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New Year, New U: 12 Ways to Work Out on Campus

It is often said that it takes twenty-one days to form a habit. So now that it’s February, are your resolutions for fitness goals intact? If your regimen could use a few more reps, remember that a great resource for exercising your body and mind can be found right in our back yard at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Whether you’re a resident or visitor, student or parent, we’ve dug up a dozen different ways you can get your sweat on now that the semester is back in session—or try a new one each month!

#1: Build your stamina on Bascom. This famous hill, considered the core of campus, provides the perfect interval in your running route. The hill itself is 850 feet long, and the change in elevation from Park Street at its base to the Abe Lincoln statue near its crest is 86 feet. Enough said.

#2 and 3: Swim at the SERF or NAT: The South East Recreational Facility (“SERF” for short!) pool has 16, 25-yard lanes that can be configured for water walking, fitness classes and water basketball. The historic Natatorium (referred to as “The Nat”) has 8, 25-yard lanes for water activities plus spring diving boards. Learn more about membership and guest pass info.

#4: Go climbing. The Sett at Union South has a two-story climbing and one-story bouldering wall with frequently changing routes to keep things challenging. And daily rates are just five bucks!

#5: Go back to class. Whether or not you ever attended the UW, it’s not too late to add it to your resume. From learning a new language to making music, there are nearly 400 personal enrichment programs per year to explore through UW’s Continuing Studies department.

#6: Go with the flow. The Mind-Body Studio program offers yoga and Pilates classes that have limited enrollment to maximize individualized attention. You can even try Alignment Yoga for free on selected dates.

#7: Skate at the Shell: Camp Randall is well-known in the sports world, but the Camp Randall Sports Center is more of a hidden gem (and gym!). There, you can ice skate, run, row or take advantage of more than 60 pieces of cardio equipment. Click here for membership and guest pass details.

#8: Partner up for personal training: If it’s intimidating to work with a trainer on your own, grab a good friend and sign up together! There are three-, six- and 12-week sessions open to the community at three different locations: the SERF, the Nat or the Shell.

#9: Zumba your way through the Wellness Expo. This annual spring event is FREE—and open to both the campus and the Madison community. The Zumbathon is just one of many activities designed with health and wellness in mind.

#10: Save your spot at Bucky’s Workout. This end-of-the-school-year-session is your chance to get on the field at Camp Randall as part of an hour-long, group exercise session led by Bucky and Rec Sports instructors! Details for 2016 are TBA, but you can read about last year’s event here.

#11: Start your morning with sunrise yoga. This 4-week, summer class is set amid the gorgeous Allen Centennial Gardens and is a Vinyasa-based flow designed to strengthen and balance the body.

#12: Night cap with a night class. Students who want to learn, study and test on a nontraditional schedule can register for Independent Learning courses arranged through UW–Extension. A wide range of online courses have been developed by UW faculty, and can be started at any time.