Fitness and health are often equated to time spent at the gym.  Yet, for many people, the gym seems intimidating, which can lead to an avoidance of the gym and exercise in general.

This doesn’t always have to be the case. While going to the gym might help achieve your fitness goals faster, it doesn’t have to be the only option.  

Another option could be just one activity, or it can be as many as you’re interested in. You can find an alternative to the gym in every game and sport that you can choose from. 

A lot of people start out playing all these sports and games as children, even without a proper team, but tend to grow out of it. That doesn’t have to be the case. 

Swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, or whatever game draws you can be your alternative. Often, they don’t require a team, or even very much time. As a college student, you are likely busy, but even twenty minutes a day is a good start. 

Too often, we tend to forget that all these all count as exercise and start to believe it’s the gym or nothing. Just getting a start, getting interested in an activity and starting to move towards a healthy and fit lifestyle is something to be proud of. 

You don’t even need to be good at sports either, just find some other beginners or friends to play some casual sports with. Join in a volleyball game outside of Morse Hall or join an intramural team.

The recreation center on campus offers free fitness classes throughout the week like yoga and Zumba. These are typically posted in the recreation center lobby. 

If the gym interests you, but you just aren’t sure where to start, you can even try out a personal trainer. The recreation center also offers sessions with personal trainers, and you don’t even have to make a commitment of more than one         workout.

Start towards your fitness and health goals whenever you can find the time. If you don’t like working out alone, you can even try to find a workout buddy to keep you company and help motivate you. 

Get started, get moving and believe in yourself. You can do whatever you put your mind to.

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