Fitness opportunities on campus

By Brenda Ruedas

We can agree that the most wonderful time of the year comes with the best calories one can consume.

It is impossible to resist the traditional meals along with sweet homemade desserts.

Holidays have come to an end, but we’re left with a problem, unexpected weight gain.

It’s understandable. It happens.

The good thing is there are five ways to get in shape after the holidays within the Cal Poly Pomona campus, so there is no excuse to not work on your fitness.

This might not be the first time you gain those extra few pounds, but it can be the first time to make fitness fun.

At CPP you may register for a fitness class during the winter quarter and earn academic credit in which will improve your GPA.

Then, at the BRIC you may join a boot camp, zumba or yoga fitness class for free.

These fitness classes are exciting and will definitely make you sweat.

“I recommend a zumba class because if you start a group with friends, you enjoy it, or even if you go by yourself, you will end up liking the music,” said third-year gender, ethnic and multicultural studies student and zumba instructor at the BRIC Gisselle Verduzco.

“It will make you want to push yourself harder. When you like something, you get in the routine, and you keep the routine and it makes you stay healthy.”

“Students that attend are always happy with the workout and I keep them motivated,” said Verduzco.

Fitness classes are a fun way to exercise, relieve stress and also help boost your self-esteem.

If you’re one of those persons who enjoys playing in competitive sports then the following recommendation is for you.

Intramural sports are a fun way to get in shape because you have the opportunity to play in sports teams with friends or may establish new friendships with your teammates.

An intramural sport is beneficial because you are playing, reducing stress and having a great workout.

“Students should join intramurals because it is a cool way to get involved with campus,” said second-year apparel merchandising student, and member services attendant at the BRIC Emily De La Rosa.

“Since this is a commuter school, so people don’t really stay after their classes.”

“I feel like it is a fun way to get involved on campus plus, you get great exercise.”

“My roommate is out there playing right now she gets so much exercise during practice and during the games,” said De La Rosa.

This winter quarter the BRIC will include indoor basketball, dodge ball, indoor soccer, and volleyball for CPP students to join.

Students do not have to be athletes or know how to play a sport to participate in an intramural.

To continue the fitness motivation try applying different workout methods.

The best solution is to create an effective workout plan to keep you on track.

For instance, create a fitness plan, agenda, or journal with a variety of workouts you plan on accomplishing throughout the week at the BRIC.

To do a fitness journal, just write in bullet points the types of exercises you will do for each day throughout the week.

Examples of workouts can be swimming, running on the track, walking on the treadmill and using the stair masters.

Having a fitness journal benefits and helps you achieve your fitness goal.

It can motivate you to follow a healthy lifestyle.

Also, with a fitness journal or plan there is no need to hire a personal trainer because you have your own guide and notes to achieve the ideal weight.

Today is your quiz and you didn’t have enough time to study.

Now, your extremely nervous and anxious because it is worth five points of your grade.

Take a deep breath and walk around campus.

Walking in a fast pace to your class or from the school parking lot is an effective exercise.

It will reduce stress levels, boost up your energy and can help you become more alert during class or exams.

“Walking at a brisk pace may offer benefits such as lowering your high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strengthening your bones and muscles, helping you burn more calories, improving your fitness, and lifting your mood,” stated the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Make sure to walk 10 to 15 minutes a day because this will improve your health and make you feel more energized.

Don’t let your busy school schedule get in the way of achieving your fitness goal. There are alternatives to accomplish this without having to step a foot at the gym or outdoors.

This can be done in the convenience of your own time and space including your dorm.

A recommendation is to search fitness videos on YouTube or social media.

Fitness videos include effective routines of your interest.

Other important exercises to consider doing in your dorm are squats, push ups, jumping jacks, crunches, high knees, lunges, leg raises, wall sits, planks, sit ups and much more.

All of these contribute to toning up many areas of your body.

These workouts will give you effective results, confidence and lead you to a healthier living style.

It can be difficult to stay fit while going to school, especially after the holidays. It is not impossible to drop the unwanted weight and look your best. No matter which method you choose, create a positive mentality and set your mind to work hard for the results you want.

Any workout you choose will give you effective results, confidence and lead you to a healthier lifestyle

Courtesy of ASI

Any workout you choose will give you effective results, confidence and lead you to a healthier lifestyle

The BRIC offers several different workouts from swimming, running on the track, to cardio equipment

Courtesy of ASI

The BRIC offers several different workouts from swimming, running on the track, to cardio equipment

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