Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental Center

Have you ever thought about taking a long weekend to go camping with some friends, but don’t have a tent? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to snowboard but didn’t know where to start? The Outdoor Adventures desk answers to all of these needs.

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Often, students forget that you can rent all different types of equipment through the outdoor adventure desk. The Outdoor Adventure Equipment Rental center rents out equipment such as boats, cookware, coolers, dry bags, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camping accessories, bicycles and even tailgating gear. A full list of rentable items can be found here. To rent something, all you need to do is show up to the Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental center desk and bring your Wolfpack One Card. Reservations can be made up to fourteen days in advance and equipment can generally be rented for up to 2 weeks. However, if you need a longer duration of time, we will try to work with you. The most commonly rented items include: boats, tents, sleeping bags, bikes and Enos. So, next time you are thinking about taking a trip with some friends and are in need of some equipment that doesn’t seem to be lying around the dorm, come check something out at the Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental Center.

Trips

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Outdoor Adventures also provides students with the opportunity to go on trips. Trips include activities such as sea kayaking, snowboarding, hiking and biking. Not only are these trips a ton of fun, but they also present benefits that equip students to excel on campus.

These trips allow students to get a break from technology and the hustle and bustle of school life and out into nature. This exposure to the outdoors relaxes and in turn refuels students who may be drained from endless study hours and other on campus commitments. According to Association of College Unions International, students who return from an outdoor adventure trip return with lower stress levels and reduced anxiety. So, if you start to feel overwhelmed or stressed by school consider taking time to “refuel” on one of our outdoor adventure trips.

Taking steps out of your comfort zone can boost your confidence. Sounds ironic, doesn’t it? Going on a trip through University Recreation allows you to try something new, something you never thought you would enjoy or even be good at. Then to your surprise, you realize that you were good at snowboarding, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding etc. Many students claim that there is a feeling of accomplishment and self confidence associated with learning new skills on these trips. Self confidence is important to have as a student because believing in yourself is the first step in convincing others, such as employers and teachers to believe in you as well. Instructors at Confidence Building Courses report that people with healthy self-confidence are generally happier and more satisfied with their lives than people who lack self-confidence. So join us on a trip and boost your self confidence while learning some new skills in the process.  

Find a new hobby. Personally, I never would have never considered Rockwall climbing as a hobby or something I would like. Yet, after attending a rock wall climbing trip through University Recreation I realized how much fun rock wall climbing is and I now go to the indoor rock wall with my friends weekly. Who would have known? And that’s just it: you won’t know unless you try. Explore your interests, college is a time to learn about yourself. You might find a hobby that you end up pursing for the rest of your life.

Come visit us today at the Outdoor Adventures Equipment Rental Center to sign up for trips and rent equipment. We are located on the first floor of the Carmichael Recreation Center and hours can be found here.

 

Go Wolfpack,

Kaley Moffitt

 


 

 

Running Tips

With leaves falling from the trees and crisp, cool air, fall is an ideal time for running outdoors. Whether you’re getting into running, getting back into running, or already a runner, being knowledgeable about the sport is crucial to being a safe and successful runner. Preventing injury and maximizing your workouts will put you on your way to a lifetime of happy running. As with any goal-oriented aspect of students’ lives, approaching running with knoScreen Shot 2015-11-04 at 5.49.38 PMwledge and tools to succeed is the key to improving as an athlete and reaching your goals, whether it’s a mile or a marathon.

PACE                                                                                                                              Only the runner knows what pace is best for him or her. Starting a run too fast tires you out quickly. Running with a buddy can help you keep up a steady pace and it is good to have moral support. Don’t get discouraged if you’re running with someone who is faster than you-every runner is different and whatever pace you feel comfortable at is a good pace. Also, keep your goals in mind. If speed is your main goal, look up a training plan or ask a fitness professional what sorts of workouts will lead to faster times. However, if distance is your goal, you’ll want to train in a different way, and pacing yourself is crucial to hitting your miles goals.

COURSE                                                                                                                                            Where you run makes a big difference in your workout. The surface you are running on, the incline of the ground, and the surroundings impact how challenging the workout is. If you want to have hills as a part of your run, then look for a course with varied incline. Along with making the run harder, incline helps to tone your leg muscles. If you’re looking for something easier, a track is always a good place to start. While the scenery isn’t the most interesting, tracks are flatter and softer than pavement. It also is fairly easy to keep track of distance on a track: each lap on a standard one is a quarter mile. Running on pavement or a track is a personal preference and there are pros and cons of each. Don’t forget that you can work on your running skills in the gym, also. Treadmills are extremely useful tools for runners. Make sure to add some incline and vary your speed to get the most out of a treadmill workout.Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 5.48.42 PM

NUTRITION                                                                                                                         A successful run is a well-fueled run. Just as a car won’t work properly on the wrong gasoline, your body won’t run its best without the right nutrition. Running is physically taxing, and eating nutritiously prior to and following your run will help you maximize on your workout. This article from The Starting Line has some easy and useful nutrition advice about topics including staying hydrated and shopping for healthy foods.

SAFETY                                                                                                                             Outdoor workouts have plenty of benefits, but also pose different safety concerns than indoor workouts. If you plan on running outside, make sure you do so during daylight hours. If you run at night, bright clothing can help you be visible to drivers. Vehicles pose a risk for runners during the day also, so be aware of your surroundings, look both ways before crossing the street, and cross at designated crosswalks when possible. There is also the risk of falling, so always keep an eye on where you’re running and have proper footwear. Also, it is smart to stay in fairly populated areas in case you are to need assistance. Running is a rewarding form of exercise that millions of people love, and is safe as long as you take precautions.

 

STRETCHING                                                                                                                    It is important to stretch prior to running as well as after. This Runner’s World article on Dynamic Stretching explains a series of exercises to do before your run. Stretching is often overlooked, but is a crucial aspect of preventing injury and being a successful runner.  As for cool-down stretches, check out this article about what to do following a run.

Join the University RecreatiScreen Shot 2015-11-04 at 5.50.21 PMon Run Club, which meets outside the Recreation Center on Monday evenings at 5:30. There’s the option of a 1-2 mile loop as well as a 3-5 mile loop, both of which are led by knowledgeable staff members who can help you along your running journey. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, UREC is here to help you succeed.

Run with The Pack,

Abby

Welcome Back Pack

Welcome back NC State! Coming back to school is chaotic, and everybody has a long to-do list. Between moving in, ordering textbooks, and figuring out where all of your classes are, there’s a lot to do. In all honesty, fitness is probably not the first thing on everyone’s minds. An active lifestyle is crucial to managing stress and staying healthy though.

Luckily, University Recreation has plenty of ways to stay active and it’s easy and fun for students to participate. University Recreation has daily classes, frequent trips and special events, personal training, and of course the gym. We know how stressful college is and we are committed to the health and wellness of students and have numerous programs to help the Wolfpack family stay fit.

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Group Fitness Classes

University Recreation offers a variety of unique Group Fitness classes. Certified instructors will guide you through the workout, and classes range in type and intensity. Some examples of classes include cycling, yoga, Cardio Dance, and H.I.I.T. You can find days and times of classes on the schedule. Don’t forget to sign up ahead of time on IM Leagues to reserve your spot. There are over 150 classes offered every week so there’s something for everyone.

Specialty Fitness Classes

If you’ve never heard of Specialty Fitness classes, it may be because they used to be called Small Group Fitness. These classes can cater to an individual’s unique fitness goals in a more personalized setting than Group Fitness classes. Specialty Fitness classes are taught by certified instructors with plenty of expertise to help you achieve fitness milestones whether you are trying to get in shape or stay in shape. More information on Specialty Fitness can be found here.

Carmichael Gymnasium

Carmichael is currently being renovated, but don’t let that scare you off from coming to the Recreation Center to work out. The Playground is at the top floor of the Recreation Center and is filled with a variety of cardio and weight equipment. The Recreation Center also has rooms where Group Fitness classes are taught every day.

Intramural Sports

If you’re looking for a fun way to stay fit and spend time with your friends or meet new ones, maybe you’ll enjoy participating in Intramural Sports. University Recreation offers league sports as well as special events. Some league sports include flag football, tennis, flag football, indoor soccer, and outdoor soccer. Several of the special events are cricket, pool battleship, and the Monster Dash. The registration periods vary, so be sure to check the schedule here for registration dates and event dates.

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Fitness Challenges

This fall there will be several fitness challenges hosted by University Recreation. The first is the Fitness Challenge: Pull-Up. It will be at the Recreation center on September 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The second is the Fitness Challenge: Outdoor Obstacle Course, which will be on Miller Field on October 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The third is the Fitness Challenge: Burpee and it will be at the Recreation Center on November 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures Trips

Our Outdoor Adventures department has a variety of exciting trips coming up this fall. If you need a change of scenery and a break from the stress, consider signing up for one of these adventures. The prices are all-inclusive and the trips are guided by a knowledgeable Outdoor Adventures employee. If you have questions about the trips you can stop by the Outdoor Adventures desk in the Recreation Center. The trips range in activities to accommodate different interests, including kayaking, hiking, yoga, and climbing. A few of the upcoming trips are: Yoga and Hike at Stone Mountain on Saturday, September 12 from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m, Day Canoe on Neuse River on Sunday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, and Linville Weekend Climb in Pisgah National Forest from Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20. These are just a few of the Outdoor Adventures trips offered this fall. You can find out more details about these and the other Outdoor Adventures trips here.

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Bench For Breast Cancer

If you like to lift, Bench for Breast Cancer is a great way to put your strength to good use for charity. This is the third year that University Recreation has hosted this event. Participants can register from Tuesday, September 1 until Thursday, October 22. Bench for Breast Cancer will take place on Saturday, October 24 in the Recreation Center.

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Good luck with the beginning of classes and don’t forget to join University Recreation to stay active!

Run with the Pack,

Abby

Healthy Study Breaks

 

Exams are here, and so is all of the stress that comes with them. Don’t forget that study breaks are a key part of productive studying. Here at University Recreation we have an abundance of ways you can give your mind a break while doing something fun that’s healthy for your body. Take some time off from the library and discover the exciting things University Recreation has to offer.

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At University Recreation:

GLOWGA                                                                                                                    You’ve probably heard of flow yoga, power yoga, and hot yoga, but have you ever heard of glow in the dark yoga? On April 30, University Recreation will have Glowga, a yoga class taught in the dark and lit with glow sticks. You don’t have to be a yogi to come to this event-beginners are welcome! Glowga will be at 8:30 p.m. in basketball courts 9-11. There are still a few spots left, and students can sign up on IMleagues.com.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES                                                                                                         NC State University Recreation also has an Outdoor Adventures department to accommodate a wide range of interests. Outdoor Adventures leads trips throughout the school year, so keep an eye out for the 2015-2016 schedule.DSC_0139

Equipment Rentals:                                                                                                     Planning an adventure with your friends during your exam week downtime? You can rent equipment from University Recreation Outdoor Adventures. Rentals include tents, kayaks, canoes, and more. Rentals are affordable for students and the Outdoor Adventures staff can answer any questions you might have. Going outside and getting active is a positive way to beat stress and clear your head. The Outdoor Adventures desk is located in the Recreation Center.

Climbing Wall:                                                                                                                         In our very own Carmichael Gymnasium there’s a rock climbing wall. The climbing wall is adjacent to basketball courts 9-11. Rock climbing is a fun way to be adventurous without trekking to the great outdoors. We have University Recreation staff who will help you learn how to rock climb as well as the equipment you will need.

GROUP FITNESS                                                                                                          Group Fitness classes are an excellent way to relieve stress and get a great workout. A wide variety of classes are taught at University Recreation to appeal all kinds of different interests. Classes offered include yoga, cycling, Zumba®, to name just a few.

Be sure to check our website for any changes to the Group Fitness schedule during exams and sign up for classes beforehand on IMleagues.

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If you like to do your own thing, Carmichael Complex is here to help students get active and work fitness into their busy schedules. The facilities include 5 workout rooms with cardio machines and weight equipment, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, an indoor track, two Olympic sized swimming pools, and tennis courts. You can rent equipment such as tennis racquets and basketballs also. Whether with friends or by yourself, there are so many ways to get fit here at University Recreation whenever it is convenient for you. Be sure to check the University Recreation website for the facilities’s adjusted summer hours.

CENTENNIAL CAMPUS                                                                                                             If you’re at Hunt Library studying, consider getting some fresh air and studying outside. University Recreation has a disc golf course as well as recreation fields at Centennial Campus. There is also a 2.5 mile trail to take a walk or run around the scenic Lake Raleigh and surrounding campus. Along the trail there are five different stations where you can stop and do quick strength workouts.

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Aside from all of the incredible things University Recreation has to offer, there are hundreds of fun and healthy study breaks you could take around NC State. Lake Johnson, Lake Wheeler, and Pullen Park are nearby. There are miles and miles of trails to run, walk, and bike. Exams are stressful, but taking study breaks that are healthy for your mind and body will recharge you. Take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and all of the fun things there are to do in Raleigh!

Good luck and happy studying!

Run with The Pack,

Abby

Training for a 5k

As the weather gets warmer and the sun comes back out, the spring is 5k season. From road races to trail runs, there’s a huge variety of events to participate in. Maybe you think running a 5k sounds fun but don’t know how to go about training for one. Or, maybe you’ve never considered yourself a runner but are open to trying something new. People often say that they “can’t run”, when in reality they have just never properly trained. The distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) is manageable if you train, but overwhelming if you aren’t prepared.

If you aren’t a fan of running, consider that running has many health benefits. Research done by the American Heart Association shows the benefits of running vs. walking. They found that the the risk for diabetes in runners was decreased by 71%. They also examined other forms of vigorous exercise besides running. Some health benefits were seen, but not the massive reduction in diabetes risk that was seen as a result of running. These long-term benefits will help you throughout your whole life.DSC_0780

Running also is a really efficient form of exercise. It is a cardio and toning workout that will elevate your heart rate in a matter of minutes and torches calories fast.  Vigorous exercise is vital for a healthy lifestyle, and research done by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology states that it is more beneficial to workout vigorously as opposed to moderately. So, while a brisk walk, yoga class, or hike is good for your health, a run is even better.

Not only is running beneficial for your physical health, but also for your mental health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which improve your mood. So, sacrificing some time and energy for running will benefit you later on in the day.

Just in time for the plethora of spring 5ks, URec is starting up the University Recreation Run Club. This running group will meet on Monday evenings at 5:30 on the pavement beside the Rec Center (the building where PCJ and the Playground are). The URec Run Club started meeting on March 16. Runners of all levels are welcome. The group will split into two: the runners who want to go between 1-2 miles and the runners who are interested in 3-5 miles. Runners who attend 5 times throughout the semester will get a University Recreation water bottle. You can sign up beforehand at IMleagues.com or are welcome to just show up. There is even a University Recreation staff member who waits with the runners’ belongings while they run so they do not have to carry their things or rent a locker. There are both male and female runners of a wide range of ages who attend. The University Recreation Run Club is an excellent way to challenge yourself and connect with fellow members of the Wolfpack who share a similar interest and common goal. You can accomplish so much by coming to the University Recreation Run Club. You can find a sense of camaraderie as everyone is facing a challenge, and you can encourage and be encouraged. You might even end up having some new friends along with all of the immeasurable physical and mental benefits of running.Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 8.39.52 PM

On the days you aren’t running with the URec Run Club, here are some tips to get your running life on track:

One way to get started (or restarted) as a runner is to make a schedule for several days a week. Make sure to alternate between faster and slower and longer and shorter runs. Incorporate short sprints into your runs also.

