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 Tuesday, January 13, 2009 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Student Perspective: Shape up for the new year
by Joanna Nasar, graduate student, Environmental Journalism

Spring semester is a chance for students to start fresh, try new activities, make new friends and keep New Year's resolutions. Many people resolve to stay fit and healthy each year but fail to follow through or become bored with doing the same activity day after day. Luckily, CU students have access to the Recreation Center. The Recreation Center supports students and helps them reach their fitness goals by providing diverse instructional programs, fun intramural and club sports and exciting outdoor programs.

Dan Rummel, the building services manager for the Recreation Center and Bear Creek Recreation Center encourages students to take advantage of all these programs and keep up with their fitness. “When school starts each semester, the first month is always the busiest of the year,” he said. Still, students can avoid the crowds by getting their workout in the morning. The center’s busiest times are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rummel advises students to stick with their workout program throughout the year by having realistic expectations. “I know it is tough with homework and school, but they can get in for 15 or 20 minutes a day and do something they’ll stick with,” he said. He added that first time weight lifters should consider taking a weight room orientation class to learn how to use the equipment.

Registration is available to all CU students and adult members of the Recreation Center. Faculty and staff can learn more about becoming members by visiting the member information web page. Students and faculty/staff recreation members can register for recreation classes right now. The first class started on Monday, Jan. 12. Members can visit the Recreation Center website to view classes and times that work with their schedule, then register at the recreation center cashier’s desk.

Fitness is a great way to boost confidence and stay healthy throughout the school year. The Recreation Center’s programs make it easy for students, faculty and staff to find a workout that they can stick with to meet their individual fitness goals.

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