Start Your Year Off On The Right Foot!

By Cole Meagher (ArtSci ' 14)

With the new school year around the corner, there is no better time than now to get into a good routine for the fall. Whether you have worked hard all summer to get that perfect beach body or are just gaining an interest in looking, feeling, and performing better, September is a great time to explore different activities available to you.

There are a wide variety of activities you can do on campus to improve your physical health. Be sure to experiment with activities you’ve never tried before, you might discover a new favourite! The ARC’s shopping week (September 10-16) allows anyone to sample classes for free such as pilates, spinning, yoga, core and other fitness classes with no commitment. You can see a list of class descriptions here. Intramural sports like volleyball or soccer are also a great way to have fun and get an awesome workout at the same time. Other groups such as Queen’s Run Club and Residence yoga are free alternatives available to anyone interested in developing their running or yoga skills.

Here is an example week of workouts both guys and girls can experiment with. Be sure to Google/Youtube any exercises/activities that might be unfamiliar to you.

Note: For the workouts with letters and numbers. The letter represent which exercises are paired together and the number is the order you do each exercise in. For example: if the workout states A1, A2, and A3, perform one set of A1, a set of A2 and finally perform one set of A3. Once you have done one set of each of the grouped exercises go back to A1 and start again until all sets are complete.

There you have it, a sample week of diverse activities you can perform at any fitness level. These workouts can be adjusted to your needs by reducing the amount of reps or sets, so don’t be intimidated! If there is something listed you haven’t tried before, give it a shot. Stepping out of your comfort zone is the fastest way to get results. That said, make these workouts fun and be sure to listen to your body.

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