Summer is over, and school is here! How will I have time to work out with my busy schedule? Is the freshman fifteen a real thing? Trinity offers some ways for you to stay in shape without the stress!

1. Go to the gym
The Trinity athletic center is a great place to get active. The William H. Bell Center has a cardio room equipped with treadmills, ellipticals and stair-steppers as well as machines for a full body workout. The Bell Center also has a weight room. I know a lot of people think the weight room is only for athletes, but anyone can work out there too! The weight room is great for a strength and agility workout with a full set of free weights and bar racks. Our athletic center offers other activities such as racquetball, ping pong, basketball and tennis.Just go to the equipment desk on the second floor of the Bell Center to check out any necessary equipment. The only thing you need is your Tiger Card, and you are ready to go.

2. Join an Intramural team
Getting involved with intramurals is super easy and fun! They offer multiple sports each semester including flag football, coed basketball, indoor soccer, sand volleyball and many more. Intramurals are great for any skill level and they are a way to make some new friends. All intramurals are officiated by students to keep the competitive edge. Some teams do get very competitive, including our faculty basketball team, which participates every year. You are allowed to participate in multiple sports if you would like, but only on one team for each sport. If you are interested in signing up for any of the sports, please contact Tyler Hatton (thatton@trinity.edu) with any questions or concerns. Pick a sport and join the fun!

3. Get involved in TUFit
TUFit is a student-run organization on campus that hosts different athletic events every week.
The schedule for this fall has not come out yet, but past events included yoga, strength class, zumba class, crossfit and meditation. Some of the classes are not on campus, but close enough to campus to attend. These events are completely free, and you get to pick what kind of workout you want. It is a great way to keep a mixed workout schedule so you do not get bored of doing the same thing every day. TUFit will get you moving with some fun activities, so don’t miss out!

4. Eat healthy
Yes, working out does help you stay in shape, but you also have to get in those vegetables. Mabee offers a stir fry line where you can pick your vegetables and sauce, and they will cook it for you. The dining hall also has a great sandwich line with different meats and bread to choose from for you to create the perfect sandwich. The comfort food lines normally offer some type of meat or fish along with vegetables and side options. If you need a snack during the day, our Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) has great little bites for when you’re on the go, in between classes or for a study break. Eating healthily will also keep your energy up and keep you focused for your classes. Trinity offers great options to make sure you get the nutrition you need!

5. Walk to class
I know this sounds obvious, but since our campus sits on an old quarry, walking around is a great workout in itself. Even walking up the many steps of cardiac hill a couple times a day is a calorie burner. Many people drive to class, but simply walking to class could give you an advantage for staying fit. Walking to class allows you to be social and say “Hi” to people on your way. Maybe find a friend to walk to class with to make it more enjoyable. I know it can be uncomfortable in the Texas heat, but bringing a water bottle with you to class will keep you hydrated.

Take in these five tips this year, and stay healthy. Staying in shape shouldn’t be a challenge when you get to college and Trinity has many options that you can take advantage of.

Get involved in different activities on campus and have fun.