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Core Strength Move of the Week, Virtual Cooking Demo, and Outdoor Tip of the Week

RecSports wants to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle while you’re at home.

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Fitness, Health, & Wellness

Simple preventative measures like engaging in daily activity or mindfulness meditation are great prevention strategies when coupled with consistent handwashing and other healthy habits!

Virtual Group Fitness Classes Now Available

All group fitness classes are FREE to UT students who have paid their student activities fees, and all faculty/staff who have paid membership fees to RecSports. Classes are held every day so be sure to check out the schedule!

“420 Lazy Daze” with CHEW

“Lazy Daze” is a virtual event hosted by CHEW to talk about cannabis. During the event, you will learn about the reasons some people are drawn to use cannabis and what we know about the effects and potential unwanted consequences. All students who attend this event will have a chance to win a gift card.

Virtual Cooking Demo

Basketball star and international student Yves Pons is going to host a live cooking demonstration on Friday, April 17 at 4 p.m. This will be hosted on our Instagram @UTKInternational. Yves is from France and will be demonstrating how to make crepes.

Free Fitness Subscriptions

TRX – Over 80 class options (ones that don’t require TRX setup too), currently free, usually $4.99/month – Website; App Link

Peloton – Thousands of classes (that don’t include bikes too), 90-day free trial, usually $19.49 –Website; App Link

Core Strength Move of the Week: “Superman”

This move strengthens your entire core, buttocks, and back, all of which can help improve posture and ease lower back pain. To begin:

  1. Lie faced down on a mat/floor, legs stretched out behind you and arms stretched out in front.
  2. Slowly raise your arms and legs up off the floor/mat at the same time, keeping arms and legs as straight as possible with your head and neck neutral with your spine (don’t look up, don’t look down)
  3. Hold for five seconds, then return to starting position. That’s considered one repetition. Do eight reps and continue to increase the number of repetitions, working up to 12-15 reps. Perform this exercise at least three times per week.  Always leaving 24-48 hours rest in between.

Outdoor Tip of the Week

You can still do outdoor activities!

The Outdoor Alliance has put together a handy guide to help know what you still can do! Some key takeaways from the article are that you want to still maintain social distancing, you want to stay local, and you don’t want to push yourself too hard.

Getting outside right now has some great benefits! There is a lot of research into how getting outside is great for improving mental health, which is especially important given the collective stress we’re all under. Now is a great opportunity for discovery, whether it’s finding new paths or trails locally, trying out new sports or outdoor activity, picking up gardening is a great way to spend minutes outside every day, or by finding a new podcast to listen to while walking. Going outside by yourself is a great time to reconnect; going for a walk is a great time to call friends and talk without roommates or family listening in. Sometimes you can find a new adventure even in your own backyard, whether it’s camping out in your yard, or climbing on your roof to get the perfect sunset angle.


Looking for ways to pass time at home or challenge your mind? Check out some top sports movies on Netflix, compete against your friends no matter where you are or test out your own Sudoku skills!

Virtual Intramural Events

National Collegiate Trivia Night

Join us every Wednesday in April for the first-ever National Collegiate Trivia Night hosted by Cornell University! Any student, faculty, or staff member from schools across the country is welcome to participate. Swag prizes to the top 5 finishers, and random drawings throughout the event.

How to Participate: Create your own Twitch Account and follow the channel to participate. It is that is easy! The trivia itself is mobile-friendly. When you submit your entry, consider naming your team “UTK,” followed by your first and last name (for example, “UTK – John Smith”). This will allow us to award the highest scoring UTK participant a championship shirt each week. You MUST sign up using the above format to be eligible.

When: Every Wednesday in April beginning this Wednesday, April 1 at 8 pm EDT

Where: Streaming live on our Twitch Channel:

April 15, 2020