Plunge into the fall semester with easy and affordable exercise routines to keep you fresh, fit and focused for whatever curveball college will throw you. As the first day of classes approaches, emotions run high. Stress levels skyrocket, and students search for ways to let off steam.
Some pursue the easy path to relaxation by smoking, obsessively decorating their cell-like room or partying in “Old Mill.” Instead, why not find a healthy outlet for semester stress by working out?
Fortunately, the Dallas area is a friend to those seeking affordable exercise. Here is a list of five inexpensive workout locations for the overworked college student.
- Karmany Yoga
Keep your mind and body sharp with power, restorative or athletic yoga. Trade in that four pack of Red Bull to stay energetic and at the top of your game with classes at Karmany Yoga, where you only have to pay what you can.
Yoga instructor Leanne Hutcherson says that, unlike the pressure of gyms, “yoga meets you where you are and helps you deal with the fast pace of life.”
“Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia,” according to the American Osteopathic Assocation. “One of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which has been known to have devastating effects on the body and mind.”
- Klyde Warren Park
Just a DART ride away, the beautiful Klyde Warren Park offers free classes on the Great Lawn. Throughout the week, the park offers pilates (6-7 p.m. Tuesdays), Zumba (6-7 p.m. Wednesdays) and yoga (5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays). For the ambitious early riser, on Saturday mornings Tai Chi is often offered from 8-9 a.m. and boot camp from 9-10 a.m. Yoga is also offered both Saturday and Sunday from 10-11 a.m.
- Summit and North Texas Outdoor Pursuit: Rock-climbing
For those missing the mountains, Summit offers rock-climbing, gear included, for just ten bucks. This deal applies to students on Saturdays after 6 p.m., ladies on Fridays after 6 p.m. or to anyone with a friend for a $20 deal on Wednesday evenings after 4 p.m. Tone your arms and have a fun night with friends without breaking the bank.
Another great rock climbing option is the North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center, where the tallest indoor rock route in the world towers at a staggering height of over 120 feet.
“The routes are a blast,” said senior Brandon Ashton. “They really make you get outdoors.”
With silos converted into climbing towers, Ashton describes the center as having a “hipster feel.”
For beginners an $8 basic training course is required, and on completion you receive a complimentary free pass for your next visit.
- The Fencing Institute of Texas
Who can say chivalry is dead? The Fencing Institute has free introductory classes for anyone looking to release pent-up Homeric rage. Simply arrive 15 minutes prior to the Friday 7-8 p.m. class.
- University of Dallas Rec Classes
Last but not least, UD will challenge students with exciting classes such as aikido, yoga, boxing and Zumba, according to Diego Healy, the UD Rec Sports Intern. Or if competition motivates you, get pumped with intramural sports, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Swimming, Swing Club or Martial Arts Club. A schedule will be released with more information on times and prices. Stay tuned!