Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another semester!

It is now 2015 and the best time take advantage of a fresh start!

CRI is here to help you fulfill those New Years resolutions by supplying numerous old and new Group Fitness classes, along with intramural sports, club sports, and various clinics that will help you with all aspects of your fitness goals.

There will be the classic Group Fitness classes returning such as Awesome Abs, Yoga, Cycle, and Zumba.

However, there is a whole new set of Group Fitness classes. Some branch off of the staples like Yoga Flow and Beginner Cycle but others are completely new like Total Body Blast, Upper Body Blast, Lower Body Blast, H.I.I.T FIT, and Power Lunch.

If any of these classes sound interesting, go to our website and read the class descriptions.

Fitness classes are all offered numerous times a day, every day of the week.


Along with Group Fitness classes, there are also additional programs such as Spring Break Boot Camp and the new Olympic Lifting Program. These programs combined with the original Women and Weights and Madness in the Meadow classes can help you reach your fitness goals.

If swimming is more your thing, then look out for the Swim 2 Break challenge. Choose a Spring Break destination: Nassau, Bahamas at 8,000 yards; Cancun, Mexico at 16,000 yards; or Sydney Australia at 48,000 yards.

After completing any of the three set distances, you will receive a paradise glass.

Along with physical fitness goals, CRI offers programs for other aspects of improving overall wellness. These programs include Wellness Week, Voice Your Dream, Put Wellness in Your Wednesday, the Campus Farmers’ Market, No Impact Week, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

With so much offered through CRI, there is no reason for you not to stick to those elusive New Years Resolutions, start fresh or to continue the progress you made last semester.

See you at the RAC!RACLife


Too Busy to Work Out? Think Again!

time-to-work-outWe are down to the final month of the spring semester, and a lot of us are feeling overwhelmed by how much schoolwork there is to do in the remainder of the semester. This seems to be a reason why so many people slack off on their fitness goals after spring break. We’re all just too busy to work out as much as before, right?

Wrong! If that’s your excuse, it’s not a good one! There are plenty of ways to stay on top of your to-do list, while also making time to get in some exercise! You don’t have to work out at a gym, although the RAC is always a great place that provides the equipment and classes for almost any work out you would want to do. You also don’t have to do it for a consecutive hour. Split up your exercises and create short bursts of physical activity to fit your workout into your busy day!0825-running-motivation_vg

Certified Personal Trainer and fitness instructor Jennipher Walters’ offers some tips on finding time to exercise. I would like to combine her advice with ways you can fit in your daily exercise while living a busy, university student lifestyle.


  1. Wake up earlier How many of you press snooze on your alarm 2 or 3 times every morning? Right there you’re losing 20-30 minutes, and does that extra little bit of time really make you more rested? Get up on the first alarm and wake up by doing some jumping jacks, push up and sit-ups. You’ll feel much more energized after that short burst of activity than lying in bed half asleep!
  2. Skip the busWalking across campus to your next class can be a great way to fit in some quick exercise. Set yourself at a speedy pace to get your heart rate up and see how fast you can walk to each of your classes. It won’t take any extra time out of your day, and it will probably get you to where you’re going quicker than waiting for one of the buses.
  3. Get your priorities straightSometimes we just put too much on our daily to-do list, and disappointment comes when we aren’t able to complete everything. Take another look at your priorities and figure out whether it will be more beneficial to you to go to that Spin 60 group fitness class at the RAC or watch a rerun of CSI.

So whether you’re crammed with schoolwork or just feel like an hour long workout is too much for you right now, you can get just as good of a workout in by splitting it up throughout the day! Just do at least 60 minutes worth of short bursts of physical activity daily to get your heart rate up. You’ll be surprised at the amount of exercising you can actually squeeze into any schedule you have and the energy you’ll gain by doing so!

Good luck!




Walter, J. (n.d.) 10 Ways to Find Time for Exercise. Spark People. Retrieved from http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1675http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1675

Dealing with Stress

With the end of the semester coming up and finals week just around the corner, I think it’s safe to assume that we’re all at least a little bit stressed out! Tests are quickly approaching, papers and projects are due and deadlines creep up on us! So while trying to juggle everything going on, how do you handle the stress that comes along with it?

I did a little bit of online searching and found some good tips for managing stress in a healthy way. It seems to be common sense, but a lot of times our common sense is the first thing to go when stress takes over.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle:
Source: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm

Exercise regularly. Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. Nothing beats aerobic exercise for releasing pent-up stress and tension.

Eat a healthy diet. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat. Start your day right with breakfast, and keep your energy up and your mind clear with balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day.

Reduce caffeine and sugar. The temporary “highs” caffeine and sugar provide often end in with a crash in mood and energy. By reducing the amount of coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, and sugar snacks in your diet, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll sleep better.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary. Don’t avoid or mask the issue at hand; deal with problems head on and with a clear mind.

Get enough sleep. Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Feeling tired will increase your stress because it may cause you to think irrationally.

In addition to taking these steps to avoid and to deal with stress, there are other resources on campus that you can take advantage of when you need help getting a hold on your stress. The counseling center on campus offers each student 12 free sessions per year.

Also, the counseling center has an online stress management workshop and online relaxation exercises.

Never be shy to take advantage of these services offered to you by our awesome university! But don’t forget that the five suggestions listed at the beginning of this post are all great ways to cope with stress. I have a very Type A kind of personality, so take it from me! I find some of the best ways to handle my stress are to set small goals for myself along the way, get plenty of sleep and always make time to exercise! Sometimes we are so busy or burnt out that the last thing we want to do is hit the gym. But I promise the hardest part is getting there. Once you fit just a 20-30 minute workout in, even if you just run a few laps on the track, you will feel reenergized and ready to tackle the next thing on your to-do list. Not to mention you’ll feel better about yourself and more accomplished.

Best wishes!


Why YOU Should Go to the RAC During Finals

With finals approaching, hitting up the RAC is probably in the back of your mind. This is because you are unaware of the benefits of going to the RAC during finals week.

Exercise can help you perform better in your finals. It’s been proven! According to a New York Times article, scientists in Ireland recently asked male college students to participant in a memory test. The men watched a lineup of photos with names. They were asked to recall the names of the strangers. Afterward, the students exercised then took the test again. The participants performed better on the memory test. See! Your brain does function better with exercise!

With your busy studying schedule, you may not have much time for exercise. It’s ok! Here are some ideas that can get your blood flowing in a small amount of time.

  • 15-minute brisk walk/run
  • Go on a short bike ride
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 3-song dance fest (upbeat music)
  • Stretching

If you have some more time on your hands, you can get your blood flowing by attending a group fitness class at the RAC. Take a look at the Group Fitness Finals Schedule below.

Looking for relaxation? Get a massage at the RAC for a great price! You can get a 30-minute massage for $25 or a 1-hour massage for $50. Celebrate Wellness Wednesday by receiving $5 off of massages during finals week. Schedule your massage by calling (912) 478-5436. Space is limited.

Don’t forget to stay active during finals week! It may make the difference between an A and a B.

Good Luck!