Is the gym too crowded? Don’t want to pay to go somewhere else? Don’t like working out with other people around? Or just looking to break out of that boring gym routine? There are plenty of ways to work out without going to the gym.

Running and walking outside is free and the best exercise there is, plus you can do it anywhere! For example you can go up into town, between North and South Campus, and/or the Gordon Natural Area behind R lot!]
Love swimming, but don’t know where to go? Swimming works out the whole body and can be done for free on both North and South campus




Hollinger Pool







South Campus Pool





Courts on campus, there is basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts on campus that students can use for free!
  • Basketball – Get some people together to play a pickup game or just go and shoot the ball around. South Campus, in the Lawrence parking lot, the Recreation Center, and across the street from Wayne Hall are all places you can play. You can barrow a ball from the Recreation Center, with your student ID.
  • All equipment can be checked out from the Recreation Center, Room 133, Ehinger Gymnasium (Purple Gym).
  • Tennis – Across the street from Wayne Hall.
  •  Volleyball – The Village on South campus has a sand volleyball court or you can borrow a portable volleyball set from the Recreation Center with your student ID.

 Don’t forget about your video game systems. If you have a Wii, Xbox Kinect, or PlayStation Move you can buy work out and/or dance games to get you moving in the comfort of your dorm or apartment!

 Workout videos are a great option if you just want to work out in your dorm or apartment. Some can be found through on demand, Netflix, or YouTube. These vary from Ab workouts to cardio and Pilates or Zumba.

You can also do the following exercises at home:

  • Pushups
  • Jump rope
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Wall sits (sit up against a wall on an imaginary chair)

Or you can try GymFree for some more great ideas and instructions for gym free exercises, types of work outs, and nutrition advice!

Next week,  be on look out for 30 Day Challenge events. The 30 Day Challenge gives students free opportunities to work out and challenge themselves to exercise at least 3 times a week, for 30 minutes, for 30 days. Check out Kickboxing on Monday April 2nd at 4pm in the Sykes Aerobic Room and Piloxing onMonday, April 9th at 7:30 in Sykes Ballroom A.

Written by Julia Kane, Peer Educator