Indoor and Outdoor Activities on Campus

I want to talk about two other activities students, faculty and all members of UT Rec Sports can and should particiapte in to stay fit and have fun. 

Rec Sports facilities (i.e. Gregory, Rec Center and Bellmont) have a buffet of racquetball, squash, wallyball and handball courts for recreational and competitive play everyday of the week. 

The Rec Center has eight racquetball courts and two squash courts for all types of competition. Patrons can also reserve courts by going to the facilities or by going online. 

“I play a lot and I’ve gotten some of my friends up here too,” junior Ryan Hejl said. “I usually come in the afternoon when its less crowded and less likely to have a tournament or something.” 

One of Hejl’s friends is roommate Ari Puntes who said that Hejl wears him out when they play together. 

“It’s a really unexpected workout,” Puentes said. 

The Rec Center and Gregory both have racquetball, walleyball and squash equiptment to check out with a student ID card so don’t worry if you feel unsuited to play. It really is a blast and a great way to get some exercise. 

Another service available is outdoor walking and jogging tracks around campus. Of course, the weather has not been ideal for outdoor activity the last few weeks,m but there are still some nice mornings and afternoons for a peaceful walk, jog or run around the 40 Acres. 

Heading outdoors is a great change of pace from normal treadmills and elliptical machines so head outside. There are six basic trails:  Inner campus Drive Loop, The Stadium Loop, Guadeloupe Run, West Campus Run, Hancock Golf Course Run and The Two+ Mile Loop. All routes begin at Gregory Gym, 21st and Speedway. 

And while the outdoors can be relaxing and a shakeup in the normal routine, please remember to be safe. 

  • Always face incoming traffic and stay as far away from the road as possible
  • If you have to listen to music, keep it at a low volume to listen for traffic, pedestrians, etc. (maybe try one in one out)
  • Stay in well-lit areas and maintain eye contact with other motor vehicle operators
  • Use buddy system (don’t want anybody getting lost out there)
  • Wear light colors or reflective clothing after dark 

“I run outdoors whenever I get a chance,” senior Amy Bruner said. “You get to actually see something instead of the back of someone else on a treadmill or the news.” 

Remember, there are dozens of ways to workout on campus. Just find what fits you and have fun!


2 Responses to Indoor and Outdoor Activities on Campus

  1. Instead of running on the track, I’ll just stick with the treadmill in Rec Sports.

  2. msherfield says:

    I am a beast on the racquetball courts and extend a challenge to any one in the writing for online class. Bring it. Apparently, there are plenty of places on campus we can play, right Austin?

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