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Earth Lovers: Reasons To Get To The Gym

Today’s shower time: last night – very very short – under 3 minutes (OK, I must admit I didn’t wash my hair. I have to run early today so the real challenge will be after that run.
The shower situation: ran from the gym to a meeting and then FINALLY ate dinner – then I had time to shower
Why you should come back tomorrow: It’s the last day of the challenge!

I rarely go to the gym. I prefer to run outside or practice yoga – in a studio or at home. I usually only go to the gym when the temperatures are in the single digits. I always thought running in the cold would be scary but I actually enjoy it – before my fingers freeze and after they thaw post run.

I had an article in yesterday’s Daily Illini about how people should focus on nutrition before exercise. I hope this didn’t keep people away from the gym, because as I was leaving today (I had to do speed work for half training and that’s much easier on a track) I saw a great sign. The university’s Campus Recreation is promoting a greener way of life. Take a look here!

If you don’t get around to it, here are some of Campus Rec’s tips. Check them out, and remember, it just takes one small change to make a big difference:

  • Eat organic and local foods.
  • Shut the water off while brushing your teeth and shaving (something I’ve been doing as of late).
  • Don’t leave refrigerator doors open (even if you plan to put something back in 30 seconds later).
  • Turn lights off when you leave the room.

I cannot believe the three minute shower challenge is almost over. That means two weeks have flown by! A lot has happened in that two weeks, and almost everything has been positive. I cannot thank my friends and family enough for their support. I’ve received so much feedback and have seen such incredible ideas. As a reward, my parents and sister don’t have to put up with such long showers anymore.

The ending of the challenge also means graduation is nearing. I cannot believe I’m going to have a college degree in less than one month. It’s crazy but exciting. I’ve had a great college experience, but I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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Alissa is finishing up her senior year at the University of Illinois, and is majoring in journalism with a minor in cinema studies. In addition to working for campus media and Champaign-based publications, Alissa has had reporting internships throughout Chicago. When she's not writing, she loves to read, run, practice yoga and cheer on the Illini. Alissa is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and I Pride. Alissa fully embraces the idea that she'll be close to broke next year but will save whatever she earns to keep traveling with her family and boyfriend. She loves almost every big city and changes her mind daily between living in New York City, D.C., Chicago and Miami.
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