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  • aurecfit 1:58 PM on May 8, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: , , hiking, outdoors, running, summer, washington dc, wellness   

    5 Outdoor Exercises That Aren’t Running 

    Capital Bikeshare across from Katzen Art Center

    It’s that time of year again: say goodbye to the freezing temperatures, puffy jackets and sweatpants and say hello to gym shorts, muscle-t’s and sunshine!! After a long hibernation it can be hard to leave the nice weather and go workout in the gym, so here’s five ways to take your workout outside in the sun!



    Outdoor gyms are a great way to mix up your workout. In Rock Creek Park, next to the Cleveland Park exit, there’s a series of stations that look like playground equipment, with instructions on how to use them for your workout. Take a friend and think of it like going to a playground for grown-ups!


    Capital Bikeshare makes it easy to bike all over D.C. since the bikes can be rented and returned to stations all over the city. Nervous about biking in traffic? Take a bike down to Rock Creek Park, around the monuments or across the bridge to the Mount Vernon trail in Arlington! 



    The great thing about body weight exercises is that the only piece of equipment they require is you. Mix it up with squats, inchworms, jumping drills, push-ups, burpees, an abs circuit, bear crawls, or anything else you can think of!


    Kayaking on the Potomac


    The Key Bridge Boat House in Georgetown opened April 15 and offers a generous student discount. Rent a kayak or paddle board and paddle up towards the monuments, or around the river for a break from the city!



    Right near AU there is the Glover Archibald hiking trail with multiple entrances and exits (namely the two where it crosses Massachusetts Ave) that stretch from Tenleytown to Georgetown.

    Glover-Archbold Trail near AU

    Looking for something new? Check out the Theodore Roosevelt Island Nature Preserve trails just across the bridge from Georgetown via the Mt. Vernon trail. Or wander the 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail starting along the canal in Georgetown and stretching into Maryland.



    No matter what you decide to do, remember working out outside comes with new challenges. Plan ahead how much water you’ll need to bring, let a friend know where you’re going and when they should expect you back, and don’t skimp on the sunscreen. Most importantly, have fun and embrace the return of Vitamin-D!!

    Julia Baldwin, Wellness Ambassador

  • aurecfit 6:47 PM on April 24, 2017 Permalink
    Tags: , exercise, , , recfit, sleep, stress, wellness   

    5 How-To’s to Reduce Stress During Finals Week 

    During the last two weeks of the semester, procrastination among college students reaches an all-time high. This is the time of year you will find students studying late in Club Lib, consuming large amounts of caffeinated drinks, and shuffling through loads of papers.

    Stress is not inherently bad when it is maintained at a healthy level. Being at the ideal level of stress keeps you on your toes and motivates you to study for your exams and finish your final papers. When you can function at this level, you are able to push yourself to do your best without exceeding your stress level. Unfortunately, external factors outside of studying for exams can increase your level of stress! Here are five tips along with some fun events to reduce and maintain a healthy stress level during finals week…IMG_1310

    1. Exercise

    Short exercise breaks can help relieve stress, socialize, and burn off the extra sugary calories you may consume. Take a jog downtown, ride your bike, do yoga or attend a RecFit happy hour class! Exercise helps you focus, it gives you additional energy, and it releases endorphins to make you feel better.

    Consider attending group exercise May 1 – May 7th, all classes are free!


    1. Eat Nutritious Meals and Snacks

    We often eat even more unhealthily during finals week than they do the rest of the semester. In a time crunch, we go for quick, tasty, on-the-go foods and mindlessly munch away until we are left with an empty package. This is a big mistake! Junk food gives you instant energy or a sugar high, but it affects your concentration and memory and will end in a food coma or sugar crash.brianFFF

    Eating nutritious foods will energize you and increase your concentration and retention. Check out the healthy vending machines around campus for more nutritious choices. If you’re choosing snacks from your kitchen or TDR, fruits and vegetables are best; they have the required vitamins and nutrients to prevent sickness and give you energy!


    1. Catch some Zzz’s

    Everyone has different sleep habits, but it is never healthy to pull an all-nighter. If you do, make sure you have time to take a nap so you get the sleep your body needs. Sleep will improve the quality and retention of studying, even though you may have less study time. Less is more.

    1. Prioritize & Plan

    “Failing to plan, is planning to fail.” If you start studying without a plan, you are likely to focus on the wrong material or get distracted. Plan how to allocate your time and what to study.

    Stop by the Stress Fair, April 27th from 10-1pm on the Quad! AU RecFit and other campus partners will be tabling about stress management, playing lawn games, and loving dogs on the quad!


    1. Ask for Help

    Don’t afraid to ask for help! If you do not understand what to do or study, ask someone. You could speak to your professor during office hours or talk to your friends and classmates. Not to quote High School Musical, but we’re all in this together. Your professor wants to see you succeed and so do your friends!

    Incorporating these steps into your routine during finals week will help you manage stress in healthy ways. Remember to stay calm and take everything one step at a time. Finals week is marathon, not a sprint!

    We hope to see you at our final’s week program “Release the Beast” on May 2nd from 2-5pm. Drop-in anytime to Cassell Fitness Center studios for meditation/relaxation, aromatherapy, and DIY trail mix to make as some nutritious study snacks!

    Best of luck,

    Bobby McCabe, Wellness Ambassador

  • aurecfit 7:45 PM on March 21, 2017 Permalink
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    Two Simple Steps Toward a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle 

    In this day and age, it can be extremely difficult to maintain everyday activities that benefit your collective heart health, however, this guide will help you adapt your habits in order to achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle.


    • Eat whole grains and beans
    • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables
    • Eat vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds
    • Eat fatty fish and avocado
    • Limit fatty animal products

    A few whole foods that you can commit to eating, which will drastically improve your heart health are oatmeal, brown rice, salmon, almonds, spinach, and berries. These foods contain specific substances that are crucial to maintaining heart-healthy lifestyle. Some of these substances include:

    • Omega 3 Fats
    • Whole grains
    • Soy Protein
    • Soluble Fiber
    • Fish Oil


    For optimal heart health, the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise throughout the week. Three 10-minute sessions during the day can also be just as beneficial as a half-hour exercise session. Some activities to help improve your heart health could include:

    • Walking
    • Stair Climbing
    • Biking
    • Swimming
    • Elliptical Machine
    • Zumba
    • Yoga

    In addition, your heart-healthy exercise plan should include both aerobic exercise and anaerobic exercise. Aerobic exercises get your heart rate up, and help to strengthen your heart and lungs. Anaerobic exercises like weight-lifting, help your body accumulate muscle which allows your body’s metabolism and immune system to function more efficiently.

    Heart-Healthy Facts

    • On average, every minute you walk extends your life by 1 ½ – 2 minutes
    • Regular physical activity and a healthy diet can help prevent you from depression and arthritis
    • Physical activity helps prevent bone loss, and improves coordination and balance
    • Increased levels of physical activity reduce the risk of many aging-related diseases
    • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical inactivity is the top heart disease risk factor


    Julia Snegg, Wellness Ambassador

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