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Rec Ramble came out with a new episode on October 22nd! In this episode, Lily and Sarah talked about their survival guide to Zoom University. The Outreach Assistants know that this semester is an adjustment to what everyone is used to. However, we might as well lean into this situation as a community!

The hosts opened up the podcast with a fun segment called “You Can’t Do That!” Sarah asked some of the Rec employees to submit some of the oddest rule-breaking scenarios that they have seen at the Rec. Sarah once saw a little kid build a fort out of weights in the weight room! Luckily no one was hurt… but you can’t do that!

The hosts then proceeded with some fascinating facts about “Zoom fatigue”. This kind of fatigue is defined as feeling worn out with having to be “on” all the time during the many virtual meetings we endure each day. It is hard to feel on top of your game all day while on the computer, so Lily and Sarah gave some tips on what works for them!

Sarah suggests scheduling in 5-10 minute breaks between meetings so you don’t have to stare at a screen for hours at a time. Lily suggests eating breakfast and taking walks around your house in order to get your energy up! Remember, we live in uncertain times right now so it is important to take care of yourself and give yourself some grace! 

Tune in for more tips about surviving Zoom University. On the next episode, the hosts will talk about the awesome rock climbing wall and everything that the department offers! We even get some input from patrons during our fun segment “Would You Rather: Rec Edition”. 

To stream the episode, search for Rec Ramble on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other major streaming platforms. Make sure to tweet us at @csurec what your favorite part of the episode was and let us know what topics you want to hear us speak on!

Coming Up Next: Rec Ramble will discuss Zoom fatigue and study strategies that have worked for them.

Why We Rec

Hey Rams! We are excited to introduce our new blog series “Why We Rec”! Its purpose is to inspire and give hope to you all. There will be more Why We Rec content across the board, so keep an eye out on social media! In the meantime, check out our first installment with pro-staff Taylor Sidore!

This pandemic has been crazy for a lot of us and trying to find ways to make the most of what we’ve got is important. Pro-staff Taylor Sidore gave some insight on why being active is so valuable right now. 

 

For Taylor, working out has really helped her through the pandemic because it was already a piece of her identity and she already utilized being active as a form of stress management. Now, she says that’s more important than ever. Having an intrinsic value of your body and mind is crucial, and taking the time to nurture that has really helped her. 

 

Even though many of us, including Taylor, still feel the stress that this pandemic has caused, working out helps to minimize it. It helps create a routine, which is one reason Taylor says it’s so important. She says working out should be fun too… it shouldn’t add to the stress. So whether that means hitting the Rec center, going for a jog, or learning a new TikTok dance, finding a way to be active that makes you happy is just as important as simply being active. 

 

While pro-staff may not be able to use the Rec as they did before the pandemic, Taylor has still seen all the great things happening on the floor. First and foremost, following the new guidelines is an easy way to keep you and your fellow Rams safe, so no one should feel bad about working out in a mask. It’s all about finding and doing the right exercises for you and your comfort level, says Taylor. She also points out that people shouldn’t come to the Rec because they feel like they have to work out, but they should come to “stay healthy in the sense of being happy while you’re moving”.

 

You heard it here first, Rams. Come have fun with us at the Rec!

Lexi Broz has been a part of the fitness world for most of her life, playing volleyball and basketball all through her primary education. When she came to CSU, she wanted to continue being healthy and fit but was not sure how to do so without the motivation of a sport. That’s when she discovered the Rec’s group fitness classes. Starting off as a participant, she loved the group setting. she found that she could become a group fitness instructor and jumped at the chance! Since her sophomore year, Lexi has been leading classes with the same excitement and fervor that she had when she was a class participant. 

Her passion for fun fitness is what drives her, and since the pandemic that hasn’t changed.

“I think I’ve actually become a little bit more involved, and I wanted to find ways to put classes out there so that people could work out when they were at home”

That being said, the transition was “initially kind of shocking”, she says. With strictly virtual classes on Instagram live and YouTube, she found it a bit hard to stay motivated without being surrounded by others. But now that we are back on campus and able to host outdoor group fitness classes, she is loving it. 

 

Group fitness still comes with its challenges, though. We are in the middle of a pandemic, after all. When it comes to the virtual side of things, “Of course [it] has all the technical difficulties” Lexi said. Between Instagram lives occasionally crashing and YouTubes strict music regulations. Being outside is great, but sometimes weather prevents classes from taking place, or last-minute location changes throw some people off. The bumpy ground isn’t ideal for kickboxing, one of the classes Lexi teaches. “It can create different motivation challenges for teachers and participants”. Other than that, she says it hasn’t been too difficult to make things work. The fresh air and open spaces make it a fun and exciting new experience. Life gave Lexi some weird lemons, but she is still out here making lemonade. 

