Stadiums (also known as running bleachers/stairs) offer more than just seats and concession stands, but the perfect destination for students to workout no matter the season. Stadium workouts combine the cardio of running with bodyweight exercises that help build strength and endurance. The combination provides students with a full-body workout without having to leave campus or bother with clunky machines.
Cardio alone will not keep the freshmen 15 away. Bodyweight exercises build lean muscle with strength training while adding other health benefits along the way. The types of stadium workouts are vast thanks to the variability of bodyweight exercises, but choosing the exercises is crucial.
If you’re new to the stadium workout or found it too overwhelming to try, consider these three tips to get the best out of your next routine.
- Find a partner
Like any fitness routine, stadium workouts are more bearable when a friend or partner is there to cheer, sweat and cry alongside you. Exercising alone can have many negative impacts on a fitness routine, especially injury. Look for someone who will motivate you to reach any health or fitness goals you may have and later surpass them.
2. Choose the right exercises
Finding the right exercises for a routine can be a little daunting once you consider how many there are to choose from. Don’t let the amount of exercises discourage you from continuing with a routine, but simply search for bodyweight exercise routines that already exist. Routines vary by fitness levels and time frames so everyone can find one that is right for him or her.
3. Pick a time of day
Although the majority of students struggle to balance time for classes and work, finding the time to workout is easier than it seems. Besides off-campus jobs, students spend most of their time on campus typically in class, at the library or dining with friends in the food court. Now, with stadium workouts on the rise, students no longer have to leave campus to workout. Usually, a stadium is accessible at all times of the day and part of the night. The important part is finding what time is best to workout at the stadium once you consider class, work and the stadium’s availability.
With the help of these three tips, a healthier lifestyle is yet another step closer.
Here is a glimpse into a typical college student’s schedule: class, study, work, study, eat, study, sleep, study.
Not surprisingly, students struggle daily to manage their time in ways that would most benefit them. Whether it’s scheduling school, work, volunteer or club events students are losing more and more time to focus on themselves.
Every student should understand the importance of finding time for themselves. Think of it as time to relax and restore your selfdom. Consider this mantra: If you feel good, then you’ll do good. A college life demands 99.9% of students’ attention and it seems like you might not have additional time for yourself, but I’m here to tell you there is time. (Make note of that 0.01% of time that wasn’t mentioned.)
Keep in mind that time for yourself is not limited to fitness and could include reading, meditating, watching TV, etc. But why wouldn’t you want to do something that gets the heart racing and the blood pumping?
The following workout routine can be modified to fit any student’s schedule and fitness level.
100 jumping jacks
3 minute air cycling
30 leg lifts
1 minute plank
Repeat 3-5 times
The workout routine above is quite simple and takes little time to complete. The number of rounds and the type of exercise performed can vary according to any student’s preferences and time. I hope everyone understands what that means, but for those of you who don’t let me explain. NO EXCUSES. Now any student can find time for themselves and add a beneficial workout to their rather busy schedules.
One of the key objectives behind A Slender Gator is to provide free fitness to students by way of activities, classes or at-home workouts. Like most cities, Gainesville has a variety of opportunities that offer people the ability to exercise for free. An opportunity I have recently taken with friends is Yogalates In The Park, which is a free class taught on Saturday mornings downtown at the Thomas Center.
For those who don’t know, yogalates is an exercise regime that mixes yoga stretches with pilates moves. (And no, it is not a yoga class that provides free lattes.) Another way of looking at it is that yogalates is an engaging exercise that combines the calming, soothing atmosphere of yoga with the muscle-strengthening techniques of pilates.
Yogalates In The Park is free of charge but there is an option to give donations to the instructor. Typically, the class begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts for about an hour or two. The instructor incorporates her own instructions and procedures for the class, but also includes the student’s preferences, such as targeted body exercises.
If you are new to the practices of yogalates, bear in mind that if you start a class in the middle of the season the exercises will be very challenging and hard to complete. Like any exercise regime, yogalates has different levels and requires the body to work up to each level. For instance, I am new to yogalates and after my first class my body was sore for at least three days. The exercises were hard to maintain for a certain amount of time because I didn’t have any arm or core strength like the more experienced members of the class.
However, don’t let the challenging aspects of yogalates discourage you from trying out a class. The notion of a free fitness class should be motivation enough to attend but, if it’s not, think of the lean, toned body you will have within a few weeks of taking yogalates.