Snapshots of Brown: Exercise

Nelson Fitness Center

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  While that may be true, there is also a lot of value in the story behind the picture.  Let Snapshots of Brown with Corrine Szczesny introduce you to the majestic college campus and deep-rooted traditions of Brown University.

Staying healthy in college is not always easy.  There are dining options available on campus practically 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making it hard to avoid temptation.  This is especially true during stressful periods of the year, such as the last few weeks of the semester.  When I am at home, I know that I can eat healthy and spend time at the gym, but while I am at school, I become less motivated to do so.  However, this year, I made a conscience effort to add exercise to my free-time.

Brown offers several workout areas around campus.  The Nelson Fitness Center is a relatively new addition to campus with recreational facilities.  However, it is located near the athletic complex, which is a long walk from many of the dorms.  Although it may seem ironic to complain about walking while talking about exercise, I think for most people, going to the gym needs to be convenient.  Luckily, Brown has three satellite gyms: Bigelow, Bear’s Lair, and Emery.  These three gyms are located at three different dorms around campus.  Bigelow and Emery are located near the freshman dorms on both sides of campus.  The Bear’s Lair is located at the Graduate Center (which is not a dorm for grad students, despite its name).  This year, I live in Grad Center, eliminating my “I don’t want to walk across campus to go the gym” excuse.  Although I cannot make it to the gym every day, I make it a habit to go to the gym at least a few times a week.

If the gym is not for you, there are other opportunities for exercise on at Brown.  Some of these options include fitness classes, jogging around campus or though some of the surrounding parks, and even just walking downtown.  College Hill is actually quite steep, and it requires more effort than you might think to walk up and down the hill.  Finding the time to exercise can be a challenge, but staying healthy should be a priority.  Luckily, at Brown, there are plenty of ways to exercise, which makes staying healthy easier than you might think.

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