Staying fit and healthy can be a daunting task. Not only is there the time you have to dedicate to exercising and eating right, but you also could end up spending quite a bit of money to do it. Luckily, there are tons of ways to avoid high costs while still getting the best workout.
If you’re a student at UF, you have a free gym membership. All of the school’s recreational facilities are open for your use, including the pools and group fitness classes. You can sign up for as many classes as you want, just as long as you actually go in order to avoid being charged a fee. The gyms are open from early in the morning until late at night, so finding time to squeeze in a workout is no issue at all. When it comes to registering for classes, go to the rec sports website, and view the schedule, along with class descriptions. If you aren’t a student or recently graduated, you can still use the gyms on campus for a low membership fee, or purchase a visitor pass for $10.
When it comes to eating well, nutrition can be a hard thing to get down. In the Gator Well office at the Reitz Union, counselors can help you manage your eating habits, and give you a crash course in nutrition. The counselors also give out cookbooks with affordable, easy to make recipes, which can be a great incentive to get you in the kitchen. GatorWell also offers help with scheduling, sleeping habits, and stress management, which will all help you adjust to a healthier lifestyle. The counseling is free of charge, and by appointment only.
There are tons of places to run and work out on campus for free. A big hit is Ben Hill Griffin stadium. Whether you’re running laps around the stadium, running up and down the stairs, or doing your planks and pushups on the bleachers, there’s a workout for everyone. One popular activity is sunrise yoga. The stadium opens at dawn and closes at dusk, which gives students the chance to bring out their yoga mats and get in some stretches before the day really begins. The stadium is wide open and no ID is needed to enter.
Running along the many nature trails is another great activity. UF rec sports offers a hiking class, but for a fee of $25. If you would rather take the to the trails on your own, there are several to choose from. Running through the Lake Alice trail is a very popular spot on campus, but alligators do roam wild so make sure to vigilant! If you’re okay with driving to your workout location, the trails at Paynes Prairie are also very popular for getting in a quick workout.
Always make sure to ask about student discounts at gyms and supplement stores, and don’t forget your coupons when you go shopping for all the healthy new foods you’re going to try. Eating smart and being fit doesn’t have to come at a high cost, and the rewards will be well worth it!