Rest, Relax, and Eat

Spring Break is finally here! No classes, just fun in the sun and some much need R&R. But just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of all your fitness progress that you’ve made this year.

When on vacation, people have the tendency to overindulge with food and drinks because they’re “on vacation.” Which is totally fine, you work hard you deserve to spoil yourself, but don’t let your spoils ruin your fitness progress.

An easy way to avoid overeating is to bring snacks to munch on while you soak up the sun in between meals. This way you won’t be so hungry afterwards that you turn to a fast food option, ruining all of your progress.

Here are some healthy snack options that you can pack to take with you.

      Baked Zucchini Chips

      Microwaved Apple Chips

      Edamame

      Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberry Bites 

      Frozen Grapes 

      Trail Mix 

These are just a handful of ideas that you could take with you on your vacation that are fairly easy to make with minimal prep time.

So remember, wherever your Spring Break adventure might take you doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your progress or your health.

Enjoy and Relax!

Spring 2013 With CRI

To all my fellow Eagles out there, welcome back to campus!

With it now being the spring semester, I know there will be a surplus of patrons coming in and out of the RAC doors. It seems everyone has a little more motivation and determination to work out at the beginning of the spring semester than at any other time of the year. What’s not to get you in the mood for a good workout? There are New Year’s resolutions, spring break trips, pool parties and south Georgia weather!

Lucky for all of you RAC members, including myself, CRI has something for everyone to get involved in to reach spring fitness goals!

With over 65 group fitness classes taking place throughout the week, there’s something for almost everyone to try! You can try anything from aquatics to fun and funky dancing to intense cardio. There’s no harm in sticking with your favorite class or trying something completely new. In case you haven’t heard yet, we also have two new classes being offered this semester: PiYo and Turbokick! Remember, all of these group fit classes are available to you at no cost and no obligation to attend each session!

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Intramural Sports starts the spring semester with basketball, wheelchair basketball and soccer! Other sports will also be offered, and if you’re new to a sport, don’t be too intimidated to get involved! Each intramural sport has different leagues and divisions so everyone can participate at their own skill level! Check out the spring intramural sports you can register for.

Do you like a little more competition when it comes to your favorite sport? Club sports provide students with  the opportunity to travel, as well as develop leadership skills while participating in the sport you love! The Club Sports Fair is at the RAC next Tuesday at 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about the 27 different club sports CRI has to offer.

polarCRI’s Aquatics Program has a few different events going on this semester, one of which is the annual Polar Bear Plunge! This year we are making the plunge a little more exciting and a little cooler, if you know what I mean. We are adding ice to the outdoor pool to see who can brave the icy water!

Swim lessons are continuing to be offered to RAC members this semester. For a small fee of just $10, you may choose a skill level and attend 6 classes. You won’t be able to find prices cheaper than this, so take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your swimming skills!

Southern Adventures has some great trips planned for this semester that could give you the adrenaline rush you’re looking for! You could go white water rafting, rock climbing or kayaking with manatees for a weekend for a small fee! Also, check out the alternative spring break trips that you can attend! Spots fill up fast, so don’t hesitate on signing up!

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Pledge to be well this week! Beginning on Monday, February 18, our University Wellness Program is helping students to reveal their inner child, promote healthy body images, learn about the consequences to being dishonest and putting themselves in danger’s path and more! This week is packed full of fun activities that will help you boost your self-confidence and rethink some potentially dangerous decisions.

The week’s events will include music, games, food, prizes and education about living well! Make sure to stop by the LiveWell Fair on Wednesday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Russell Union to visit on and off campus organizations representing each of the 7 dimensions of wellness. Visit various vendors to receive a Wellness Week t-shirt! The first 100 students and faculty/staff members that bring a nonperishable item will also receive a free prize! Check back soon for Wellness Week’s full schedule.

Race 2 Break 5k is just a couple short months away, and we want to make sure everyone has enough time to prep for this 3.1 mile run or walk through our beautiful campus! The race will be on March 9 at 8 a.m.

There are no excuses as to why you can’t better yourself and stay healthy this semester! CRI provides its patrons with numerous activities, classes and sports to get involved in. Stick to your New Year’s resolution or other fitness goals, and join us at the RAC! To learn even more, visit the CRI website.

Good luck this semester!

Patty

Last Minute Spring Break Ideas!

Still don’t have any Spring Break plans? Don’t worry! CRI has your back. There are a variety things that you can do over break to get rid of your cabin fever. Whether you are an adventurer or an adrenaline junkie, I have some ideas for you.

Adrenaline Junkie
Take your spring break to the next level by skydiving! Savannah Skydiving offers services for first timers and experienced jumpers. They have licensed skydiving instructors to guide you through the experience. Sail through the air with speeds over 100 mph!

Travel to north Georgia for a treetop adventure. At North Georgia Canopy Tours, you can choose from a variety of tours based on your preference. Zip over the Oconee River and enjoy a nature walk with certified eco-trained guides. Enjoy the fastest zips on the course as you appreciate the beauty of nature.

Adventurer
If you are an adventurer, Southern Adventures at the RAC may be able to assist you. From planning your trip to renting the equipment you need, Southern Adventures staff will help!

Magnolia Springs (40 minutes away)
Visit the clear springs that are a home to alligators, turtles and other wildlife. Visitors are welcomed to explore the small lake, bike along a 3-mile loop, or go camping. This park is also the home to Civil War’s Camp Lawton.

George L. Smith (35 minutes away)
Enjoy lakeside camping or paddle through trees with Spanish moss while you explore beaver dams and several birds. If you feel like hiking, enjoy the seven miles of trails this park offers.  Southern Adventures has a variety of supplies that students can rent out for a student friendly price. Some items they have available: tents, lanterns, sleeping bags, kayaks, snorkeling gear, bikes, maps, and books

Miscellaneous
Visit the Wildlife Center! You can take a self-guided tour with your iPod through all the venues at the Wildlife Center. Visit Georgia Southern’s Freedom along with Hawks, Owls, Wading Birds, Ducks, Snakes, Turtles, Frogs, and a Skunk. See all these amazing animals for FREE with your eagle id!

Here are some perfect opportunities for you to enjoy your spring break without breaking your bank. Enjoy the break and relax. You deserve it!

Be Safe!
Victoria