If the weight room and cardio room aren’t enough, here are some ideas to keep you in shape all year:
Run with the Dean: Even if you aren’t sure you want to participate in the half marathon, this is a great way to stay in shape and have fun doing it. It’s a nice study break, too, and will give you the energy to power through the rest of it. Participating also allows you to be more acquainted with the area around Trinity. It’s a good way to find out where good (and safe) running trails are near campus.
Get a membership at the YMCA: The Y offers an abundance of classes and programs, and they have more equipment than Trinity does. A membership could be worth it if you plan on being consistent with your exercise.
Tennis courts/sand volleyball courts: Grab some friends and make use of the extra tennis courts and the under-used sand volleyball courts. Make it a weekly event. It’s a good way to get some sun and have fun with your friends.
Intramurals: Can’t find friends to play pick-up games? Join a team! Or gather your own pick-up team and participate in intramurals. Channel your competitive nature and compete year-round in the numerous sports that Trinity has to offer.
O-Rec: Bored on weekends? Join O-Rec. They are bound to keep you busy with their outdoor adventures. Backpacking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and horseback riding are just a few of the trips already planned. Oh yeah, they plan everything for you; all you have to do is sign up.
Pools: Take advantage of the hot weather and dive into the indoor or outdoor pools to get some exercise. Bust out those goggles and do a few laps; it’s also easy on the joints. If you don’t know how to swim, use a kickboard; you will still get a good workout.
Club K.O.: This kickboxing gym will kick your butt into shape, and its high-energy classes aren’t time consuming. Can you think of a better way to relieve stress? The first class is free, so there is no pressure to join right away.
Sign up for P.E. classes on campus: The classes offered here are always fun – even the 8 a.m. yoga that you don’t want to get out of bed for. These one-hour courses are a fun break in your packed schedule, and it will keep you going all day. You can even learn a sport you’ve never had the opportunity to try — Or pick up some dance moves that you can show off later.
Sign up for a mud run/color run: These courses are always worth it in the end. Many of the races will send you workouts that you can do on your own to prepare for the big race. And who wouldn’t want to be covered in mud/paint when you sprint to the finish line?