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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 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.


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


Campus Recreation’s “Fall Back Fitness” Challenge officially kicked off on October 18, but it’s not too late to join! The challenge will run through October 31 and details can be found below:

  • Participating in the challenge is FREE!
  • Register for and attend specified Les Mills Virtual Classes (view the schedule). These classes are streamed directly into ARC studios and feature the best Les Mills instructors from around the world! (Capacity in each class is 10 participants).
  • Pick up your Challenge BINGO card at the ARC member services desk and get it signed by the class host at each class to earn points for all the classes you attend.
  • Collect 20 points and return your BINGO card to the member services desk to enter the drawing for grand prizes!

    Register for the “Fall Back Into Fitness” Challenge



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Along with sleep and other lifestyle factors, consuming a balanced diet can help support the immune system, which is particularly important as we head into cold and flu season in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. And eating healthfully doesn’t have to break the bank. Try these strategies to get the most “bang for your buck” the next time you go grocery shopping:

  • Buy in bulk. Buying foods like nuts, yogurt, cottage cheese, beans, or hummus in larger bulk containers can be lower in cost compared to buying these foods in smaller or individual pre-portioned containers. Buying whole grains, such as oatmeal, brown rice, or quinoa, in large bags is also more affordable (and often healthier) than their instant, single-serving, ready-to-eat counterparts. 
  • Shop seasonally. You’ll often find that fruits and vegetables that are in season are on sale, making them more cost-effective. Check out this guide to learn more about the seasonality of various fruits and vegetables in Illinois.
  • Check the cost per ounce. Choosing a product based on what appears to be the lowest price isn’t always an effective way to keep your budget low, because food manufacturers often also reduce the container size of the food item. To avoid this common grocery budgeting blunder, look at the cost per ounce, which is usually listed in the bottom left-hand corner of the price sticker on the shelf.
  • Skip convenience foods. When it comes to fresh fruit and veggies, it costs more to buy these pre-chopped, peeled, or spiralized, so try buying produce whole and then chopping or preparing them at home if you’d like to reduce your grocery bill. Although it’s hardly a time-saver, it’s worth the extra effort if it means eating more of these foods!

Webinar: Building Budget-Friendly Meals and Tracking Your Progress

Campus Recreation Well-Being Resource: Ask the Nutritionist: Eating Healthy On a Budget


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. If you’re looking for some spooky vibes for your next workout, check out this week’s Halloween Fitness Playlist!

Halloween Fitness Playlist



When you’re eating healthy on a budget, meal prep can help you create a week’s worth of nutritious meals that you can mix and match to keep things interesting. This can also save you time on busy weeknights when you need a dinner that comes together quickly. For your next meal prep, try making burrito bowls! You can load them up with veggies and healthy sources of protein and grains to ensure your diet is nutrient-packed. Here’s a simple formula to follow for a great burrito bowl:

Burrito Bowl Formula:

  • Grain of choice (e.g. white or brown rice, quinoa)
  • Protein of choice (e.g. chicken, pork, tofu)
  • Beans of choice (e.g. black beans, pinto beans)
  • Salsa of choice (you can buy salsa or make your own!)
  • Additional veggies (e.g. roasted peppers, sweet potatoes, chopped greens, onions)
  • Extras (e.g. avocado, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro)

Below are a couple of our favorite burrito bowl combinations: