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Get Out of the Rec: How to Take Your Workout Outside This Spring

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and school is almost out! With finals around the corner, it can be a challenge to find the time to fit in a workout. We get it- you’re busy. And dragging yourself to the Rec to do the same boring elliptical workout this time of year just isn’t cutting it. But with such nice weather and summer upon us, there’s no reason to let the stress of finals prevent you from a really great workout! So close your books, put down your pen, and take a study break OUTSIDE. That’s right TCU collegiettes™: here are a few alternatives to get you out of the Rec this Spring semester!


1. Worth Hills Trail (aka “The Greek”)

Almost 3 miles long, this trail loops around the Worth Hills Greek housing and is a great starting point for those just hopping off the elliptical. Relatively flat, you can run one loop or continue around for an extra workout. The one hill on campus is found on this trail, but it’s one heck of a workout.


2. Amon G. Carter Stadium

One of the best-kept secrets on campus, the Stadium is a perfect option if you’re looking to change up your traditional stationary workout in the Rec. Whether you’re working your legs, arms, or butt, the Stadium stairs are a great way to increase your heart rate while giving your body an unusual workout that your muscles aren’t used to. The Stadium is typically open all week- so what are you waiting for? Go work those glutes!


3. The Neighborhoods

Since we practically live next door to them, the nearby neighborhoods surrounding TCU are often overlooked. They are perfect if you’re feeling a long, easy run. With so many winding streets, there are countless places to run. No matter the season, the neighborhoods are full of picturesque houses set back from the street. Families with small children and dogs can usually be spotted along the route. If you’re craving a change of scenery, this run may be for you.


4. The Trinity Trails

A favorite among TCU students, the Trinity Trails are minutes away from campus. The Trails stretch for miles in both directions, offering a perfect change of pace (literally) from the boring treadmill or elliptical. Run alongside the Trinity River mid-morning while people are walking their dogs, or run later in the evening as the sun is setting. You’ll see the most spectacular sunset. Definitely not something you can get at the Rec!


These are only a few of the many alternatives waiting to be explored once you take a day off from the boring old Rec. Take advantage of the nice weather and remember to take a breather while preparing for finals. When in doubt, lace up those running shoes and go explore. There are so many new places that haven’t been discovered yet! So collegiette™ frogs, what are your suggestions for getting out of the Rec? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram today! 

Emily is a contributing writer for Her Campus TCU and a sophomore English/Political Science double major on the Pre-Law track. She is a northerner with a newly discovered obsession with sweet tea, large t-shirts, and anything southern. When she's not worrying about her future, Emily enjoys watching marathons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix, discovering eclectic coffee shops that bring out her inner hipster, and contemplating the true meaning of the word "srat". Oh, and she has a fish named Christian. 
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