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GROUP FITNESS NEWS | ISSUE #12

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.

 
 
GET TO KNOW AN INSTRUCTOR: PEDRO BELLO-MALDONADO

Q: What format(s) do you teach?
A: Zumba

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I started teaching in the Spring of 2016.

Q: How long have you been teaching at Campus Recreation?
A: About 4 years

Q: Do you have another role at the University?
A: I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science.

Q: What motivated you to become a certified group fitness instructor?
A: I’ve been doing Zumba for almost 9 years now and I wanted to start having my own class so that I could bring my own style.

Q: What is your fitness philosophy? 
A: Have fun and dance like nobody is watching. I know, pretty cliché. Also don’t die in my class so take care of yourselves!

Q: When you’re not regularly teaching, what are the other ways you like to stay active?
A: I ride my bicycle to go places. Her name is Lola after the movie Run Lola Run. I also love going swing dancing or latin dancing!

Q: What is your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: No real preference, but I can drink bubble tea any time of the day.

Q: Do you have a favorite source of workouts, fitness blogger, or health-related podcast that you’d recommend?
A: You should check out the Chackaboom Fitness YouTube page, they rock!

Q: What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
A: While trying to sleep, it really helps.

 
 
“ASK THE EXPERTS” WEBINAR: MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 is evident in nearly every aspect of our lives, leading to increased stress and feelings of fear, sadness, loneliness, and helplessness for many. Recognizing and understanding these effects can help us manage our own mental and behavioral health concerns and address the needs of our families and our communities.

For this hour-long “Ask the experts” webinar, we invite you to submit your questions and participate in a panel discussion with University of Illinois experts. The panelists will answer questions based on their research and expertise developing evidence-based assessments and interventions for managing mental health and mood disorders, including depression, across the lifespan and among diverse populations. They will also recommend mental and behavioral health resources available during COVID-19 and beyond. Learn more about the webinar here.

Register and submit questions

 
 
WEEKLY WELLNESS: THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PLAY

When we think of the word “play”, we think of children and their innate ability to engage in playful activities, the benefits it has on their health, and how much fun children have while playing. Unfortunately for adults, play is often dismissed in everyday life and is viewed as immature, unproductive, and unwelcome. At some point, during our aging, we simply stopped playing. In our busy, modern, and technology-filled world we have been focusing so much on work, family, and structured routines that many of us have forgotten how to play. Let’s shift the way we view “play” from thinking that it should be relegated to childhood, to realizing that play is an important part of adult life. 

Learn more about play:

 
 
VIRTUAL GROUP FITNESS SCHEDULE: SUMMER SESSION II

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.

We want to make a special shout out to American Campus Communities for Sponsoring our Summer II virtual classes. Without their partnership, we would not be able to continue this service. Thank you so much, American Campus, for helping us provide a needed resource to our members! 

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: June 22 - 26

 
 
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. This week’s Throwback Thursday playlist has all the old-school jams you need to rock out during your next training session!

Throwback Thursday Playlist

 
 
A QUICK BITE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL KITCHEN

Guacamole is definitely a healthy recipe! It’s made with veggie, herbs/spices, and avocado, which is packed with healthy fats, so you can snack on it and know that you are fueling your body right. Add an extra nutritional boost by dipping healthy things into your guac, like your favorite raw or roasted veggies. To create flavorful, healthy guacamole you must find the right balance between sea salt, lime juice, and cilantro. If you’ve got all of those flavors right (plus some garlic), you’re good to go. Only takes a few minutes!

Ingredients (serves 4-6)

  • 3 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing your ingredients.
    1. Roughly chop the cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and garlic. Set aside.
    2. Squeeze the juice from the lime in a separate bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, remove avocados from the skin. Mash with the back of a fork or blender. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  3. To store, squeeze come extra lime juice on top then cover with plastic wrap so the plastic is touching and covering all of the guacamole. Serve with your favorite veggies or chips.