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The CSU Rec Blog

The CSU Rec Blog is a fantastic way to read about what's happening at the CSU Rec, as well as noteworthy news and info related to health, wellness, sports and fitness. Check back often for our latest updates, how-to's, and features.


Eat Right spelled in fruits and vegetablesJune 24, 2020

7 Popular Myths About Nutrition

There are countless sources of information providing health and nutrition tips. But many online articles spread (and capitalize on) misinformation regarding nutrition that is often misleading or outright untrue. We take on 7 popular nutrition myths and the truth behind them. Read more...


Sleeping man with good hairMay 15, 2020

8 Tips to Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep

It’s important to develop healthy sleep habits as sleep can have a significant impact on your daily productivity, physical and mental health, and your overall quality of living. These 8 tips to help you get a better night's sleep are simple things you can put into practice right away and reap the sleep benefits! Read more...


woman relaxing under a treeApril 20, 2020

5 Easy Ways to Make Going Outside a Priority

Don't let work or school work get in the way of getting outdoors! We have 5 simple suggestions that will not only increase your time outside but provide a nice break from your regular routine. Read more...


cluttered at-home work spaceApril 15, 2020

5 Tips to Help Boost Your Productivity While Working From Home

Currently, many businesses and workplaces are closed for regular business leading to numerous individuals working remotely from home. This can be an adjustment to say the least. We have composed 5 tips to help boost your productivity while working from home, and build helpful at-home work habits. Read more...


erasing stressMarch 25, 2020

7 Mindful Habits to Reduce Stress During Stressful Times Like These

With the current COVID-19 situation unfolding, it is understandable to have heightened stress and anxiety. To help, we want to provide tips to help reduce your anxiety during this stressful time (or any time). Read More...


thumbs upMarch 25, 2020

Why Not Take Our Recommendation!? 

Looking for new ideas for things to do while hanging out at home? Our very own CSU Rec staff have eclectic tastes and interests! So, we’ve compiled some of our go-to items and favorites to share and spark some new ideas for you to try out! Read more...


I am gratefulFebruary 21, 2020

I Am Grateful Challenge

Practicing gratitude has been shown to have a number of positive impacts on stress levels and health, including improved sleep, increased optimism and positivity, and improved self-esteem. This week, take on this gratefulness challenge and see experience the beneifts for yourself! Read more...


woman happy looking the mirrorFebruary 21, 2020

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Have you ever looked in the mirror and over-analyzed what you consider flaws? Everyone feels a little down in the dumps about their imperfections somtimes. But this should not interfere with your daily life. Learn a little bit more about what Body Dysmorphic Disorder is and some resources that can help you if you feel you may suffer from BDD. Read more...


healthy food displayFebruary 21, 2020

Nourish to Flourish

One of the most basic but often overlooked ways to show love to yourself and your body is the way we feed and nourish ourselves. While sweet treats and indulgences are certainly on in moderation, proper nutrition from high-quality foods is one of the most importants factors of a healthy lifestyle and feeling great. Read more...


man washing his faceFebruary 21, 2020

The Benefits of Self-Care Skin Care

When people typically think of self-care they think about the things they like to do in regard to their well-being and happiness. These things may include getting a massage or haircut, relaxing in a hot tub, or getting a facial. But if you haven’t thought about it before, consider this: the largest external organ of the body is the skin that covers it. So, it makes sense to take care of it! Read more...


couple happy working out togetherFebruary 21, 2020

Exercise and Stress

Self-love is taking care of your body – both inside and out – and that means managing stress. We all get stressed from time-to-time, but utilizing exercise to minimize stress can help prevent mental burnout, as well as prevent many the long-term physical effects. Read more...


cake with strawberriesDecember 4, 2019

Consider Cutting Back on Sugar

It can be quite difficult to limit ourselves when there always seems to be a surplus of sugary snacks surrounding us – especially around the holidays! So, here are a few considerations and alternatives to try out and put yourself on less-sugary-but-just-as-sweet path for the new year! Read more...


Financial Wellness LogoNovember 6, 2019

Financial Freedom Determined by YOU

With the holidays fast approaching, we can burn through our budgets a little quickly. At the Rec, we understand the importance behind taking care of ourselves in all aspects of our Shine Well program, especially when it comes to financial wellness. Read more...


Developmental Wellness LogoOctober 14, 2019

Developing Your October

At the CSU Rec, our main goal is to help you to be healthy and be well through many different programs, activities, and opportunities. One of the most important factors of your overall wellbeing is mental health, which is something that is often overlooked. Achieving optimal health for yourself is a continuous journey...Read More...


basketball layupOctober 8, 2019

6 Conditioning Drills to Help You Train Like a Basketball Star

Fall means basketball season gets under way, and if you live for the game like we do, you'll get a lot of benefit from these 6 conditioning drills to help you train like a basketball star.  Read More...


breast cancer awarenessSeptember 26, 2019

Think Pink: 7 Ways to Help Prevent Breast Cancer

With October right around the corner, we're all getting into that "fall feeling," but October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. We wear pink to raise awareness of the health risks and tips to stay ahead of the disease and support research for the cure. Here we have 7 Tips to stay healthy... Read More...


back to school on chalkboardSeptember 9, 2019

Beating That Back to School Feeling

With fall semester classes kicking off, we’re beginning to get that “back to school” feeling in full swing. With CSU’s Week of Welcome (WoW) festivities past us...Read More...
 


Shine Well logoAugust 22, 2019

The Pursuit of Wellness

Wellness is important for our health, personal growth, relationships, and overall quality of life. Throughout our daily routines, it is very easy to ignore healthy habits and pass up opportunities to make ourselves better. Shine Well focuses on... Read More...


Kettlebell on gym floorAugust 6, 2019

How Often Should YOU Be Working Out?

Many people are often confused on how much they should be working out, especially with a busy schedule. We did a little bit of researching to bring you the suggested amount of activity you should be doing to stay fit and healthy! Read more...


F45 class at CSUJuly 23, 2019

Our First F45 Experience

For our second class sampling, we tried F45. After our rigorous Bodypump class last time, we were a bit more prepared. Even with our preparation, we were still wildly worn out. Read more...


Cleveland Burger Week LogoJuly 17, 2019 

Cleveland Burger Week at the CSU Rec

As a way to kick off Cleveland Burger Week at the CSU Rec, we stopped by Hatfield's Goode Grub to try their $5 specialty burger, the "Rookie 'Bacon' Mayfield". Read more...
 


Walnut Wednesday Food TrucksJuly 3, 2019

Going WalNUTS for Walnut Wednesday

A few members of the CSU Rec Marketing team decided to check out "Walnut Wednesday," a lunch break special hosted by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance every Wednesday featuring food trucks, games, and music. Read more...


woman relaxing in hammock by lakeJune 26, 2019

5 Outdoor Activities to Fill Your Free Time this Weekend

If you find yourself looking for something to do this weekend, we've compiled a short list of outdoor activities to fill your free time. And the best part is many of these could all be combined in to 1 epic day spent outside! Read more...


Shake Shack ClevelandJune, 24, 2019

Shaking Up Cleveland Pride

A new Shake Shack just opened in downtown Cleveland in the midst of pride month and wasted no time in showing their support. So, we decided to check it out. Read More...
 


Bodypump class at the CSU Rec CenterMay 30, 2019

The Story of Our First Bodypump® Class

Bodypump® is a class that can challenge everyone, from beginners to even the most seasoned exercise enthusiast. Some curious and ambitious CSU Rec student employees decided to give it a try and see what it's all about. Here is their story... Read more...


cleaning equipmentMay 29, 2019

A Recap of Shutdown 2019

We accomplished A LOT this year during our annual Maintenance Shutdown, including new carpet and graphics installations, refinishing a number of hardwood floors, extensive painting, deep cleaning and more. Check out this recap of Shutdown 2019 to see everything we did to keep the CSU Rec Center looking shiny and new! Read more...


friends having a good time outsideMay 24, 2019

A Memorial Day for Memories Around Cleveland

Keep active this Memorial Day weekend and make some memories with family and friends! We've compiled just a few things going on around northeast Ohio, but be sure to check your local listings for even more cool things to do this weekend. Read more...


