Ditching the couch potato lifestyle

For the countless New Year’s weight-loss resolvers, “That Fitness Thang” might help kick start a semester of healthy exercise habits. Formally called “Aerojam,” “That Fitness Thang” will take place next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the HKC Recreational Sports Center multipurpose room 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Assistant Director of Wellness Mindy Oden said the makeover comes with a name appropriate to college stress-related ambiguities. She said it was designed to attract more student attention.”We’re doing something a little different this year,” Oden said. “It’s called ‘That Fitness Thang’. It’s just like when you say, ‘Are you going to that fitness thing?’ That in itself generates.” Oden said the different group fitness classes offered by the HKC will be demonstrated in short segments on Wednesday. “All of our group fitness classes will be demonstrated that night,” she said. “Actually, it is a pretty good time slot demo – they’re going to be 15 minutes and for two hours -from 6 to 8 p.m.-people can work out.” Oden said in addition to two hours of exercise, participants can pick up free giveaways like T-shirts, pedometers, and food. Larger prizes like massage sessions, nutrition sessions and personal sessions will be given away as well. Participants can also check out wellness booths set up with the personal trainers. “Our personal trainers will be there to talk about our personal training programs and all of our other wellness programs,” she said. “And also some nutritional information -it’s more like a fitness fair.” Since “That Fitness Thang” is a collaborative effort to introduce students to healthy living techniques, the fitness instructors are a key element to the group fitness classes, and hope to draw in more participants. “It takes a small village, but everybody here in our program – our GA’s and all of our group fitness instructors – are very excited to promote this,” Oden said. “I was proud of them because they didn’t want to just promote, it was their idea to make it more knowledge-based, to provide a more well-rounded ‘Hey, this is what we need to do to get healthy’ approach.”Group fitness schedules can be picked up at the HKC or found online. “We are trying to perk their interests,” she said. “They’ve got to be here to find out what all we do. They’ll have that opportunity-even all the outdoor activities that we do- during ‘That Fitness Thang’.”For more information, visit the Rec Sports Web site at http://www.shsu.edu/recsports or call Oden at 294-1307.

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