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GROUP FITNESS NEWS | ISSUE #32
 
 

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 work to maintain a safe group fitness environment for everyone.

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.

 
   
 
 
THANKSGIVING WEEK HOURS
 
 

Campus Recreation will be CLOSED November 21-29 and will REOPEN November 30.

As a result of the facility closures over the holidays, Campus Rec will address memberships with service and payroll deductions. Questions may be directed to Member Services at dcr-memberservices@illinois.edu.

 
   
 
 
WEEKLY WELLNESS: HOW TO JOURNAL
 
 

 
 

With everything happening in the world right now, there may be times when you feel overwhelmed, or may find it challenging to even pin down exactly how you’re feeling. In these times, journaling might help! In a recent interview with NPR, James Pennebaker, a professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, recommended that if you find yourself ruminating on something, "set aside some time to write about it for anywhere from five to 20 minutes a day, for one day, two days, maybe as many as five days."

Expressive writing (or journaling) is associated with improvements in physical healthimprovements in markers of mental health, and improvements in immune function. It's also been shown to improve working memory in college students, says Pennebaker.

Here are some tips for getting started with journaling:

  1. Journal whenever you want, for however long you want to. You don't need to create a rigid routine around journaling. Try starting small, with just a few minutes a day. And if you don’t feel like journaling, don’t! If it feels like a chore, the practice of journaling becomes less helpful.
  1. Medium doesn’t matter – the key is to articulate your thoughts. Your journal doesn't need to be anything fancy. Don't be intimidated by beautifully illustrated bullet journals— a dirty napkin and a crayon work too!
  1. Let yourself write about anything. Remember, what you write is for you and you alone. Don’t worry so much about spelling or grammar. Instead, let your feelings connect the dots for you (and try using a feeling chart if you’re struggling to name what you’re currently feeling).
  2. Look for reflections and different perspectives, not solutions or fixes. A journal isn't a friend or a therapist or counselor — it's not going to fix your problems. But it will help you find out more about yourself.

Well-Being Resource: Feeling Lots of…Feelings? Journaling can help

 
   
 
 
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. Whatever this week has been like for you, it’s always good to carve out some time for relaxation and self-care. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and unwind with this week’s Stress Less Self-Care playlist.

Stress Less Self-Care Playlist

 
   
 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN
 
 

 
 

It’s squash season! The Halloween pumpkins may be gone, but there are plenty of butternut, acorn, spaghetti, delicata, and kabocha squash to go around, all loaded with nutrients like alpha- and beta-carotene, which give the flesh of these squash varieties a bright orange hue. Learn more about the nutritional benefits of winter squash varieties here and try out some of the squash recipes listed below!

Some of our favorite squash recipes:

 
   
 
 
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