 

Some of the most successful changes to group fitness has been outdoor cycling classes. “That was one option that we didn’t really have with all the online stuff,” she says. Not everyone has a spin bike, let alone the same exact one as the Rec. But with the beautiful Colorado weather, the class is packed! “Giving people that option again I think has been really successful”. 

Overall, Lexi would say that group fitness during the pandemic creates a real sense of accomplishment. The lack of motivation so many have felt during the pandemic melts away after going to a fitness class. And for Lexi, she’s excited to be around people again, seeing both new and returning faces.

Interested in group fitness?

 Check out their site here, and make sure to stay updated with the weekly schedules!

With the semester now in full swing, school has taken over our brains. From keeping track of due dates to making sure you are in the right Zoom class, it’s all anyone can think about. That being said, it’s important to remember to take care of the organ that makes it all happen: your brain. September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center has some food for thought when it comes to preventing this disease.

About Alzheimer's

First, let’s talk about what Alzheimer’s Disease is. Alzheimer’s affects the brain and causes inflammation, plaque build-up, and increased cell death. The outward expression of AD can present itself in many ways, including changes in thinking, memory, and motor abilities, as well as in behavior and personality.

Food Fight!

Luckily, there are ways you can lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s through your diet! The KRNC has a whole blog dedicated to the “MIND” diet. The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet has been shown to slow down the process of cognitive decline by including foods that are known to be protective against this disease. The diet also warns against foods to limit and avoid, although dietitians say the MIND diet should be used as a guide to encourage the consumption of brain-boosting food groups. 

 

Here are the KRNC’s tips for MINDful eating:

  1. Be bold with berries (2 or more servings per week)
  2. Load up on leafy green vegetables (at least 1 serving per day)
  3. Focus on healthy fats (1 or more servings of seafood per week)
  4. Build your plate around grains and beans (3 or more servings of whole grains per day, 4 or more servings of beans per week)
  5. Limit meats and sweets

Recipe of the Month

Looking for new recipes? The KRNC has you covered with their recipes of the month! Check out this month’s savory salmon patties.

Welcome back Rams, we are so excited to have you back! Though this semester may look a little different than what we are used to, Campus Rec is committed to providing you a healthy, fun environment to RECreate in! That said, here’s how the Rec is currently operating:

New Normal

At CSU, Rams take care of Rams, and the Rec is no exception. This semester we are requiring all patrons to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Check-in is now touch-less, so remember to bring your RamCard to swipe in! We have sanitizing stations placed throughout the Rec and ask that you continue to wipe down equipment before and after use. We also have rearranged our equipment to accommodate social distancing guidelines and expect patrons to respect the 6-feet of distance. We have also lowered the total building capacity to 175 people (including Campus Rec staff). To see capacities for specific areas and a live building count check here.

Access

Our doors are once again open, so the Rec is also requiring that you complete the daily symptom checker before entering the building. Our hours can be found here, and for any unexpected closures check out our socials, @csurec on Twitter and Instagram, as well as @csucampusrec on Facebook. Due to the current building capacity limits, The Rec is only open to students. Meaning there are no faculty/staff, spouse/partner, alumni, affiliate memberships, guests, day-passes, day memberships, or tours. Part-time students can still purchase a membership using a credit card or RamCard. Click here or more information on memberships. 

Locker Rooms

We want you all to stay healthy and feel comfortable working out at The Rec. Both Men’s, Women’s locker rooms as well as the All Gender changing rooms are available for changing and restroom use only (showers are unavailable). The lockers within the locker rooms aren’t up for grabs, but good news: the day-use lockers located outside of the locker rooms are available for use.

Program Areas

Each program is running a bit differently these days. Fitness classes will be taught outside the Rec and in the MAC gym when necessary. Remember to register online before attending your class! In-person sports clubs will be taking a backseat this semester due to the pandemic. Find out more about sports clubs here. But hold your horses, or should I say Rams, because select intramurals are still happening! Check out their website for more information. The aquatic center is closed for the foreseeable future, however  CPR classes are still available. 

Campus Rec has got your back during these weird times. We hope you can still find healthy ways to enjoy being active at The Rec. Together we can make it through these unique times. Welcome back and have a great semester!