Get Moving: Gym Membership Optional

By Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

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Resolution #4: Exercise More

The word “exercise” often conjures images of running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym , both requiring you to take a chunk of time out of your day to do. Well this year I challenge you to change that old, tired idea. Yes, if you love running on a treadmill you can definitely still do that and if lifting weights is your thing that’s totally fine, but try not to think of it as an obligation, but rather a break from the stress of classes and work.

Another goal: try replacing the word “exercise” with “physically active.” You don’t have to go to a gym to get the benefits of exercising: as long as you’re doing something active you’ll get the same benefits. While ideas for being physically active without a gym membership are more obvious in the spring and summer months when the weather is nice, there are plenty of cold weather activities that will get your heart rate up while letting you enjoy the outdoors:

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-Running. Check out runners world for some tips on how to dress for the weather

-Skiing. While a more expensive activity, skiing and snowboarding are great not only because you get to enjoy the mountains, but you also get to have fun with friends and family, making it not seem like exercise

-Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

-Ice Skating: for BU students, the Walter Brown Arena has free skating times throughout the week. Click HERE for the full schedule!

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For students, Boston University has spoiled us with Fit Rec. Whether you go on your own or sign up for a PDP, BU has insured that whatever kind of physical activity you love that you’ll be able to do it at Fit Rec. If the trek to West Campus seems like too much on a cold day, South Campus also has a small gym that many students may not know about. The gym is located at 533 Park Ave and is open Monday-Friday from 6pm-10pm. While it’s no Fit Rec, the small gym contains 2 treadmills, a few bikes, elliptical machines, and stair masters making it a good option if you don’t have the time to walk to West. Look out for a future more comprehensive post soon to come!

Physical activity doesn’t always require running shoes or special equipment: dancing and yoga, while very different are both great at relieving stress while still challenging your body.

Have a favorite way to get active? We’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.

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