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STAY HEALTHY, BE WELL

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 Active Illini 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.

Each week, we will bring you a newsletter that will be filled with wellness tips, free fitness classes, trials and more! We want this to be a time for you to continue a healthy lifestyle and to keep moving. We look forward to bringing you exciting workouts, new recipes, workout plans, motivation and more! 

 
 
LES MILLS ON DEMAND – FREE 60-DAY TRIAL AVAILABLE TO ALL CAMPUS RECREATION MEMBERS

As a Les Mills club affiliate, Campus Recreation is pleased to offer a 60-day free trial of Les Mills On Demand (LMOD) to all members. Les Mills On Demand offers more than 800 high-quality, authentic Les Mills workouts anywhere, anytime, on almost any device. In addition, Les Mills On Demand provides workout schedules customized to your level of fitness, introductory videos to help you become familiar with each format, and mindfulness and meditation practices to reduce stress.

 
 
VIRTUAL GROUP FITNESS WORKOUTS COMING APRIL 6!

In order to continue to serve the Campus Recreation community, instructors will be offering live virtual group fitness classes and meet-ups, beginning on April 6. 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! See the schedule below for current offerings.

Click here to view this week's Virtual Class Schedule: April 6-10

 
 
WEEKLY WORKOUT PLAN

Whether you are a long-time group exercise participant or taking your first steps toward fitness, creating a weekly workout plan is a great way to add a bit of structure into your daily routine. 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!

Click here to view this week's Weekly 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. This week’s playlist was curated by Kelsey, a Campus Recreation group fitness instructor who teaches BODYPUMP, cycle, and HIIT classes. Featuring up-tempo tracks from top female pop artists, this playlist is bound to add some extra energy to your cardio workouts!

Kelsey’s Pop Diva HIIT Playlist on Spotify! 

 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN

Pesto Chicken Caprese Flatbread

Ingredients

2 naan flatbreads

2 T. olive oil

2 T. pesto

½ c. chicken, roughly shredded

1 c. cherry tomatoes

1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/3 c. parmesan cheese, shredded

Handful of basil leaves

Balsamic vinegar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Place both flatbreads on a shallow baking sheet and brush generously with olive oil.
  3. Prepare the toppings:
    • Toss shredded chicken with pesto
    • Slice tomatoes in half
    • Roughly chop basil leaves
  1. Top flatbreads with mozzarella, tomatoes, and chicken. Top with parmesan cheese.
  2. Bake for 4-8 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from the oven.
  3. Top flatbreads with chopped basil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.