Passport to Fitness encourages activity

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 Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Open hours in Candler offer opportunities for exercise.

By Melissa Luna

Students spend a lot of time sitting in classes and studying. To encourage students to be active, the health promotions office is sponsoring Passport To Fitness through April 30.

The program asks students to sign up in the office in Loftin Student Center and agree to complete 30-minute sessions of continuous physical activity and log their efforts on a form.

The physical activity doesn’t have to take place on campus.

Students must report to student success adviser Mary Dayton or any student life employee on a weekly basis and have them initial each workout for verification.

Based on the total amount of physical activity completed, the top five finishers will receive prizes.

All participants who complete at least five hours of physical activity will receive a prize.

Engineering freshman Justin Davila joined the program because he is a first-time college student and wanted to join an event.

“I also like to work out,” he said. “It is easy to sign up for. You sign up, pick up your log and work out. It can’t be easier.”

Davila is taking advantage of open recreational hours in Candler Physical Education Center and plans to take a kinesiology course.

Open recreational hours allow students to use the gym, conditioning room and swimming pool without being enrolled in a kinesiology course.

Sign language and interpreter training sophomore Sarah Vasquez finds the program “very motivating.”

“I have always been into fitness,” she said. “I had to cut back a lot with my schedule.”

Vasquez works two full-time jobs and takes three evening courses at this college.

“I am not where I used to be fitnesswise,” Vasquez said. “So I decided a competition would be just the push I need to jump back into it.”

Students must RSVP on Orgsync and stop by the health promotions office in Room 150 in Loftin to pick up a passport log.

“It’s not too late to sign up. Just RSVP and get started,” Dayton said.

Gymnasium 2 in Candler is open 2-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 3-4:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The pool is open 1-3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 2-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The conditioning room is open 3-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The fitness center in Loftin is open 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. Students must present a student ID to use equipment in the center.

For more information, call 210-486-0127.


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