Classic workout rut syndrome happens to the best of us. If staying in shape is starting to feel a lot like a chore, it might be time to switch up your routine. Break the rut with one of these Iowa activities!
WALK/RUN BY THE IOWA RIVER
Fall weather is finally making its way to Iowa City, and we love it! It is now possible to walk to class without breaking a sweat. Better still; when you are in the mood to break a sweat, the great outdoors doesn’t seem like such a bad place to workout. Try mapping a walk or run near the Iowa River for a workout with the added benefit of beautiful autumn-induced red-orange-yellow scenery.
JOIN A STUDENT ORG
Student organizations provide a great way to meet people on campus. There are a number of great organizations for students interested in athletics, here are a few to get you started!
• University of Iowa Ski and Snowboard Club: http://uiowa.orgsync.com/org/uissc
• University of Iowa Yoga Club
• University of Iowa Sailing Club
Full list of University of Iowa Student organizations here: http://uiowa.orgsync.com/
HIKING: Hiking is a great workout and provides a great way to enjoy the weather and the scenery. If you have a time to kill, consider taking a trip out to Coralville for a hike.
Coralville Reservoir – Linder and Squire Points: http://www.rei.com/guidepost/detail/iowa/hiking/coralville-reservoir-lin…
Plan your own Iowa hike with trails.com: http://www.trails.com/toptrails.aspx?area=10057
VOLUNTEER: Not only can volunteering be an exciting way to workout, it feels great to give back to your community. Activities like dog walking and planting are great ways to break a sweat and it will feel great to lend a helping hand. Consider donation your time to these Iowa City based organizations.
• Iowa City Animal Shelter (Dog walking): http://www.icanimalcenter.org/indexs.html
• City of Iowa City Stormwater Volunteer (River and creek cleanups):
City of Iowa City Volunteer Information: http://www.icgov.org/default/apps/gen/volunteer.asp
Stormwater Group Facebook Page:
BE AN IOWA TOURIST: This is a perfect activity for a weekend without plans. Grab some friends and take a day trip to a place in Iowa that you have never been. Spend some time walking around and enjoy your day!
Example trip: The Amana Colonies: http://amanacolonies.com/
Plan your own trip: http://www.traveliowa.com/
5k’s, Marathons, and Races
• Ponseti Races: http://www.uiortho.com/races/ (October 6th 2012)
• University of Iowa Pump and Run: http://recserv.uiowa.edu/Apps/Programs/FitnessPrograms.aspx (pdf document on Rec Center website, click on “Pump and Run Brochure”) October 6th, 2012)
• ZTA 5k: http://www.zta5k.racesonline.com/ (October 21st, 2012)
PICK-UP GAME AT COLLEGE GREEN
Let the games begin! There are tons of parks on the Iowa campus, Plan a pick-up game with your friends and take advantage of the crisp fall weather while you still can. Have fun while shaking things up with a competitive edge—and may the odds be ever in your favor…
GAMES TO PLAY: Basketball, soccer, tag football, ultimate Frisbee, etc.