Change up your scenery. Not only does it keep things interesting to run in different locations, but choosing paths with varied inclines challenges your body. Runners dread hills, and for good reason, but they are excellent training for your endurance as well as your leg muscles.

Run with a buddy. It’s safer and more fun to run with a friend. Talking while running also helps you gauge how exerted you are. If you can easily say full sentences, you might want to pick up your pace a little bit. If it’s a struggle to speak at all, though, that’s an indicator that you’re really exerting yourself and maybe should slow down.

Focus on consistency, not speed. People often start out their run too fast and have to stop and walk partway through. A steady pace will help you from getting burnt out at the beginning of your run.DSC_0777

During a race, it’s hard to not compare yourself to other runners. Remember, though, that any progress is great progress. You won’t become a marathon runner overnight. Increase your endurance incrementally and always remember that the only time to beat is your best time.

Run training can be done indoors as well as outdoors. Treadmills for indoor run conditioning can be found in multiple locations of our facilities. There is also an indoor track in Carmichael Recreation Center on the second floor.

Hope to see you at the University Recreation Run Club on Mondays!

Run with the pack,

Abby

 

Group Fitness Spotlight: Cardio Dance

Here at University Recreation there are more than 150 Group Fitness classes every week. From yoga to kickboxing to Zumba to TRX, there’s something for everyone. Group fitness is a fun way to keep up a healthy and active lifestyle and challenge yourself to try something new.

Getting a sufficient amount of cardio exercise is crucial for a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Research shows the importance of cardio. The International Journal of General Medicine conducted research and found that working out regularly decreases your risks for diabetes, cancer, and depression. These physical and mental benefits improve health and quality of life. According to the American Heart Association, we all should be exercising for a half hour every day, on most days of the week. That sounds pretty easy, but it can be really difficult as a college student to fit in time for workouts!  We get overwhelmed with class, homework, jobs, clubs, and friends. Putting aside an hour to work out often seems unrealistic. If you love the workout, though, this task is easier.DSC_0599

One popular Group Fitness class is Cardio Dance. This fast-paced, energetic class where you’ll torch calories without even realizing it. It’s a great class to bring friends to. Don’t be intimidated if you’re not a dancer, the routines are easy to pick up and the moves are basic. The class is 55 minutes with a cool-down at the end and water breaks throughout.

Cardio Dance is taught on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-8:55 p.m. in Studio C on the second floor of the Rec Center. I have attended a wide variety of Group Fitness classes as a student here, and Cardio Dance is by far my favorite. It’s so fun that it doesn’t feel like a workout, but it’s rigorous enough that it is still a beneficial workout. The music is relevant and upbeat, and the atmosphere is fun and laid back. I went to the class for the first time this year this past week and loved it.DSC_0611

The instructor started by welcoming everyone and it was clear that the room was full of people who were excited about the class. We got started with an upbeat song right away. At one point the instructor split the room in half and we had a dance battle, which added variety. She also snuck in squats and lunges to the choreography for muscle toning. At the end we cooled down and stretched, which is an important part of any good workout.

Afterwards I talked to the instructor Becca, who teaches on Monday nights, and asked her a few questions about teaching Group Fitness.

University Recreation: How long have you been teaching this class?

Becca: This is my second semester teaching.

UR: Why did you choose to teach Cardio Dance?

B: When I was a freshman my friend brought me along to Zumba. I started the process [of becoming an instructor]. I’ve loved [Cardio Dance] as a participant and even more as an instructor.

UR: What’s your favorite part about teaching Cardio Dance?

B: Meeting all the participants.

UR: What advice would you give to someone trying this class for the first time?

B: Let loose, I make a fool out of myself. It’s a judgment free zone; everyone’s at different levels.DSC_0613

Don’t forget that you have to sign up for Group Fitness classes online now at imleagues.com to reserve your spot.

Hope to see you on Mondays and Wednesdays at Cardio Dance.

Run with the pack,

Abby