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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.


We are encouraged by the decline in COVID cases on campus, reflected in the University of Illinois testing dashboard, and urge our participants to continue to follow guidance from the Chancellor’s office in order to keep our community safe. In-person group fitness classes remain suspended until September 21 to protect the health of our instructors and participants. We are currently planning to re-open our outdoor and in-person classes on September 21 pending University approval.

Some adjustments have been made to the online reservation system for virtual group fitness classes, which will allow participants to reserve their spot in class up to 1 hour before the start of the class. As before, once a participant reserves their spot in a class, they will receive an email containing the Zoom link which will allow them to join the class. You can access the virtual group fitness schedule and make class reservations here.

If you encounter any issues purchasing a virtual group fitness pass or making a reservation, please reach out to our stellar Member Services team!



The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on all of us, but it appears that lower-income adults—a group that students tend to be part of—are among the hardest-hit financially due to closures and job losses, according to an April 2020 Pew Research Center survey. Among those, people of color are disproportionately affected. 

Here’s how 18- to 29-year-olds have fared, according to the Pew survey:

  • 35% reported that they or someone in their household has lost their job
  • 45% have taken a pay cut or lost wages 

If you are among the many who are facing financial setbacks, how can you weather the storm? While it’ll likely take some time for the economy to recover from the pandemic, there are plans you can start putting into place now to ease your own financial burden. Learn more about steps you can take from the Campus Recreation well-being resource below.

Campus Recreation Well-Being Resource: Financial tips for college students during COVID-19



Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among all Americans. For more than 90 years, the American Heart Association has been working to change this by funding cardiovascular medical research, educating the public about healthy living, and fostering appropriate cardiac care. 

The University of Illinois is proud to be a sponsor of the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, which will take place virtually on October 10th, from wherever you are! We are looking for team leaders. As a team leader you will recruit a group of walkers (could be your friends, colleagues, classmates, RSO members, or family). Together you will form a team to raise awareness about heart health. On the day of the walk, you will walk a 5K loop on campus, or in your own home community, with the option to use social media to raise awareness for these important issues.

Time commitment: approximately 5-10 hours total between now and October 10th. 

Contact: Emily Stone (ers@illinois.edu) to become a team captain or walker. 


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 kid during your next workout with this week’s Disney Jams playlist!

Disney Jams Workout Playlist



The end of summer means the tail end of zucchini season. A good source of fiber, potassium, and iron, zucchini is great to eat on its own, or incorporate into your favorite baked goods for an extra nutritional boost! If you can get your hands on a zucchini or two at the supermarket or your local farmers market, try out one (or more) of these sweet and savory zucchini recipes.

Zucchini, five ways: