Connect with Us Virtually and Stay Active - for Free!
Even though the CSU Rec Center facilities are limited right now, you can still be active and healthy with us at home! We have lots of offerings and resources to keep your body moving and your mind operating in tip-top shape (with more on the way!). Explore below and check back frequently as we continue to add more activities for your virtual, at-home arsenal!
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We have a literal PLETHORA of brand new virtual programs and events coming your way over the next few months! With so many options, there really is something for everyone with more in the works. Stay active with us and experience so much of what you love about the CSU Rec Center remotely this Fall!
January–March | Free! | Sign up here...
Some of the best convos happen over a cup-a-joe! Our new Coffee Talks series is dedicated to sparking conversation and connecting you with people who share your interests in a laid-back, conversational [virtual] setting. Each 30-minute Coffee Talk will feature guest speakers engaging you with tutorials and thoughtful discussion on a variety of topics geared towards students and young adults. Topics include car maintenance 101, investing basics, personal finance, healthy living, history of Cleveland, and more! Sign up in advance to receive the Zoom link & password.
- April 21; 10am: Basic Car Care: Maintenance, Troubleshooting Common Issues, How to Change a Tire & More
January–May; 6pm | Free! | Email Brooke Hokes to join...
In today’s climate of pandemic restrictions, there’s never been a better time to get outside in nature! These interactive discussions will give you ideas and tips for exploring the great outdoors – even during winter! Tune in and shoot the breeze with us!
- April 22; 6pm: Earth Day – Make Earth Day every day! To celebrate Earth Day this year, our Adventure Rec team will talk about how to be more environmentally-conscious in your everyday life, with tips on recycling, composting, "going green" and more.
- May 10; 6pm: Beginner Camping Tips – Are you new to camping and don’t know how to get started? If so, this convo is for you! We'll share must-know tips for camping beginners, including what gear. you need, meal planning, and choosing a campsite.
14-Day Outdoor Adventures Challenge
April 12–25 | Free to join! | Email Brooke Hokes to sign up!
Register to receive our newsletter filled with resources, tips, and benefits of getting outside into nature! At the beginning of each week, a newsletter will be sent out that includes information about how outdoor recreation is crucial to positive physical, mental, and social health, as well as tips to help you build healthy habits that take you outdoors and info on areas to explore in Northeastern Ohio.
April 27 - May 4 | Free!
Run, walk, or jog to the finish line – just maintain at least 6 feet from your fellow racers! The Isolation Nation Virtual 5K is a fun way to be active and competitive from your own home or neighborhood. Complete a 5K wherever you like – outside or inside – at any time during the race period and track your time using your fitness tracker or running app. Then, simply submit your completion time and see where you rank. $75 overall winner; 100 Rec Rewards points for all participants. Learn more here...
We’ve launchied a series of at-home workouts you can do right from your living room! We walk your through each exercise in the workout, providing form cues and modifications, making it easy for anyone to follow along, no matter the fitness levels. Videos are posted daily on our Facebook and Instagram pages (links below). Full workout and exercise descriptions can be found on our CSU Rec mobile app (Apple | Android)
- Time Crunch Crusher (cardio total body workout)
- 200 in 20 Workout #1 (cardio/total body workout)
- Intermediate Ignition (cardio/total body workout)
- Leg Day 16 (lower body workout)
- The 100s Workout (total body/benchmarking workout)
- Ninja (core workout)
- Burnout Basics (upper body workout)
- Quick Burn (total body workout)
- Superman 15 (upper body workout)
- Slow Burn (lower body workout)
- Fast and Furious (cardio/total body workout)
- Beginner Core (core workout)
- Overdrive Core + Cardio (core/cardio workout)
- Beginner Blast (total body workout)
- The Linchpin (core workout)
- Core Workout w/ Pillow (core workout)
- Leg Circuit w/ Chair (lower body workout)
- Treating Yourself. After long or intense periods of high stress or hard work (like studying for finals or prepping for a big meeting), it’s important to give your brain a break. Get some fun ideas for ways to relax, unwind and treat yourself from our very own, Kristen Soinski!
- Study Breaks. Final exams are next week and we know you all are buckling down to study which is fantastic but it’s also important to take breaks during your study sessions. Tune in as Melissa discusses several different ideas for effective study breaks. Find the one (or two or three!) that’s right for you!
- What Are Carotenoids? Dives into the topic of carotenoids in the diet and why they are a critical part of your nutrition. Learn how these powerful antioxidants can improve mental health, lower risk of disease, and where you can find them!
- Sleep Hygiene 101. Having trouble sleeping? Do you toss and turn all night? Kristen Soinski, Graduate Supervisor of Fitness & Wellness at the CSU Rec, discusses a little bit about how sleep (or lack of) can affect your daily life, and shares some tips you can use to improve your quality of sleep.
- Guided Meditation. Take 10-15 minutes out of your day to focus on mindfulness and peace. Sinead will lead you through a guided meditation to center yourself and help relieve stress.
- Managing Stress During Change. Change can be difficult as we have to adjust to something new, especially when it's unexpected. However, change doesn't always have to come with stress! Join Kristen Soinski, Graduate Supervisor of Fitness & Wellness from the CSU Rec for a presentation about managing stress and pick-up some tips and tricks to build resiliency and lower stress during times of change.
- Exercise Snacks: Sneaking in Movement to Combat Excessive Sitting. On Monday, March 30th, Melissa Albers, Assistant Director of Fitness and Aquatics for the CSU Rec Center, hosted a LIVE presentation to discuss the concept of "exercise snacks" and the importance of incorporating movement or exercise snack breaks in our stay-at-home lives, sharing tips, tricks, and sample movements you can do from your home. (Missed the live presentation? No problem! You can view it on Facebook!).
We’ve taken group fitness into the virtual realm, offering a variety of live fitness classes! Take a look at our robust schedule and our university partnership schedules HERE!
Keep Your Mind Healthy, Too!
It's important to take care of your mental well-being as much as your physical health. Below you can browse a growing compilation of helpful articles, activities and information from the CSU Rec Blog and other resources to help you take care of your mental health and make mindfulness a regular part of your daily life. Exercise your mind as much as you exercise your body.
Body Rotation. Take a few minutes to relax, clear your mind, and relieve some stress and anxiety. This short meditation will guide you through scanning your body to identify points of tension you may not even notice, and help release that tension so you can feel more relaxed. Simply find a comfortable seated position and hit the play button!
Do Nothing for 30 Seconds. Psst...are you feeling anxious right this moment? Maybe a bit stressed? Or a little overwhelmed? Take just a moment right now to bring calm to your mind. Pause what you're doing and simply DO NOTHING. Don't think–just breathe.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Need a moment to relax? Try this 1-minute progressive muscle relaxation exercise to begin to recognize how you feel when tense vs. relaxed. Give it a try, then take a few moments to rest in a relaxed state before resuming your day.
Breath & Rain. Taking as little as 30 seconds–1 minute to simply breathe and clear your mind can help ease stress and anxiety. Use this short video to guide you through a few moments of mindfulness relax your mind a bit. Quiet your thoughts, close your eyes, and focus on a few deep breaths.
Cook a New Healthy Recipe. One of the main factors affecting your health is the food you put in your body. But healthy eating doesn't have to be boring! Take some time this week to find a new healthy recipe and give it a try - you may just find a new food favorite!
Spend Some Time Outside Each Day. With the weather getting warmer, it's the perfect time to start focusing on getting outside! Take your laptop and work outside, take a nap in the fresh air, exercise outdoors, or simply bask in the sunshine. Even if it's just for a few minutes, spending time outside will improve your well-being!
1-Minute Push-Up Challenge! How many push-ups can you do in 1 minute?? Push-ups are an excellent full body exercise with lots of variations and modifications to control intensity. So...ready for the challenge?? Give it a try, then post your results and tag some friends to challenge them!
Read 10 Pages in a Book. Any day is a good day to do a little reading. Fiction, non-fiction, magazine or blog article, make it a goal to spend a little bit of time reading each day.
What Brings You Joy? What brings you joy and happiness? It doesn't have to be something big, just something that's meaningful to YOU! Today, focus on a couple of the joyful things you have and notice the postive and happy feelings they inspire in you.
Plank Challenge! How long can you hold a plank in good form? Elbows under shoulders, core engaged, flat back, hips parallel to the floor, and up on your toes – give it a try! Then post your time and tag a friend or 2 to challenge them (tag us, too: @clestaterec)!
Gratefulness Challenge: 3 Things What are 3 things you’re grateful for today? Taking 3 minutes each day to write down 3 things you’re thankful for can increase your happiness. By taking time to consciously express gratitude, we remember that the things we have in our lives, big or small, are what we should be grateful and happy for. This exercise involves us thinking of positive thoughts which can increase happiness. Are you ready to take the challenge? Start today and give it a try!
Remind Yourself to MOVE! Do you find yourself sitting more at your desk or on your couch as you settle into work-from-home or remote learning life? It’s time to get moving! Set reminders on your phone/device to get up and move-and-groove! Have fun with it and use songs for the alarm tones, quote song or movie lyrics, or use a variety motivational quotes. How you do it, remind yourself to move – your body and mind will thank you!
Unplug for 1 Hour Feeling overwhelmed by all the news, emails, and notifications hitting your phone or device? Technology is everywhere and research has shown that it can increase stress, anxiety, and restlessness, and negatively impact our sleep patterns. Try unplugging for an hour today (and every day) and enjoy the quiet to clear your mind and focus on the present.
Furry Friends Challenge Did you know that pets can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize? Regular walking or playing with pets can even decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Our furry friends can also help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. Studies have even shown that the bond between people and their pets can lower stress and bring happiness to their owners. Have a work-from-home co-worker or a remote learning furry friend? Tag @clestaterec in a social media post or story and let’s see those animals!
Take a Walk Tuesdays Whether you walk to get in your steps, use it to clear your mind, or just to get some fresh air and sunshine, GET OUTSIDE and move! During this crazy time – or anytime you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed or cooped-up – it's important to schedule time for physical activity. It doesn't have to be long either! A short walk around your neighborhood or a nearby park will do the trick. And feel free to snap a picture of the landscape, a flower or animal you see, or just yourself outside in the sun, and tag @clestaterec in your social post or story!
Extreme Close-Up Game
These items are ready for their close-up! But can you tell what they are?
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Find the Difference Puzzles
Can you find all 5 difference between the two images?
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4/15/20 Puzzle | Answer • 4/22/20 Puzzle | Answer
4/29/20 Puzzle | Answer • 5/7/20 Puzzle | Answer
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Guess the Image Puzzles
Can figure out what the distorted image is?
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4/16/20 Puzzle | Answer • 4/23/20 Puzzle | Answer
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- "8 Tips to Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep" Your sleep habits can significantly impact your daily productivity, physical and mental health, and your overall quality of living. These 8 sleep hygiene tips are simple things you can put into practice right away and reap the sleep benefits! Read more...
- "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...
- "5 Tips to Help Boost Your Productivity While Working from Home" Working from can be quite a change for people who may not be used to it. We have composed 5 tips to help boost your productivity while working from home, and also build helpful at-home work habits. Read more...
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- "Why Not Take Our Recommendation!?" Looking for new ideas for things to do while hanging out at home? Take some ideas from the CSU Rec staff! Read more...
- "I Am Grateful Challenge" Practicing gratitude has been shown to have a number of positive impacts on stress levels and health... Read more...
- "The Benefits of Self-Care Skin Care" A nourishing skin-care routine can be both refreshing and rejunenating! Read more...
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- "The Emotional Benefits of Outdoor Activity" Studies have repeatedly shown that being outside can elevate your mood and boost self-esteem, and reduce depression and stress. Read more...
- "Is More Sleep Better Than More Exercise?" There isn't much debate that both sleep and exercise have wide-randing benefits. But is one more beneficial for your health? Read more...
Looking to continue your specialized one-on-on fitness training? We’re now offering virtual personal training to our current client base. These sessions are just like in-person sessions, with a trainer guiding, motivating, and holding you accountable through the entire workout. Virtual sessions are done over FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or whatever platform works best for you and your trainer.
Interested in getting started with virtual personal training but not a current client? Reach out to Melissa Albers at email@example.com for more information and to reserve a spot!
Achieving optimal health for yourself is a continuous journey, and we're here to help light the way! Our wellness initiative, Shine Well, will help you explore the many facets of wellness and find ways to incorporate them into your life. Explore each web page to learn more about the dimensions of wellness, the benefits of each, and start crafting a more well-rounded wellness lifestyle.
You can also find some tools to help you set health and wellness goals, and a daily planning worksheet to create your own customized plan to integrate all aspects of wellness into your life. Plug in to your well-being and shine your brightest! Start exploring...
We want to continue rewarding our loyal patrons for staying active and healthy while being safe at home during these uncertain times. You can "check-in" daily to earn 10 points/day, PLUS earn 25 bonus points each for completing different healthy actions! Simply do the actions, follow the link to submit the self-reporting form of your completed actions, and you're all set! And be on the look-out for new actions to be added to continue being rewarded over the next few weeks! Learn more...
Please consult your physician or healthcare professional before starting this or any fitness program. By performing these exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. If you should feel any pain or discomfort at any time during this workout stop immediately and contact your health professional.