The Economista: Fit and Fierce @ Brown


Welcome to The Economista! Brought to you by your first-year blogger/new best friend Karine Liu, The Economista is a blog for the budget-conscious Brunonian! Check back here each week for the tips and tricks that’ll have you rolling in your own sea of green out on the Main Green. Enjoy!

Welcome new and old Brunonians alike to a new school year! A new school year is like a second New Year’s: the perfect time to make those resolutions to kill the college game for the first, second, third, or last (aw) time. And if you’re one of the many people who had “Get off couch” as a resolution back in January, here’s three ways that you can start the year off with a bang and break your fitness rut without breaking the bank!

  1. The Nelson is your friend. 

Cost: $0

Benefit: Unleashing your inner triathlete

The recently renovated and insanely gorgeous Nelson Fitness Center really deserves all the hype and is very much worth the cross-campus trek. Ole Nelly is the facility of your high school gym teacher’s dreams: treadmills, ellipticals, and gym machines galore, with a dedicated cycling room, two recreational rooms, AND a larger than life pool. For the fitness buffs and newbies alike, the Nelson has so many options for you to find the type of exercise that makes working out (even at 8am in the morning) fun. It’s got the utility of an expensive gym for the price of a whopping nothing.

  1. Yoga and Mindfulness (YAM): stretch your body, your mind, and your dollar

Cost: $3 encouraged donation

Benefit: Being able to touch your toes and levitate

Whether you’re looking for a more guided form of fitness or your body’s feeling tense from the 3+ hours you spent sitting in the SciLi basement hunched over a computer, Yoga and Mindfulness (YAM) is a Brown resource that you should definitely take advantage of. A student run organization centrally located at the Hillel, YAM holds classes of all different types and for all levels of yogis. From Candlelit Vinyasa Flow to ShaLOM Yoga, you can find a class that works for you, your schedule, and your wallet. Skip that morning coffee run and subsequent afternoon crash and head over to Hillel for some mind and body peace throughout your whole day.

  1. Get swinging, popping, or karate-chopping

Cost: $0

Benefit: Learning a new skill/move to show off at parties

The clubs of Brunonia are just as diverse as its student body, and amongst these clubs are those that can help you run from Pembroke at 9:57am for that 10am class in MacMillan without gasping for breath. Clubs like The Swing Club, the Ballroom Dancing Club, DAEBAK (a K-pop dance group), or even the Tae-Kwon-Do Club are all perfect (not to mention free) ways to get in that Michelle Obama-approved hour of physical activity, while also meeting people who aren’t just in your classes or dorm and learning a total impress-everyone-back-home skill! So read Morning Mail and sign up for those listservs; your body and your wallet will thank you!

Ultimately, your fitness goals are up to you, but hopefully these tips about how students stay fit at Brown for cheap are the final push to pull you off your couch watching Scandal on Netflix and onto a treadmill watching Scandal on Netflix. Just remember to exercise safely and to have fun; you’ll be on your way to being fit and fierce! Stay healthy, Brunonia!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for any topics you’d like to see covered by The Economista, email me at! See you next week!


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