Forget the gym; go outside and exercise

By Nikki Duggan
April 17, 2008

As I’m walking back from my 3 o’clock class, I can hardly contain my excitement. It’s finally springtime and the temperature outside is getting much warmer and the weather is much nicer.

Usually at this time, I’m planning out the rest of my day. When am I going to go to dinner? When will I start my homework? What time should I take a break so I can get my workout in at the gym? This usually comes between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. so I can get up there when it’s not so crowded.

Everyone who goes to the gym knows how much of a pain it is to try to get a treadmill or an elliptical to work out on. It’s like an ongoing battle. They are all full and you stand around and stand around until somebody finally gets off, then BAM! Everyone races to grab that available machine. I feel like it’s never me though. I usually stepped out for a few seconds or am too busy talking to someone. Either way, it’s such a pain. That’s why I always go at night, so I don’t have to deal with this problem.

But that’s not going to happen today. Nope. I am so excited because it is finally nice enough to run outside! Thank God, because personally I hate that stupid treadmill. I feel like I don’t get anywhere. And if it’s not running on the treadmill, it’s running endless amounts of circles around the track in the gym, which is just as much of a pain. It is definitely so much better to take advantage of this weather outside than to stay cooped up in the gym.

Anyone who works out at the gym should definitely consider running outside instead of on a machine. Run around through the streets of Wayne and through Radnor. If you would rather not leave school and run that far, just run around our campus. There are plenty of roads and hills on our campus that create an excellent environment to get a good run in.

If you are someone who would rather take part in a sport outside but are not involved in a team, get involved in the intramural programs here. There are a number of different sports to pick from including soccer and lacrosse. These are always open to students anytime.

Get a group of friends together and play football up on the old lacrosse field. Get out a frisbee and throw it around with people.

There is so much to do once the weather gets warm. Pretty soon we will be out of here and off to go home for the summer to work and you might not get as much time to work out as you do at school. Take advantage of the time you have now and enjoy it.

I’m just thankful that I don’t have to wait until 10 p.m. at night now to run.

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