Man standing in front of lake and mountainsMay 21, 2019

The Emotional Benefits of Outdoor Activity

Soak up some sun, get some fresh air, or stop and smell the roses. No matter what, take advantage of all the emotional benefits of being in the great outdoors. Read more...
 


guy sleeping on couchApr. 24, 2019

Is More Sleep Better Than More Exercise?

There isn't much debate that both sleep and exercise have wide-ranging benefits and impacts on our day-to-day life. But is one more beneficial for your health than the other? Read more...


group of kids runningApr. 23, 2019

New Study Examines the Influence of Pedometers on Childhood Weight Loss

Finding the best way to help children lose weight can be hard if you don’t know the science behind the process. A new study presented in the ACE® Fitness Journal takes a look at the influend pedometers and wearable activity trackers can have on childhood weight loss. Read more...


F45 participants at the CSU RecApr. 17, 2019

CSU Rec Facility Feature: Safety First for F45!

In a facility like ours with tons of different things to offer our members and lots of multi-purpose spaces, it can be a delicate balancing act to ensure participant safety without inhibiting facility usage too much. Read more...


Michelle RiegerMar. 27, 2019

Working Against the Odds: How Being a Woman Doesn't Hold This Manager Back!

Risk Manager, Michelle Rieger, talks about education, career experience and how she is a successful professional after years of working in the field. Read more...


man and woman using Jacob's LadderMar. 7, 2019

CSU Rec Facility Feature: The Jacob's Ladder

Are you looking for a unique new workout that's high-intensity and low impact? Come try out Jacob's Ladder, located in the center of Cardio Row on the 2nd floor of the CSU Rec Center! Read more...


iced coffee with cream swirls - photo by Demi DeherreraFeb. 18, 2019

Coffee Options that Won't Derail Your Diet

If you're like many of us, we can't "officially" start our morning until we've had that daily cup o' joe. There are A LOT of coffee drinks out there to choose from, but as with many beverages, you may inadvertantly be sabotaging your diet and nutrition. Read more...


couple running outsideFeb. 6, 2019

4 Reasons Why Working Out Together Should Be a Relationship Goal

One of the easiest ways to show someone you care is spending time together, and a great way to do that is working out together. In addition to the physical and emotional benefits of regular exercise, working out together can also yield great benefits to your relationship. Read more...


Cleveland Police and CSU Club Dodgeball TeamJan. 22, 2019

CSU Club Dodgeball Challenges Cleveland Police for a Good Cause

Game On! On January 17th, an epic dodgeball match-up came to fruition between CSU Club Dodgeball and the Cleveland Police, all for a great cause - to raise money for Cops for Kids. Read more...


New CSU Rec turnstilesJan. 16, 2019

New CSU Rec Turnstile Is First Upgrade of Front Desk Renovation

CSU Recreation Services is excited to showcase our upgraded access control optical barrier turnstiles as the first upgrade that will ultimately see a complete renovation to our front desk and entry. Read more...


exercise goals checklistDec. 17, 2018

6 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Motivation Going Strong

When the motivation sustaining your New Year's goals starts to wane, use these 6 strategies to boost it back up and keep you moving forward. Read more...
 


gingerbread cookie with biteDec. 12, 2018

9 Tips to Enjoy a Healthy Holiday Season

This Healthy Holiday Survival Guide is packed with simple tips to help keep you on track this holiday season... Read more...
 


Thanksgiving table and mealNov. 19, 2018

Healthy Holidays: 6 Tips to Enjoy Thanksgiving the Healthier Way

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, but it can also be a tough time to maintain healthy habits... Read more...
 


women's club volleyball teamOct. 22, 2018

Women's Club Volleyball Bring Home a Championship!

A BIG congratulations to Cleveland State’s Women’s Club Volleyball team who brought home a championship on October 7th at The University of Akron! Read more...
 



Matrix C7XE Climbmill2018 Facility Features

See all the write-ups from our Facility Features series and learn a little bit more about some of the different equipment available at the CSU Rec Center! Read more...