Tricks to Sticking to Your Workout Goals

Tricks to Sticking to Your Workout Goals Stick with your Fit Friends… 6 feet apart 🙂 Research demonstrates that we are more likely to complete our fitness programs or lose more weight if we hang out with our Fit Friends. Schedule Your Workouts Just like class or a doctors appointment, schedule your workouts into your…

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My Experience as an Adventure Rec Faciliator

    My name is Jackie and I’m an Adventure Rec Student Facilitator. Being a student facilitator has helped me expand my leadership skills while doing something I am truly passionate about- introducing people to the great outdoors! The position of Student Facilitator is a volunteer position aimed at developing student leadership skills through immersive experience in…

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8 Tips to Staying Active During Finals Week

  College students encounter extraordinary stress during their academic careers, specifically during mid-terms and finals weeks. Juggling classes, studying, jobs, personal relationships, and life, in general, can be overwhelming.   Good News! Exercise is not only beneficial for physical health but also enhances mental health and academic success.   Research has shown time and time…

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Love to swim, bike and run? Consider a triathlon.

Throughout the pandemic, people have struggled to find safe sport options. Triathlons offer individuals the opportunity to safely participate in a socially distant competition while pushing their physical and mental boundaries. Triathlons first became popular in the 1970s in Southern California. The international standard features individuals competing for the fastest time in a 1.5-kilometer swim,…

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Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer

BECOMING A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER Becoming a personal trainer has elevated not only my professional career but also my personal development as a health and fitness enthusiast. After getting certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), I have a better appreciation and understanding of how exercise influences not only the musculoskeletal system but…

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Strength Training for Runners

  Taking a comprehensive approach to running will ensure a stronger and healthier runner. By incorporating strength training into weekly workouts, runners can experience increased speed, improved imbalances, enhanced mobility, and decreased risk of injury. Additionally, strength training can improve body composition by maintaining and/or increasing lean body mass and decreasing percentage of body fat.…

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Running in Chilly Weather: Prep for Warmth!

Although running in the winter might not be every runner’s favorite, it doesn’t have to be miserable if you prepare! In fact, it can be very enjoyable and beautiful. Follow these chilly–weather–running–tips to enjoy your next chilly run. Keep Extremities Warm Our body reacts to cold temperatures by reducing blood flow to the hands and…

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Road Running Safety Checklist

Training for a race will almost always require you to run outside on the roads. It is great to train outside because that is where you will be racing, but it’s imperative to be SAFE and SMART especially if you’re new to the area or to the running route.   Check off these safety boxes…

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Why and How to Warm Up for a Run

Actively warming up prepares your body physically and mentally for the demands of running. A proper warm up not only enhances performance but is also crucial to injury risk reduction.     Why Warmup?  Increases core body temperature   Improves range of motion  Activates the central nervous system  Boosts blood flow to the muscles you rely on…

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6 Tips Beginner 5K Runners Need to Know

The 5-kilometer distance, or 3.1 miles, is a great goal for any new runner. In fact, the 5K distance race is the most popular event nationally by a large margin.   Follow these 5K tips to best prepare and train smart for your first 5K!   The Most Important Gear: Running Shoes  Running is a relatively inexpensive…

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8 Reasons to Run a Virtual Race

Virtual races are not a novel idea, but these events have exploded in popularity and variety since the start of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The widely used race promotion platform, runningusa.org, estimated that over 18.1 million people registered for a race in 2018. Of those races, the 5K is the most popular distance making up…

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AdventuREC Skillset: 10 Essentials, part 2

In the first installment discussing the “10 essentials”, I presented an overview of the types of items that one should consider when putting together their own kit bag for outdoor adventures.  In this post, I’m going to address in more detail how to store and manage three key items along with a couple of tips…

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AdventuREC Destinations: Phillips Preserve

This Friday we’re taking you on a tour of the Phillips Preserve, a part of the Middlesex County park system.  While the namesake of this park is John A Phillips, former Middlesex County Freeholder, I’m dedicating this trip to Jordon Phillips, Rutgers alumnus and one of the most influential student leaders in the GO Outdoors…

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AdventuREC Skillset: 10 Essentials

In addition to our weekly destination posts, we’re going to be bringing you tips, tricks, and skill-based content that will help you to be a more prepared outdoors person.  Today, the focus of our post will be the concept of the “10 Essentials” kit and the philosophy behind what you may (or may not) want…

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AdventuREC Destinations: Duke Island Park

This week’s installment of our destination overviews features a trip to Duke Island Park, located within the purvey of the Somerset County Park Commission.  A gem of an outdoor recreation area, this park comprises approximately 340 acres of beautiful terrain that includes picnic and play areas as well as a wonderful section of footpaths that spend…

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