Getting involved at the rec

Eric Dudgeon, freshman in open option, lifts dumbbells at the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex on Jan. 20, 2016. (George Walker | The Collegian)

The “new year, new me” goal is at the forefront of many college students’ minds this spring semester. New Year’s resolutions are often focused on being more active. It can be all talk, but when it comes down to it, how long will those who are all talk “walk the walk?”

Check-ins on Facebook to facilities with “gym” or “fitness” in the name drop 10 percent in February, according to Rachel Bachman’s article, “The Week Your New Year’s Resolution to Exercise Dies,” in The Wall Street Journal.

Denise Simonds, administrative specialist at Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex, said that 2,366 students were going to the Rec in the fall of 2014, and in the spring of 2015 there were 2,971 students. She said indoor activity goes up after the first of the year due to cold weather.

Avory Stegman, 2015 alum, said he got the most out of his campus privilege fees while he was a student. The fees are included in tuition “to support a variety of non-instructional student-service activities,” according to Student Governing Association’s website. These services include Lafene Health Center, the Student Union, Counseling Services and the Rec Complex. Stegman said he tries to workout six times a week, but when class is in session, it may be three to four times a week.

Maria Chavez, senior in criminology, said she maintains a healthy lifestyle amidst her studies.

“You have to make it a priority,” Chavez said. “Setting a routine is essential. I try to go every other day, but it’s also important to listen to your body. If you are completely drained from the stresses of school, sleep in.”

Stigma said he recommends getting involved in a fitness community. He plays coed intramural basketball and said it is fun and not super serious.

K-State offers a variety of spring intramurals, such as basketball, racquetball, tennis, dodge ball, indoor soccer and more. Students can set up a team and compete in different divisions, including fraternity, sorority, residence hall, independent, co-rec, and faculty and staff groups, according to Recreational Services’ website.

Group fitness is another fun way to avoid the machines and equipment, and it develops a sense of community and involvement that may help give you a boost, Simonds said. All group fitness classes, such as Zumba, Pilates and more, are free to K-State students and Rec members.

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