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GROUP FITNESS NEWS | ISSUE #3

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.

 
 
THE CHECK-IN: MIX IT UP!

For many of us, the constraints of exercising at home may make it impossible to participate in some of our favorite fitness formats. Whether you’re missing your favorite cycle class or afraid your high-impact plyometric workout will annoy your downstairs neighbors, it can be frustrating to deal with these restrictions on your routine. But by thinking creatively you can use this opportunity to add more variety to your exercise regimen, which can keep you excited about your workouts and help you avoid performance plateaus. Here are a few suggestions for mixing things up when it comes to your at-home workout routine:

  • Try out a new exercise format. Always wanted to try a dance class but nervous about not knowing the steps? Afraid you might not be able to make it through a HIIT class? Exercising at home provides a great opportunity to try out new kinds of workouts out your own terms – with extra recovery time and without self-consciousness. Who knows? You might just find your new favorite workout!
  • Perfect your technique. Use the time you have away from the gym to really focus on form in your bodyweight training. Perfect your push-up! Improve the height on your roundhouse kick! Master the plank! By improving your technique, you’ll be increasing the efficacy of your future workouts.
  • Make time to stretch. Flexibility is an important dimension of physical fitness, but one that we don’t always focus on in our daily activities. Consider using some of the time you’d normally spend at the gym to incorporate extra stretching, foam rolling, or yoga into your new routine.
 
 
VIRTUAL GROUP FITNESS SCHEDULE

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: April 20-24

 
 
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.

 
 
WEEKLY WELLNESS: FOCUS ON FINANCES

Just as it’s important to engage in activities to promote your physical wellness, it’s also critical to cultivate your financial wellness and plan for your financial future. Consider setting aside some time to build your financial knowledge base with a series of free educational webinars from Illinois Extension! These webinars are part of the Get $avvy – Grow Your Green $tuff series, designed specifically for students and focusing on a wide variety of topics, including saving money on travel, identity theft, investing, and planning for unforeseen circumstances. You can register for upcoming webinars, or access previously recorded sessions. Extension offers an array of additional resources for students, which you can learn more about here.

 
 
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 featured playlist was curated by Mihary, a joint Mechanical Engineering and MBA student by day and BODYCOMBAT instructor by dawn (and weekend)! This energetic playlist combines Hip Hop, Rock, Indie Pop, and EDM with heavy beat drops! There are upbeat tracks designed to get your body moving, and inspiring tracks to motivate your mind to keep fighting on.

Mihary’s Inner Fighter Soundtrack

 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN

Veggie-Packed Egg Muffins

Looking for an easy breakfast option? These five-ingredient muffins are a healthy, nutritious way to start your day! If you don’t have broccoli or cheddar on hand, feel free to substitute your favorite vegetable-cheese combination.

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli (or other vegetable of choice)
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar, grated
  • ½ t. sea salt
  • ½ t. ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375o Coat a 6-hole muffin tin with oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, salt, and pepper.
  3. Chop broccoli and fold into egg mixture.
  4. Distribute broccoli-egg mixture evenly between each well of the muffin tin. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the eggs are set.
  6. Serve.