you teach?

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I’ve been teaching for about 6 months.

Q: How long have you been teaching at Campus Recreation?
A: I started teaching this past spring semester!

Q: Do you have connections to the University of Illinois?
A: I graduated with my Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from UIUC in August of 2018.

Q: What motivated you to become a certified group fitness instructor?
A: I absolutely love the environment of group fitness classes and wanted to become an instructor to help others become stronger (mentally and physically)! Having the opportunity to lead classes full of diverse, powerful and determined individuals inspires me every class to always be the best version of myself. It is so rewarding!

Q: What is your fitness philosophy?
A: Get moving and find what works for you! The best thing about fitness is that there isn’t one best “cookie cutter” approach, there are so many different and effective ways to approach a well-balanced healthy lifestyle. Finding a balanced and sustainable lifestyle that incorporates fitness looks different for each person and if you find an aspect of fitness that is enjoyable to you, then do it! When you find something you enjoy doing, you are more likely to stick with it long term.

Q: When you’re not regularly teaching, what are the other ways you like to stay active?
A: I love to go on runs, bike rides and walks! Outdoor activities are my favorite way to stay active.

Q: When you’re not teaching your own classes, what type(s) of group fitness classes could we find you in?
A: BODYATTACK and Cycling are two of my favorite classes!

Q: What is your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: After strength training I try to incorporate a snack with protein and carbs. My go-to post workout snack is a protein shake and a banana.

Q: Do you have a favorite source of workouts, fitness blogger, or health-related podcast that you’d recommend?
A: There are SO many free educational resources out there! My favorite heath related podcast is “The Doctor’s Farmacy” with Dr. Mark Hyman. I also have been loving at home workouts on Sydney Cummings’ Youtube channel.

Q: What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
A: Going on nice long walks and stretching!


In the wake of a pandemic, immune health has become a significant public health concern as of late. There is evidence that suggests exercise can be used strategically to enhance multiple aspects of immune function. Join Illinois nutritional sciences researcher Noah Hutchinson as he outlines practical ways to use exercise as an additional tool in your prophylactic repertoire.

Learn more and register.


With a growing body of research to support the health benefits of spending time in nature https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health why not take the opportunity to enjoy National Picnic Month! If you are itching to get out of the house, be social and enjoy a meal with friends, then July is the month for you.

There is something about the summer weather that brings out the relaxed outdoorsy person in all of us and what better way to wind down than to slip on your sandals, pack up a picnic basket, grab a comfy blanket and head to the outdoors with your nearest and dearest. 

If you're in Champaign-Urbana, here's a list of some of our favorite spots!


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 6 – July 10


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. Channel your inner rock star with this high-intensity playlist that’s sure to help you rock your next workout!

Rock star HIIT Playlist


Make the perfect pasta salad for your picnic! I'm not a big fan of mayonnaise so I thought I would share one of my favorite vinegar based pasta salads. This one from Taste of Home is great because it also packs a protein punch which helps to keep you fuller for longer.


  • 1 package (12 ounces) tricolor spiral pasta
  • 1 package (10 ounces) refrigerated tricolor tortellini
  • 1 jar (7-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, undrained
  • 1/2 pound fresh broccoli florets (about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 12 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
  • 12 ounces hard salami, cubed
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 envelopes Italian salad dressing mix


1. Cook spiral pasta and tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Place in a large bowl; add the artichokes, broccoli, provolone cheese, salami, peppers, beans, olives, onion and garlic. 

2. Prepare salad dressing according to package directions; pour over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.


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