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    SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 | THE MEREDITH HERALD • Educating Women to Excel I VOL XXVI • ISSUE X
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EXERCISE AT MEREDITH
COLLEGE
Amy Hruby
Staff Writer
For many college students, ex
ercise can be a bore. With classes,
homework, clubs, internships and
work, how can anyone other than
athletes find time to work out?
With the new US Department
of Agriculture diet and exercise
standards suggesting at least 30
if not 60 minutes of exercise daily
and never-ending media pressure
to lose weight, many students give
up on exercise altogether. But
even busy college students need
to make time for exercise.
To graduate from Meredith,
students must complete four hours
of physical activity for credit. While
this requirement may seem dif
ficult, tile Meredith Health, Exer
cise and Sports Sciences (HESS),
Department offers a variety of
classes that provide exercise and ,
fun. Sports-related classes include
golf, tennis, fencing, basketball,
soccer, softball, volleyball and
lacrosse in several levels for play
ers with different skills. Traditional
gym-offerings are also available,
lile aerobics, cross training, yoga,
Pilates, and kickboxing.
For those who find sports or
gym classes too mundane for
their tastes, the HESS Depart
ment offers nontraditional classes
like dance-cardio funk, bowling,
karate, folk, square and country
line dance.
Meredith has dance class for every
taste in music and motion. Even
if students have never danced be
fore, they can take beginner level
classes. According to Director of
Photo courtesy http://www.meredith.edu/hess/defaulthtm
Dance, Carol Finley, ‘The Dance
Program offers four levels of ballet,
jazz, and modern dance as well as
courses in world dance, improvisa
tion, and mind body integration.
Recent special topics classes
tap, stretch and align, and move
ment for musical theatre fulfill the
physical activity component of gen
eral education, and performance
opportunities Meredith Dance
Theatre, Repertory, Participation
in Choreographic Projects, and
Creative Arts Touring Company are
also physical activity classes," '
For students that prefer to
exercise on their own time rather
than in class, Meredith also offers
extensive facilities. The Fitness
Center, located in Weatherspoon
Gym, has a variety of cardio
machines available, including
bicycles, treadmills, stair climbers
Photo courtesy http://www.meredilh.edu/about/virluai-tour/stop7a.html
and elliptical machines. Also in the
Fitness Center are many weight
machines, free weights, benches,,
and medicine balls for those who
like to add strength training to their
exercise routines.
In addition to the Fitness Center,
the new track and field offer great
exercise opportunities to all Mer
edith students—not just athletes.
The running surface is perfect for
those who want to protect their
knees from the hard pavement,
and the field allows runners to
easily add calisthenics to their
workout. For runners who want a
more scenic running route than the
track, the "Meredith Mile” stretches
across various sidewalks and
roads around campus. Frequented
by those who take the popular PE
class, Walk, Jog, Run, the Mer
edith Mile is a popular haunt of all
Meredith runners.
However, after a few years of
running the same track or hitting
the same gym each week, every
one needs a change of scenery.
Luckily for Meredith students, the
surrounding Raleigh area offers
many exercise opportunities. There
are many gyms near Meredith,
but one of the most affordable,
college-friendly options is the
YMCAofthe Triangle. Located on
Hillsborough Street, It is less than
two miles from campus, which is
only a brief drive or jog away. This
YMCA location (the Alexander
Family YMCA) offers an indoor
track, cycling studio, women's
health center and group classes.
It costs about $30 a month to be '
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