Have you ever wondered “Why should I pay for group exercise classes when there are free ones on the schedule?”
Believe me, I’ve wondered the same thing. – but then I realized one of the MAJOR benefits that come from these classes. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like being surrounded by a TON of people when I exercise. I usually workout at the Wellness during times when there are NOT a lot of people in the building – but I’ve always wanted a little extra guidance and motivation with my workouts without the many faces all trying to do the same things as me at the same time – like in group exercise classes. Let’s face it – I can get stuck in a rut sometimes, even as a personal trainer. So my choices for the extra guidance & motivation as well as the major change up to my routine was either hire a personal trainer for an hourly rate OR look into the Specialty Group Exercise program. Since I was a college student at this point – I was like any other college student and strapped for cash I had to decide what was more budget friendly, but still getting the same results. The answer? Specialty Group Exercise.
So when I discovered Boxing which was offered as a Specialty Class (a few years ago) – I fell in love with the SMALL class size. There were only 8 people in my class and I got some very valuable attention and training at about 1/12th the cost of a personal training package!
I had never pushed myself so hard in a workout in a long time. Sure in the past I’ve always had my good workouts that left me sore the next day, but in this case someone was there holding me accountable making sure I wasn’t letting myself become complacent and take the “easy” route. They encouraged me when I didn’t feel that great about myself,helped me meet my fitness goals and kept me moving!!
Now while Boxing isn’t here this semester (bummer I know!) – I know there are some great options to choose from – there is ViPR which is brand new and puts a fantastic spin on strength training – taking you back to some very functional work in a new light. Reformer Pilates (which I’ve taught in the past) that is a great CORE workout that helps with balance too – after teaching that class I always felt stronger than when I wasn’t teaching! Rise & Climb is a completely NEW concept – this class will teach you how to become a better climber, become a stronger climber and will get you into the wall during the off hours (now ladies – who couldn’t use a little upper body strengthening? Am I right??) And lastly Beginner’s Mediation Yoga – which will help you center yourself spiritually & emotionally to be able to help find yourself & help keep you calm in the waning moments of the fall semester. Registration is going on NOW for all of these so I encourage you to sign up too before all the spots are gone! Head to the Wellness Center website NOW!!!
I hope to see ALL of you trying something new!
Friday, March 1st:
Finding Your Way – Seeking Directions When You Don’t Know You’re Lost
11:00 am – Christus Rex
It’s easy to wander when you don’t know you’re lost. In Tera’s talk, she will speak about her own personal journey to find the right path, and the importance of seeking direction in a world full of promised destinations.
Session will be led by Tera Elness.
Christian Views on Big Questions: 12:00 pm (Noon) – Christus Rex
How do different Christian traditions respond to issues of sin, grace, eternal life, evil, and other faiths? A moderated panel with Christian voices from Mainline, Conservative Evangelical, and Roman Catholic churches will tackle these hot topics.
Free lunch provided!
YOGATHON: 4:00 pm – Wellness Center
A special yoga event will be held in conjunction with the Healthy Campus Challenge and Interfaith Week. It will take place on Friday March 1st at 4pm in the Wellness Center Group Exercise Room. For more information on the Healthy Campus Challenge head to the Healthy Campus Challenge webpage http://und.edu/health-wellness/healthy-und/pa-subcommittee-folder/healthy-und-physical-activity-subcommittee.cfm.
Activity: Love Your Body Week info booth/fondue
Tuesday, January 29th from 11am-1pm
THis activity was a booth with pamphlets at the Union. However, it wasn’t any old boring booth with information that people just grab; it also had a fondue station. I was really excited to stop by because, let’s face it, I love sweets. I loved that they had marshmallows and graham crackers that you could dunk under the chocolate, they were delicious. Not only was I excited to stop by this booth for the food, but I was curious about the information that they had available. In this century our lives are so focused on the media and that has created numerous problems for people. One of these problems is body image. With all of the commercials and advertisements these days with stick thin models girls often get a distorted image of themselves. I personally love my body. I work out 5-6 times a week because it feels great and I love the way I look, but I would be lying to you if I said I never had a negative image pass through my head. There has been multiple times where I catch myself thinking, “O, if this was just a little bit thinner here.” Also, looking at those Victorias Secret magazines doesn’t really boost a girls confidence either, but I know that I am healthy and at a good weight and size for my body. I thought that having the info booth/fondue as one of the activities was great idea. Hopefully, because it was in the Union which is very public, that people saw other people going to the fondue and information and that encouraged them to do it also.
Date: February 28th
Today I attended the bonus opportunity, in which I stopped by the Eating Disorders informational booth in the Memorial Union to learn about some facts on eating disorders. I personally am very happy with my body and LOVE eating food, so even though attending this booth was of no use to myself it was actually very informational because I have a friend with an eating disorder. It was really nice to read about the signs of how to recognize one. Hopefully with the new information I learned by attending this booth that I can maybe help her to recognize it herself.
Date: February 24th
Last Friday I chose to attend the Attend “Living Through Violence: The Oncebay Textile Family” Photography and Textile Exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Photographs documented what happened in Peru during one of its most violent period in history from 1980 to 2000. Looking at these phototgraphs made me feel such pain inside because I could just see the hurt that these people were experiencing. There were pictures of tortures, serious crimes, and assassinations. Going to this exhibit was very moving and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Activity: Visit the ND Museum of Art -Winged Shadows Life Among Birds Exhibit
The challenge that I chose to do today was to go to the Art Museum on the University of North Dakota’s campus to visit the Winged Shadows Life Among the Birds Exhibit. When I first got to the museum, I really didn’t know what to expect. The painting were really fun to look at. Some of the pictures I had to spend extra time looking at since they would have so much detail and many different aspects to the paintings. There were several pictures that a giant bird with a fisherman in its mouth. I thought those were very interesting to see, maybe birds are better fisherman than humans are. Another aspect of the exhibit that I found interesting was the fish nets filled with a bunch of electronics, it made me think of how human technology is destroying our natural environment. I really enjoyed going to the museum.