Avoid cold, get fit inside

By Blake Glosson

Even with the Recreation Center closing on Monday and Tuesday there is no excuse not to exercise.

I know it will be much easier to sit inside and wait until the Rec. opens, but sitting around isn’t the best choice for your health.

“Being inside and not doing anything doesn’t bode well for the body,” said Eric Appiah, Recreation Center fitness and wellness director. “Being active definitely boosts your mood, gets the endorphins going, gets your brain working.”

If you don’t want to brave the walk to and from the car to get to these facilities, no problem.

As long as you have a room with a few feet of open space, you’ve got all you need for workouts.

One way to exercise in limited space is by using a follow-along video.

The most effective videos for burning calories or improving your cardio endurance are P90X and Insanity. Both give you terrific workouts and they require little to no equipment.

For those who want to be active in ways other than specific body exercises, dance exercise videos can be a quick way to burn calories and have fun.

Yoga is another great choice because it is a healthy and functional way to relieve stress.

If you don’t like exercising with videos or don’t have the technology to watch them, there are still ways to get your exercise in.

“I believe the basics, so — strength training, jumping jacks — are really good to do… you don’t even need weights for that type of stuff,” said Amanda Knerr, junior nutrition and dietetics major. “Those things [are] super beneficial and easily done in a little bedroom or whatever.”

Circuit training is gaining popularity — pick a few body exercises to do in your room every day and see how many you can complete in a certain amount of time, or try to finish a number of reps as fast as possible.

These are great ways to track your progress and improve daily.

Whether it’s running a few laps of stairs, cranking out some pushups and sit-ups before bed, or playing some Wii Fit, the most important thing is to get moving.

“The biggest thing that I think students, faculty, everyone needs to do is plan,” Appiah said.

I have found this to be true in all areas of my life.

When I plan something out, I’m more likely to follow through and reap the benefits.

Make excuses to work out.